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Art Foundations
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Art Foundations
(Two Semesters)
Art Foundations
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Art Foundations
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  Digital Photography & Design I
(One Semester)
Digital Photography & Design I
(One Semester)
Digital Photography & Design I
(One Semester)
  Digital Photography & Design II
(One Semester)
Digital Photography & Design II
(One Semester)
Digital Photography & Design II
(One Semester)
    Ceramics I
(One Semester)
Ceramics I
(One Semester)
    Ceramics II
(One Semester)
Ceramics II
(One Semester)
  Art History
(One Semester)
Art History
(One Semester)
Art History
(One Semester)
These Classes Require Art Foundations as Prerequisite
  Mixed Media Art
(One Semester)
Mixed Media Art
(One Semester)
Mixed Media Art
(One Semester)
  Drawing & Painting
(Two Semesters)
Drawing & Painting
(Two Semesters)
Drawing & Painting
(Two Semesters)
    Honors Studio Art
(Two Semesters)
Honors Studio Art
(Two Semesters)
      AP Studio Art
(Two Semesters)

This two-semester course is intended for students interested in visual art.  It is open to all students, but is suggested for freshmen and sophomores as a prerequisite for upper level art classes.  Students will learn to apply the visual elements of art and principles of design through two and three-dimensional compositions.  Students will be directly involved in art making while developing their creative problem-solving skills and individual expression.  A wide variety of art techniques and processes will be introduced to help the emerging artist master basic art skills, understand art concepts and cultivate creativity.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 9-12

This one-semester course is intended for the entry level art student interested in developing their eye as a photographer and gaining graphic design experience. A hands-on approach will explore visual literacy through learning basic digital photography techniques and manipulating digital imagery using Adobe Photoshop. Graphic design will be introduced looking at the integration of digital images with other design elements to create effective visual communications. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating individual expression and working with thematic concepts.

Course Fee: $12.50

Purchasing a high end digital camera is not required for this course.

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 10-12

This one-semester course is a continuation of Digital Photography and Design I. Students will further develop their eye as a photographer as well as explore more advanced graphic design processes. Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop will be expanded and Adobe Illustrator will be introduced. A hands-on approach will continue to be used to explore visual literacy and emphasis will continue to be placed on cultivating individual expression and working with thematic concepts.

Course Fee: $12.50

The purchase of a high end digital camera is not required for this course.

Prerequisite:  Digital Photography & Design I

Grades: 10-12

This one-semester course is designed as an introductory level for hand-building and glazing techniques with clay.  Throwing on the potter's wheel will be introduced.  Students are challenged to create visual ideas in clay that are both sculptural and functional based on contemporary and historical references. Emphasis is placed on quality, creativity, craftsmanship, and participating responsibly, in this independent studio-based class.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: None 

Grades offered: 11-12

This one-semester course is a continuation of Ceramics I, for the serious ceramics student.  Students are expected to work independently to design and execute hand-built sculptural artwork. Emphasis is placed on personal expression and style in three-dimensional work. Students will develop advanced techniques while understanding and demonstrating how principles of design function within their artwork.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: Passing Grade in Ceramics I 

Grades offered: 11-12

This one-semester discussion-based course is designed for the student who is interested in the study of art history. Students will develop visual literacy to help promote their skill of analyzing traditional and contemporary visual art. Topics discussed will focus on the reasons for the existence of art, understanding different art forms, and the growth of an appreciation for the world of art. Students will be challenged to make the connection that art is a reflection of the time in which it was made.  This is a discussion-based class.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 10-12

This one-semester course emphasizes the creation of art using two or more art media in a single composition.  This technique provides an individual, inventive, multi-layered approach to the creation of art.  Emphasis is placed on principles of design and expanding the creative process.  The history of this approach is studied while students investigate the areas of mixed media art, collage, and assemblage.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite: Art Foundations

Grades offered: 10-12

This one year course is designed for art students who want to further develop their technical and conceptual two-dimensional art skills.  It offers challenging, advanced work through a wide variety of drawing and painting media.  A creative, personal approach to studio art assignments is encouraged.  Historical and contemporary artists and art movements are emphasized in relationship to style development.  Multiple genres such as still life, figure, abstract, landscape, portraiture and fantasy will be explored. Sketchbook homework assignments are required.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite:  Art Foundations

Grades offered: 10-12

This two-semester course is open to advanced art students with at least two years (four semesters) of studio art experience. It is intended for mature art students who have demonstrated a high level of motivation and responsibility and whose work has consistently and clearly been above average in previous art classes. Coursework is determined on an individual basis depending on the students’ goals and interests. For students planning to take AP Studio Art their Senior year, Honors Studio will serve as a foundation for creating an AP Studio portfolio.

Course Fee: $12.50

Prerequisite:  Two Years (Four semesters) of studio art including Art Foundations.  Consistently and clearly above average quality of work in previous studio art classes.                                       

Grades offered:  11-12

AP Studio Art is designed for the advanced art student who is considering the pursuit of art beyond high school.  AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year.   AP Studio Art students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of the year to produce visual compositions.  Students may choose one of three portfolios: 2-D Design, 3-D Design or Drawing, within the course. The AP Studio Art course and portfolio assessment focuses on students developing artistic practices and habits of mind including the following:

  • Critical analysis
  • Evidence-based decision-making
  • Innovative thinking
  • Articulation of design elements and principles
  • Systematic investigation of formal and conceptual aspects of art making
  • Technical competence with materials and processes to communicate ideas
  • Incorporation of expressive qualities in art making
  • Demonstration of artistic intention
  • Creation of a body of work unified by a visual or conceptual theme

Prerequisite:  At least two years of visual arts.  Completed application form. Expertise in area of concentration. 

Grades offered:  12

The Art Club provides fellowship and plans activities for students who like art. Any interested District 127 student is welcome to join. You do not have to be enrolled in an art class. Students plan fundraisers and participate in Homecoming. Other activities may include: working on individual art projects, helping with the spring student art show, setting up exhibits, and planning a field trip to a gallery, art museum, or art event.

Meetings are on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm in room 2610

Sponsor: Sue Burns

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

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Dec 19, 2018 All Day Event

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Dec 19, 2018 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

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Dec 19, 2018 8:55 AM - 10:10 AM