VISUAL ARTS COURSES
Studio in Art: 1 Credit, Ames
This course is for students desiring a broad background in the visual arts as part of their general education and for students who plan to elect further courses in art. This course is an introduction to the fundamental elements, principles and processes of 2 and 3-dimensional design and uses a variety of traditional and nontraditional media with an emphasis on problem-solving, creative exploration and collaboration. Students will use and transfer traditional art making skills into digital art making skills. Through the use of digital creativity tools such as iPads and dynamic art and communication apps, students will create traditional and new media as they explore painting, drawing, photography, art critique, storytelling, animation, graphic design and movie-making. Historical periods and artists are compared and contrasted through reading, writing, and computer-based activities. This is a full year course. The State Education Department recommends this course to meet the Art/ Music requirement for the high school diploma.
Studio in Art I: 1 Credit, MHS
This course is for students desiring a broad background in the visual arts as part of their general education and for students who plan to elect further courses in art. Students will engage in a variety of experiences based upon the acquisition and understanding of skills and processes and the application of that knowledge using the formal Elements of Art and Principles of Design as a framework. They will develop and explore a variety of materials and techniques to represent 2 and 3-dimensional works of art and the responsibility and care of supplies and equipment in the art room. This is a full year course. The State Education Department recommends this course to meet the Art/Music requirement for the high school diploma.
Drawing and Painting I: 1 Credit, MHS
The objective of this art course is for students to develop skills employing observation in order to create still life, portraiture, figure studies and landscape works of art. Students will explore graphite, charcoal, chalk pastels, oil pastels, mixed media, watercolor paint and acrylic paint while investigating a variety of techniques and processes within each medium. The Elements of Art and Principles of Design will function as the framework for this inquiry to further their artistic and analytical skill development. Students will augment their learning through the use of technology, possible museum visits and the contributions developed by artists within certain cultural context, whose creations transformed the way we view art today. Participation in community service projects and mural design is highly encouraged. Prerequisite: Studio in Art or Studio in Art/New Media
Drawing and Painting II: 1 Credit, MHS
The objective of this course is for students to create meaningful and expressive works of art building upon previously acquired skills and new ones learned. They will explore novel ways to use materials and processes to create original projects. The Elements of Art and Principles of Design will function as the framework for this inquiry to further their artistic and analytical skill development. Students will augment their learning through the use of technology, possible museum visits and the contributions developed by artists within certain cultural context, whose creations transformed the way we view art today. Participation in community service projects and mural design is highly encouraged. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting I
Creative Crafts: .5 Credit, Ames and MHS
In this art course students will learn about and experience a variety of materials and methods in the broad field of crafts. This may include, but not limited to, such areas as embroidery, macrame’, jewelry design, bead making, needlework, ceramics, printmaking, pillow making, and tie dying. The history of crafts and its impact in society will be covered.
Studio in Sculpture: 1 Credit, MHS NOT offered in 2020-2021
This art course is an introduction to working three dimensionally. The student will be exposed to working hands on with a variety of materials, tools, and techniques that may include clay, cardboard, plaster, paper mache, metal and wood. The student will have a variety of experiences that will include the study of art history as it relates to the world of sculpture. Problem solving techniques are developed and stressed and participation in community service projects is encouraged. This course is offered every other year. Prerequisite: Studio in Art or Studio in Art/New Media
Advanced Studio in Sculpture: 1 Credit, MHS
This art course further develops the students’ ability to work three dimensionally, as well as building on their ability to problem solve using sculptural media. This course builds upon the knowledge of media and technique learned in Studio in Sculpture. The student will work with a variety of materials including cardboard, paper mache, clay, plaster, claymation video creation, and metal. The student will have a variety of art experiences including a study of art history based upon the understanding, knowledge, appreciation and application of the fundamental skills in sculpture. Prerequisite: Studio in Art or Studio in Art/New Media and Studio in Sculpture.
Studio in Ceramics: 1 Credit, MHS
In this art course the students will experience a variety of hand-building and throwing (using the pottery wheel) techniques in clay. This course will give the student a basic understanding of clay and ceramic methods. The student will learn to manipulate clay using a variety of methods including pinch, slab, coil and throwing techniques. Creative thinking and problem solving are stressed in this course. This course is offered every other year.
Computer Art & Graphic Design: 1 Credit, MHS
This program is designed to introduce the student to the tools necessary for a career as a graphic artist, graphic designer, digital photographer or illustrator. Students will learn advanced techniques using PhotoShop, the industry standard for professional image editing production, Corel Painter, a software application that is used to create fine art, Adobe Illustrator, for artistic composition and design, and various other applications including programs for 3-D rendering and basic animation. Students will learn about resolution for the proper use of scanners and digital cameras. The use of drawing tablets for more creative control will be emphasized. Students will produce graphic portfolios necessary for college admission or a career in graphic art or commercial field. Prerequisite: Studio in Art or Studio in Art/New Media
Studio in Interior Design (Fall) and Studio in Advertising Design (Spring): .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS. NOT offered in 2020-2021
- Studio in Interior Design (Fall) - acquaints students with the designing of interior space. Floor plans, furniture arrangements, memo boards and individual pieces of furniture are designed and rendered, perspective drawings are emphasized. Color schemes based upon wall coverings, fabrics, flooring and lighting are developed. The study of furniture and periods, including rendering of each piece are an integral part of this course. This course is offered every other year.
- Studio in Advertising Design (Spring) - is designed to develop in students the knowledge and understanding of aesthetic principles and skills involved in advertising. The course covers the development of advertising, its function and the production processes involved. Experiences similar to those found in advertising agencies are simulated in the classroom. Individual approaches to the problems and the study of current trends in advertising are encouraged. Assignments include the areas of Ad campaigns, logos, newspaper advertisement, magazine layouts, package design, brochures, stationery, and television commercials. This course is offered every other year.
Studio in Fashion Design (Fall) and Studio in Textile Design (Spring): .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS
- Studio in Fashion Design (Fall) - aims to develop and encourage students in the designing of clothing for the human figure. Principles of drawing the human figure and simple action figures are taught. The history of fashion is studied along with its influence on our everyday dress. Students will design for the female and male figure and for children. Students will experience working in a variety of media, including acrylics, tempera, colored pencils, mixed media and pen and ink. This course is offered every other year.
- Studio in Textile Design (Spring) - introduces students to the multifaceted world of designing fabrics. The curriculum introduces students to designing for women’s, men’s and children’s wear as well as decorative, plaids, florals and woven design. The history of textiles, color theory, terminology and use of materials are covered in the course. Students will be working with an assortment of mediums. This class is recommended for any student interested in further studies in Fashion Design.
Advanced Placement Studio in Art: 1 Credit, MHS
This course is for the highly motivated student who is committed to the study of art and who choose to do college level work while still in high school. Students who are accepted into this program will create a portfolio meeting the requirements of the AP College Board. Students will explore the use of various media, while using skills and techniques learned to create advanced level artwork. Challenging their creativity students must be self-motivated to meet the rigorous requirements of this course, which includes devoting time outside of class to meet the demands of the course. The course culminates with a major art exhibit, which displays the student’s body of work. Students must be recommended by the Drawing and Painting II art teacher for enrollment in AP Studio in Drawing. Summer drawing assignments are required. Students are required to take the AP Studio in Drawing exam in May. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting II
Advanced Placement Art History: 1 Credit, MHS
This is a rigorous, advanced level course in Art History for students who are committed to doing college level work while still in high school. Students are introduced to analyzing works of art within diverse historical and cultural contexts, considering issues such as politics, religion, patronage, gender, and ethnicity. Students explore major forms of artistic expression including architecture, sculpture, painting and other media from across a variety of cultures. Students will learn about the purpose and function of art as they develop their ability to articulate visual and art historical concepts in discussions, curating exhibits of master works, research and written form. Students will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan to support learning. Students will be required to take the AP Art History exam in May 2020.