HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS STAFF
Drawing and Composition I Computer Graphics I Studio Art I Fashion Illustration I/II
Studio Art III H Computer Graphics II Studio Art II AP Art History
Studio Art IV H/AP Computer Graphics III H Computer Graphics I
VISUAL ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
DRAWING AND COMPOSITION I PA (Grades 9-12) Credits 5 Prerequisite: None This one year fine arts course explores drawing techniques, materials, and the fundamentals of good composition.
Contour, three-dimensional figures, cartoon, landscape drawing, and portraiture will be among the drawing genres
included. Various drawing media; pencil, charcoal, pastel, conte, pen and ink, marker, cray pas, and colored pencil
will be used. This course is a suitable elective for those students who are planning fine-arts majors, as well as those
who are interested in improving their ability to draw what they see. The curriculum is readily adaptable for students
of all ability levels.
COMPUTER GRAPHICS I CPA (Grades 10-12)
This course will explore the use of the powerhouse tools of the electronic art age: the Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator Programs. It is designed to prepare the student for future studies in the graphic design field.
Projects are designed to build the student’s portfolio. The student will build on knowledge gained in previous
art classes with respect to various media, aesthetics, and art history. This course prepares students to apply
artistic techniques to express themselves through electronic media using typography, illustration, symbolism
and photography, combined with a firm foundation based on the elements and principles of art to create a
basic portfolio of work.
COMPUTER GRAPHICS II CPA (Grades 10-12)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Graphics I
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to master the art of page layout and design
for print and web publication. In addition, this course will cover the history of page layout, design and innovative
trends, as well as provide student exposure to professional samples, lectures, demonstrations, and guest speakers.
Students will build on what they learned in Computer Graphics I, and produce original print publications, web sites,
electronic presentations, and portfolios. At the conclusion of this course, students will have produced an electronic
portfolio of work accompanied by a personal promotional brochure and web site.
COMPUTER GRAPHICS III HONORS (Grade 11-12)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Graphics II and teacher recommendation
In preparation for graphic generation for television production, gaming, multimedia, presentations, advertising
commercials and web design, this course is a natural third level for the computer graphics students, as it will be
a training ground for special effects and animation artists. Computer Graphics III students will learn advanced
techniques in computer drawing, painting, and 3-D modeling in order to explore, develop, and communicate ideas,
solutions, information, and feelings as evidenced by the popular media of today in film, print, television commercials,
shows, and web sites. From art to advertising, and product design, 3-D thinking is mandatory for success in the
world of the twenty-first century. Students will build on the knowledge gained in Computer Graphics I and II and
learn the basics of animation and 3-D modeling and how it fits into the world of today’s design professionals.
Advanced Illustration, 3-D modeling, and animations will be created to enhance student projects.
STUDIO ART I CPA (Grades 9-12)
Studio Art I is designed to introduce students to several art disciplines. Students will create original artwork by
will understand the fundamentals of art as a way to communicate using visual symbols.
exploring a variety of materials and developing basic skills. Students will make connections to their world by studying
art history and works of various artists to facilitate an appreciation of visual art. By the end of this year, students
STUDIO ART II CPA (Grades 10-12)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art I or Drawing and Composition
Studio Art II focuses on problems and materials for the second year art student. It exposes students to a variety of
experiences in various media and provides an introduction to three-dimensional forms. Opportunities will be given
to students for in depth experimentation of specific mediums and subject matter as development of personal style
evolves throughout this course. Contemporary trends in art will be integrated within this course to enrich student
knowledge and awareness.
STUDIO ART III HONORS (Grades 11 and 12)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art II and Department Recommendation
This course is designed to provide intense study in art for those students who have a high level of interest in
developing their own personal forms of expression in greater depth. Emphasis will be placed on the production of works that may be suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. The final marking period will culminate in an independent
project chosen by each student that reflects his/her particular area of media concentration. All facets of the discipline
of art are addressed.
STUDIO ART IV H/AP (Grade 12)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art III and teacher recommendation
The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art.
AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the
The instructional goals of the AP Studio Art program can be described as follows:
- Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making through the making of art.
- Encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues.
- Help students develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of the visual elements.
- Encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture
AP Studio Art is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art;
the program demands significant commitment. The completion of a summer assignment is required.
As per our district policy, all AP students must take the College Board Advanced Placement exam in
May to receive the AP weighting in their GPA.