Advanced Level Art Courses

Advanced Acting
1/2 Credit

This semester course is recommended for students pursuing the performing arts.  Advanced acting strategies and techniques, method acting, and historical perspectives are topics within this course.  Students perform dialogs, analyze screen-work, and perform shows.

PREREQUISITE:

Acting I

Advanced Animation
1/2 Credit

This semester course is a more in-depth look at 2D Computer Animation, character design and story development.  Students will be introduced to basic Flash programming and will be expected to produce a series of animated movies showing the progressions of artistic and technical growth.

PREREQUISITE:

Animation

Advanced Crafts
1/2 Credit

The semester course is designed for those students wishing a more in-depth study of crafts. Advanced techniques and applications are offered in fabrics and fibers, metals, and clay. The course is designed for individual exploration. Elements and principles of design are reinforced with appropriate studies of major artists and styles.

PREREQUISITE:

Creative Crafts with a final GPA of 80% or higher.

Advanced Graphic Design
1/2 Credit

This semester course is designed for students wishing to develop advanced skills in desktop publishing and graphic paint programs.  Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are the programs used to concentrate on communication and visual literacy. Student projects will augment and enhance high school publications.

PREREQUISITE:

Graphic Design

Advanced Video Production
1/2 Credit

This semester course will introduce Final Cut Pro and Live Type software to be used postproduction.  Collaborative video projects will include stop frame animation, narrative, blue screen, and music videos.  Students will create a portfolio of work.

PREREQUISITE:

Video Production

Ceramics
1/2 Credit

This course offers an in-depth survey of clay and its creative capacities.  Students study handbuilding techniques, the potter’s wheel, glazing and finishing techniques, the kiln, and firing applications.  Historical perspectives are covered as well as major ceramic artists and individual design approaches.

PREREQUISITE:

Introduction to Sculpture or Creative Crafts

Drawing & Painting
1 Credit

This full-year course exposes students to the techniques and skills of pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and acrylic painting.  Emphasis is placed on drawing from direct observation, original compositions, design procedure and visual problem solving in a variety of styles. Visual design problems are accompanied with text readings in art history, aesthetic valuing, and critiques.

PREREQUISITE:

Studio Art. This course is recommended for Studio in Portfolio preparation and is highly recommended for Visual Arts majors.


Senior Art Seminar
1 Credit

Senior Art Seminar is a graduation requirement for all students majoring in the Visual and Theatre Arts.  Students work closely with assigned mentors from the Art Department staff. The course includes the preparation of a portfolio representative of four years of concentration and preparation for the required oral defense, Senior Art Show, and Art Scholarship Auction.

TV Studio Production
1 Credit

This full year course, offered period 1, introduces students to a working production studio. Students will learn a variety of jobs: writer, anchor, camera, technical director, teleprompt operator, audio technician, features director and character generator operator. This class will produce a morning show to be a show every day throughout the school during homeroom. Students will create a portfolio of work.

PREREQUISITE:

Basic Video Production and Advanced Video Production

Studio in Portfolio Preparation
1 Credit

This course is an advanced studio-based course. Students produce portfolio quality works in a variety of media showing strength in a
particular concentration. Students may work in their area of expertise or concentration in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, computer graphics, etc. Students may submit portfolios to the AP College Board for consideration of advanced placement college credit in AP Drawing, AP 2D Design or AP 3D Design. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have a comprehensive portfolio ready for evaluation by college admissions officers. This advanced studio-based course is highly recommended for all junior and senior Art majors.

PREREQUISITE:

Studio Art and Drawing & Painting