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  • Credit=0.5 (1 Semester)


Pre-Requisite: None

Course Description:  This course introduces the elements of art and design principles. Students develop basic drawing and painting skills through landscape, portrait, still life, and theme-based projects. Students sketch, research, and collect visual references for each project. Each project emphasizes a particular medium, technique, or theme. As students explore art history and use art vocabulary in their reflections and artist statements, they will develop presentation and communication skills. The daily assignments are kept in a portfolio. Following through on projects independently is essential. Throughout the school, student work is displayed.

Work Load:  Group work occasionally to reinforce learning concepts and create critique opportunities on overall concepts. Heavily individual with emphasis on projects and a scaffold approach of learning concepts outlined in sketchbook and/or professional blog to provide evidence of learning.

Why would you be interested in the Class:  Teens benefit from art classes in general because they are creative and are able to think outside the box. Creative thinking is not only useful for school projects, but is also highly sought-after by employers. Students who are doing AP Drawing or building a general portfolio for college submissions or internships may benefit from taking this course.

Students pay an art fee and need to provide a sketchbook for the course.

  • Fine Arts - Visual