High school students have a variety of arts available for them to learn about and explore. Students can choose from the following:
Drawing is a studio experience course, concentrating in the use of dry media. Students begin by exploring the elements and principles of design then move on to investigate traditional drawing methods including still life, landscape, perspective, portrait, figure, animals and abstract. Examples from art history and careers in art are integrated with studio experiences, providing students with a well-rounded understanding of the field. Students will build a portfolio of work demonstrating their progress and accomplishments throughout the semester and may participate in an art show in the spring.
Art Experience introduces students to the core foundations of viewing, critiquing and creating artwork. During the first semester, students will discover the elements of art and principles of design through studio art experiences. The second semester consists of a survey of 2-D and 3-D media, giving students an overview of the major practices of art making (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.). Architecture, art history and careers related to art are also explored. This course emphasizes both art making and critical writing.
Sculpture is a studio experience course, concentrating in a 3-D media. The first semester places special emphasis on modeling, molding, casting, carving, and assemblage. In the second semester, students will explore ceramic clay, hand building methods and installation. Using various examples from art history and careers in art will be integrated with studio experiences, providing students with a well rounded understanding of the field. Students will also build a portfolio of work demonstrating their progress and accomplishments throughout the semester.
Painting is a studio experience course, concentrating in the use of color. Students will explore a wide range of media including watercolor, tempera, acrylic, oil and pastel. Students will also render a diverse range of subject matter including still life, figure, landscape, mural and non-objective. Examples from art history and careers in art are integrated with studio experiences providing students with a well-rounded understanding of the field.
AP Studio Art is an intensive, college-level course concentrating in drawing and painting or sculptural media. The course promotes a sustained investigation of quality, concentration and breadth in the development of an AP portfolio. AP Studio Art is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art; this course demands significant commitment. At the end of the year each student submits their portfolio to be reviewed by the college board and if they pass they will receive college credit for this class.
The course enables students to develop mastery (i.e., “high quality” or “college level”) in concept (theme or idea), composition (elements of art and principles of design associated with the arrangement of artistic parts in order to achieve an effect), and execution (technical skills) of 3-D design. The student will create informed solutions to 3D design problems, using additive, subtractive, and fabrication processes to deepen and enrich a student’s interest and understanding of 3D design principles as they relate to art as an ongoing process. The student must complete a portfolio of up to 20 pieces of artwork. Only slide views of student work in the 3D portfolio are submitted.
Ms. Ashley Herrera
Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Arts
Fine Arts Teacher