Course Descriptions

Art I (91510)

Grade Level: 9-12 (Preferably 9th if students are interested in pursuing an Art Pathway)
Pre-Requisite: None

Art I is our introductory level class for students at LVHS. Students are introduced to the language of the visual arts through the framework of the Elements and Principles of Design (line, shape, form, value, space, texture and color) & (emphasis, rhythm, movement, unity, pattern, balance and contrast). Students will learn pencil blending, use of linear perspective, basic color mixing and acrylic painting techniques, 3-D design and self-portraiture. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the creative process through: visual problem solving, brainstorming, editing, re-working and reflection. Historical and contemporary artists and styles will be incorporated into many projects in order to provide cultural understanding and context. Art I will write for knowledge on a daily basis in the form of a Skejournal (a hybrid of a written journal and sketchbook). As a department, we feel very strongly that ALL students at LVHS will be able to gain an appreciation for the visual arts and a sense of pride in their accomplishments during this course

Honors Art I (91510H)

Grade Level: 9-12 (Preferably 9th if students are interested in pursuing an Art Pathway)
Pre-Requisite: None. Students who self-identify as creative and are possibly interested in pursuing art for 4 years are viable candidates. No portfolio is required, simply the willingness to work hard.

This introductory course is designed to address the needs of students that come to LVHS possessing an intermediate level of art-making experiences and skills. The framework for Honors Art I will be similar to that of Regular Art I, but with increased expectations in terms of: development of technique, craftsmanship and intrinsic motivation. Because students in this class will be starting from a higher ability/motivation level, we will be able to move more quickly through the basic curriculum and work our way towards more sophisticated concepts and techniques. Honors Art I will write for knowledge on a daily basis in the form of a Skejournal (a hybrid of a written journal and sketchbook). This class is a perfect springboard for students who would like to pursue visual art for 4 years by choosing the ArtPathway.

Honors Digital Imaging I (91910H)

Grade Level: 10-12
Pre-Requisite: Art I and/or Instructor Recommendation

Digital Imaging is a course where students will be exposed to software programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, imovie, Google Sketch-up, and other technology based media. Using these tools, students will be able to interpret and analyze the direction of design, from the past to the present, from simplicity to sophistication, and from the academic to the creative. Students will learn how design impacts and drives our society on an immediate and global scale. Students will meet artists working in the field of design, and will understand why graphic design skills are indispensable tools in the 21st century work force. Students will demonstrate proficient use of artistic visual communication, appropriate vocabulary and critical thinking through the creation of a digital art portfolio. Digital Imaging will write for knowledge on a daily basis in the form of a Skejournal (a hybrid of a written journal and sketchbook).

Honors Digital Imaging II (91920H)

Grade Level: 11-12
Pre-Requisite: Honors Digital I and Instructor Recommendation

This course is designed for Digital Imaging I students, who wish to continue their area of study in graphic design. In this class, students will use and continue to build on their Adobe llustrator and Photoshop skills to create and develop projects that will be geared towards community based projects. Students will apply their expertise by apprenticing with a real world graphic designer, or working with community members such as parents or public service organizations to help spread ideas and messages using visual communication. Students will continue to explore different styles of graphic design as well as developing a portfolio that could potentially be used as a career path tool that will help them to focus on becoming a graphic designer, or using this outlet to become a desired candidate for other areas that involve the dissemination of visual information.

Honors Drawing & Painting Studio (Realism) (92110H)

Grade Level: 10-12
Pre-Requisite: Art I and Instructor Recommendation

This class will provide opportunities to explore the visual expression of ideas through a variety of media. Exploration of ideas involving the individual’s intellectual, emotional, social and perceptual growth; strategies for generating creative ideas; and the development of criteria for making and justifying judgments about artistic merit. Students will concentrate on developing drawing and painting techniques, and producing works using a variety of techniques and medium; scratchboard, pen and ink, charcoal, dry pastel, oil pastel and acrylic paint. Preparation of A.P. students is considered. Emphasis of year will be on drawing/painting realistically from sight and achieving successful compositions while utilizing the principles of design and gaining a mastery of different mediums. Drawing and Painting (Realism) will write for knowledge on a daily basis in the form of a Skejournal (a hybrid of a written journal and sketchbook).

Honors Mixed Media (90610H)

Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Art I and Instructor Recommendation

This course is designed to explore the unlimited possibilities of creating artwork that combines traditional materials (pencil, paint, charcoal etc.) with contemporary processes (digital images, photoshop,ink-jet transfers etc.) in one classroom setting. Students will focus on work that addresses technical issues such as texture and multiple-layers and the process of discovery and evolution that happens when multiple materials are joined together. Students will be encouraged to seek out ideas and visual inspiration from their own life experiences and the larger world as source material for their work.

Honors Photo I (90920H)

Grade Level: 10-12
Pre-Requisite: Art I and/or Instructor Recommendation

Students will experience the historical art form of traditional black and white darkroom photography. Using a manual 35mm film SLR camera (school provided), students will learn camera controls, exposure, lighting, film development, darkroom enlarging/printing and photo mounting techniques. As technical proficiency develops we will use photography to explore: still life, portraiture, documentation, urban landscape and the quest for a beautiful composition. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, peer critiques, written reflections, acquisition of project specific vocabulary and do work outside of class. As students rotate through the darkroom, supplemental art projects will be assigned to groups not shooting, developing or printing. Photo 1 will write for knowledge on a daily basis in the form of a Skejournal (a hybrid of a written journal and sketchbook)

Honors Photo II (90930H)

Grade Level: 11-12
Pre-Requisite: Photo I and Instructor Recommendation

Students in Photo II will continue to hone their technical and artistic abilities. Photo III students will be expected to complete a summer photo project to be determined by the instructor. During the school year, students will shoot and print work independent that reflects a commitment to developing a thematic body of work. A high level of maturity and self-discipline is required for success in this class. Students are required to present a portfolio of 20 mounted pieces as their culminating project. Photo II will write for knowledge on a daily basis in the form of a Skejournal (a hybrid of a written journal and sketchbook). Taught concurrently with Photo I.

Honors Sculpture Studio I, II, III (90410H, 90420H, 90430H)

Grade Level: 10-12
Pre-Requisite: Art I and/or Instructor Recommendation

Students will experience 3-dimensional design and visual problem solving through the exploration of diverse materials, techniques and themes. Previous mediums include: Clay, Mosaics, Embroidery, Wire, Cardboard, Found Objects, Plaster, Books, Snow, Soap and Toothpicks. Students will also gain proficiency in techniques such as: Hand-building, Carving, Installation and Assemblage. Student will have the opportunity to work realistically, as well as abstractly. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, peer critiques, written reflections, acquisition of project specific vocabulary and do work outside of class if necessary. Sculpture will write for knowledge on a daily basis in the form of a Skejournal (a hybrid of a written journal and sketchbook). All levels taught concurrently.

Advanced Placement Drawing and Painting Portfolio (Realism)(91610)

Grade Level: 11-12
Pre-Requisite: Honors Drawing/Painting Studio and Teacher Recommendation. Concurrent enrollment in another studio class is highly recommended.

The Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing and Painting class is a college-level course offered to juniors and seniors; this course may be completed in either one or two years. Advanced Placement is intended to provide the highly motivated student with the opportunity for a more challenging studio experience in Drawing and Painting. The AP Portfolio is comprised of three sections: Quality, Concentration and Breadth. For the Quality component, students are asked to submit five pieces of art that best represents their technical and conceptual abilities with regard to Drawing/Painting. The second section of the portfolio, the Concentration, involves the student’s investigation of an idea or theme through 12 related works of art. The third component of the portfolio, referred to as Breadth, are 12 individual works of art that represent the student’s abilities to master a wide variety of methods and materials. In total, students must have 24 pieces completed by May 2013. All 24 pieces will be photographed and digitally submitted through the AP College Board web page. This portfolio is primarily focused on observational drawing and painting, as well as realism.