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Our studio arts program develops and challenges the creative artist within each student. The classes are designed to develop content knowledge and skills in the following areas: personal expression through art production, creative problem solving, recognition of and importance of art and artists in society, culture, and art history, critical assessment of art works from aesthetic and cultural, and technical processes. 

 

Our studio arts instructors provide an environment which offers challenges to all students, builds on individual differences, and provides means by which students may express themselves and develop positive self concepts. Our programs offer opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge to use art in their careers and in their personal lives. Students have opportunities to connect with art galleries outside of school along with participating in our annual All-School Art Show each Spring. We offer a wide variety of art programs, ranging from the traditional fine arts such as: media drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking to more modern arts media including: ceramics, photography, computer graphics, and portfolio building.

 

Studio Arts Course Offerings for Credit 

 

Art Fundamentals

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 9-12

This course includes the study of Art elements (line, shape, color, value, texture, space and form) and the principles of design (balance, harmony, rhythm), emphasizing basic experiences with tools, processes and concepts. It is a broad-area course that builds a foundation for the other art courses offered, as well as an appreciation for art and our cultural heritage. Students will participate in project critiques. A $15 lab fee is required.

Ceramics 1

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 9-12

This course will focus on the basics of three-dimensional design with an emphasis on wheel-thrown pottery.  Students will be introduced to topics of ceramic history, hand-building methods with clay, texture, glazes and kiln design.  They will also explore the technical aspects of clay and sculptural tools, and discover how pottery can be both decorative and functional.  A $15 lab fee is required.

Ceramics 2

1 Semester 1 credit

Elective 9-12

Prerequisite: students must have achieved a B or higher in Ceramics I

This course is an advanced studio class that builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Ceramics 1.  Advanced projects using hand building and wheel throwing techniques, as well as decorating and glazing will be completed for assessment.  Sketchbook/sourcebook documentation or research and design will be required.

Drawing/Painting 1

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 10-12

Prerequisite: B or better in Art Fundamentals

This course will focus on drawing basics, providing a solid foundation for painting. Students will complete a portfolio of drawings, and focus on painting in the second part of the course. Students will study color, composition and painting techniques. A $15 lab fee is required.

Drawing Painting 2

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 10-12

Prerequisite:  B- or higher in Drawing/Painting 1

This teacher-directed course gives students opportunities to develop their painting skills and learn new techniques while developing their own artistic style in-depth. Quality of content, skills, paint application, surface quality and composition will be the focuses. Students will look at paintings from different times, places, and cultures. Students will participate in weekly critiques. A $15 lab fee is required.

Intensive Studio Arts 1

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 10-12

Prerequisite: MUST have successfully completed at least one year of art and have approval of teacher

For the very advanced, self-motivated student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the study of art, teacher-directed studies are offered in areas of specialization such as drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, computer graphics and photography. Students will have the opportunity to build their portfolios. The process for applying for college art scholarships will also be covered.  A $15 lab fee is required. Students will participate in weekly critiques.

Intensive Studio Arts 2

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 10-12

Prerequisite: MUST have successfully completed at least one year of art and have approval of teacher

For the very advanced, self-motivated student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the study of art, teacher-directed studies are offered in areas of specialization such as drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, computer graphics and photography. Students will have the opportunity to build their portfolios. The process for applying for college art scholarships will also be covered.  A $15 lab fee is required. Students will participate in weekly critiques.

Computer Graphics 1

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 9-12

This course brings students into the world of digital imaging and computer graphics. Course work will be completed on Macintosh computers, using digital cameras, scanners and printers. We work with Adobe Creative Suite 6 software concentrating mainly on Photoshop and Illustrator, which have become the benchmark for digital imaging. Students will develop an understanding of how to develop an idea into a design by practicing basic drawing and tracing techniques, create line art, logos, packages and poster design. Learning to use Adobe Creative Suites is a must for students pursuing careers in marketing, business, journalism, PR work, design, advertising, illustration, web design and video game design. Students will participate in weekly critiques.

 

Computer Graphics 2

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 10-12

Prerequisite: B- or higher in Computer Graphics

This course is for the very advanced, self-motivated student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to computer graphics and digital imaging. With the continued use of Adobe Creative Suite 6 this course introduces more design aspects beneficial for students pursuing careers in illustration, advertising, fashion design, interior design, web design, photo journalism, journalism, marketing and business. We will look at and explore Adobe Flash, InDesign and Fireworks. Students explore design areas that are important to companies, and discover the level of power, precision and control within advertising and design. Students will develop and build on their area of interest.

There is a $15 lab fee for the course

Computer Graphics 3

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 10-12

Prerequisite: B- or higher in Computer Graphics II

This course is for the very advanced, self-motivated student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to computer graphics and digital imaging. With the continued use of Adobe Creative Suite 6 this course introduces more design aspects beneficial for students pursuing careers in illustration, advertising, fashion design, interior design, web design, photo journalism, journalism, marketing and business. We will look at and explore Adobe Flash, InDesign and Fireworks. Students explore design areas that are important to companies, and discover the level of power, precision and control within advertising and design. Students will develop and build on their area of interest.

There is a $15 lab fee for the course.

Photography

1 Semester 1 Credit

Elective 9-12

Since its origins, photography has served as a significant method of documenting the human experience, as well as providing a means of artistic expression. This introductory level photography course will cover the history and technical elements of photography, design and composition and operation of a manual digital camera.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in project presentations and critiques. It is highly recommended that students have easy and regular access to a digital camera that allows for manual control of exposure, focus, aperture, shutter speed, and composition. There is a $15 lab fee for the course.


 

Student Leadership Opportunities

 

There are many student leadership opportunities in our Studio Arts program for the very advanced, self-motivated student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the study of art. Through our leadership opportunities, students have built self-esteem, began to focus more toward future careers, gained experience and learned to work with others as part of a team. In Computer Graphics, we have connections with local design companies where students can shadow employees, complete an internship and gain insight into the design world.  Our alumni in the field visit Hill-Murray to give presentations and make connections with students. In Studio Arts, we have connections with local galleries and local artists.  Students have opportunities to work with artists and visit studios.



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