Art Course Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO ART                     2.5 Credits/Semester
Course 601, 602

This is a foundation course, designed to introduce students to the Basic Elements of Art and Design as well as Art Appreciation.  Topics will include drawing and painting based upon color theory, perspective, contour drawing and still life.  Students will develop a sense of design perception and organizational skills by working in various art media.  Students will develop skills in generating ideas through two and three-dimensional project





HONORS PORTFOLIO 30                        2.5 Credits/Semester
Course 613
This course is a full year and only offered to Juniors and Seniors. Students will create works for a portfolio and should have a strong interest in art.  They will explore self-expression and various media in depth in a series of guided and open-ended assignments.  Students must be able to work independently on assignments that are tailored to their interests and strengths.
Prerequisite: B+ or better in Introduction to Art and must have taken three of the above classes to register, as well as permission of the instructor.

CERAMICS 2                            2.5 Credits/Semester
Course 615, 616

Ceramics is a comprehensive course designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the use of clay as an art medium.  Students will create functional and decorative pieces.  Students will earn the three basic hand building techniques-pinch, coil and slab.  Other topics include a basic use of the potter's wheel, decorating techniques and basic understanding of the firing process.  Emphasis will be given to the development of a personal style
Prerequisite:  Introduction to Art


CERAMICS 3                            2.5 Credits/Semester
Course 617, 618

Advanced Ceramics builds on the technical and artistic concepts introduced in Ceramics.  This course is designed for students who wish to pursue their interest in this art in greater detail.  It is structured to provide a broad range of experiences that students can draw from and incorporate into their own unique approach to the medium.  A major focus will be on decorating techniques and work on the potter's wheel.  Students will develop a body of work and exhibit in with in the community.  Class critiques as well as the study of past and contemporary ceramic artists will be an important part of this course.
Prerequisite:  Introduction to Art and Ceramics 1
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