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Fine Arts » Department Web site » Visual Arts » High School Visual Arts » Courses and Concentration

Courses and Concentration


    Administrator: David Perry

    Phone:  453-1500  ext. 4009

Department Chair: Diane Sipfle

The art classes at LHS offer students hands-on learning activities that nurture visual literacy skills vital for the 21st century. Art students develop observational skills, critical thinking skills, creative problem solving skills, and cultural awareness necessary to be successful in our global society. The value of art and design to innovation is clear: Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and usable for changes in society.  The tools and methods of a studio-based education offer new models for creative problem solving and flexible thinking necessary in today’s complex and dynamic world.

 

STUDIO IN ART                                               

40 Weeks               1 Credit               Grades 9–12 Prerequisite: None     

This course fulfills the graduation requirement in the arts and helps develop the visual skills needed in today’s competitive world. This full year course teaches the techniques and tools used to improve students’ self expression and art appreciation. In Studio in Art, students use a variety of art materials (paint, clay, charcoal, computer) to create drawings, ceramics, prints, etc. Students will be able to enroll in any advanced art course after successful completion of Studio in Art.


CARTOONING AND ILLUSTRATION   1, 2 and 3                                                        

20 or 40 Weeks                  ½ or   1 Credit           Grades 10–12 Prerequisite: Studio in Art

 In today’s visual world, cartoons and illustrations exist everywhere we look.  In this course, students will develop unique characters and story lines, comic strips, and full colored illustrations for a variety of audiences.  All of this is accomplished while learning about materials, techniques, and concepts used by today’s cutting edge cartoonists and illustrators.  Students will explore a wide variety of tools and materials to create their artwork including pens, brushes, paints, and digital media.

 Note: Students may take this course for the first semester of the year to earn ½ credit. Students may continue to build skills and improve their portfolio by enrolling in this course a second or third time, each time receiving 1 credit.


3-D DESIGN IN CERAMICS   1, 2 and 3

20 or 40 Weeks            ½ or    1 Credit                    Grades 10–12 Prerequisite: Studio in Art

This exciting art course is for students who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and work with their hands. Students will be building clay vessels, sculptures and other works of art, while learning hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Before enrolling in this course, most students have little to no prior clay experience but are able to quickly build skills.

 

Note: Students may take this course for the first semester of the year to earn ½ credit. Students may continue to build skills and improve their portfolio by enrolling in this course a second or third time, each time receiving 1 credit.

COMPUTER ARTS AND DESIGN   1, 2 and 3             

20 or 40 Weeks              ½ or   1 Credit            Grades 10–12 Prerequisite: Studio in Art

Digital technology dominates our culture and empowers individuals to transform the way we look at the world.  The Computer Arts and Design course is all about the creative capacity of digital technology to improve communication, develop creative self-expression, and explore new ideas.  The blending of digital photography, desktop publishing, software, and imaging programs allow the students to express themselves artistically and articulately in a digital world.

Note: Students may take this course for the first semester of the year to earn ½ credit. Students may continue to build skills and improve their portfolio by enrolling in this course a second or third time, each time receiving 1 credit.

DRAWING AND PAINTING 1            

20 or 40 Weeks              ½ or   1 Credit            Grades 10–12 Prerequisite: Studio in Art

 This course is a “must” if you have any interest in pursuing an art or design related field. Students learn the same set of skills that architects, fashion designers, game designers, industrial engineers and other artists use to express their ideas visually. Students will use a variety of art materials and work from observation. This is the ideal course to begin building a college portfolio.

Note: Students may take this course for the first semester of the year to earn ½ credit.


DRAWING AND PAINTING 2 and 3               

40 Weeks                   1 Credit             Grades 11–12 Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting 1

Strong drawing and painting skills allow art students to succeed in all other areas of art and design. Second year drawing and painting students develop more expertise with a variety of media. Artwork created in this course will improve your portfolio for college admission as well as your ability to work from observation.

Note: Students may continue to build skills and improve their portfolio by enrolling in this course a second time, receiving a second credit.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL IMAGING 1        

20 or 40 Weeks              ½ or   1 Credit            Grades 10–12 Prerequisite: Studio in Art

Learn how artists make extraordinary images. Our technology, media and culture depend more on artistic images than ever before. While anyone can take a photograph, students in this course learn to use the camera creatively and technically. They learn about lighting, composition, processing film and printing. More importantly, students learn to think, see and work like a professional artist. Throughout the course, students are assigned digital photographic assignments to be taken outside of the school day and outdoors in ideal lighting conditions.

NOTE: Students may take this course for the first semester of the year to earn ½ credit. Students will need to have their own digital camera and supply their own photographic paper.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL IMAGING 2 and 3             

40 Weeks                   1 Credit             Grades 11–12 Prerequisite: Photography 1

Experimental developing, advanced lighting techniques, and field trip experiences challenge the beginning photographer. This course allows students to explore black and white, color, and digital photography, while encouraging students to develop a photographic portfolio.  It is necessary for students to have access to both a digital and adjustable 35 mm camera.

NOTES: Students will supply their own photographic paper. Also, students may continue to build skills and improve their portfolio by enrolling in this course a second time, each time receiving 1 credit.

INDEPENDENT STUDY       

20 Weeks                 1/2 Credit            Grades 11–12

 Prerequisite: Studio in Art and one advanced level art course

Independent Study is offered to juniors and seniors who have successfully completed Studio in Art and one other advanced-level art course. The purpose of Independent Study is to investigate and work an area of art that is not offered in other art courses. The proper application form must be obtained from the Guidance Department, completed, approved and appropriately signed by May 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester. Students must spend a minimum of five blocks per two weeks in the art room. Application for independent study must be made for each 1/2 credit or every semester. A maximum of one credit may be earned in any one academic area.

 

ART FULL-YEAR COLLEGE COURSE

OCC CREDIT NOW PROGRAM-PRINCIPLES OF DRAWING 109

40 weeks                        1 LHS Credit and 3 College Credits                       Grade 12              

 Prerequisites: Studio in Art, Drawing and Painting 1, Drawing and Painting 2 or Instructor approval.

 This exciting course is designed for senior Art students who want to continue to explore the creative process at the college level. Students will work two-dimensionally from direct observation and use a variety of media, such as charcoal, India ink and pencil to build their portfolios. Topics such as mark making, line quality, spatial relationships, composition, proportion and scale will be covered. Students may also work on painting assignments that reinforce drawing concepts as time allows. Upon successful completion of this full year course, students will earn 3 credits from Onondaga Community College, which may be transferrable to other schools under the guidelines of the receiving institution. 

Note: There is no fee for this course.

 

 

 

 










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