Art Department

The Art Department provides students with an outlet for their creativity. Students will be given an environment to express themselves and make intelligent decisions and judgments about their own work and that of others.

Through art history they will learn about the rich background of art, which will provide an understanding of ideas and a knowledge base to draw from when creating their own artwork.

Through written and verbal critiques, students will be able to express thoughts on what they have seen and created. Discussing aesthetics will provide terminology and will train students to develop an “artistic eye”.

During production, students will experience different media and will be given the opportunity to manipulate them in order to convey their ideas. The Art Department ultimately provides students with a new way of seeing, as well as allowing them to bring, out their creative side.

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1 Timothy 4:14-15

Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.

Course Offerings

  • Art Fundamentals
  • Drawing / Printmaking
  • Advanced Drawing / Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Advanced Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Advanced Graphic Design
  • Art History
  • Ceramics / Sculpture
  • Advanced Ceramics / Sculpture
  • Folk Art
  • Advanced Folk Art
  • Photography
  • Advanced Photography
  • Studio Art Methods

Art Teachers

Stories about Art

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Learning a new talent: the pottery wheel

Learning a new talent: the pottery wheel Students in Laurie Rodaway’s ceramics/sculptures class got their introduction to the pottery wheel. Key tips included keeping the

Course Descriptions

ART FUNDAMENTALS – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

This course introduces students to the basic elements and principles of design. Students will work with a variety of media that will reinforce these rules of design. Students will also be exposed to art history which will relate to the projects assigned. Projects will include drawing, watercolor and tempera painting, printmaking, and ceramics

DRAWING/PRINTMAKING – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals]
This course will focus on drawing skills and printmaking techniques. The elements and principles of design will be reinforced in activities and projects. Drawing media will include graphite, ink, charcoal, conte, colored pencils and pastels. Printmaking media will include linoleum prints, mono-prints and silk screen.

ADVANCED DRAWING/PRINTMAKING – 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Drawing/Printmaking]
This course is intended for the serious art student who wishes to receive additional instruction and practice in this particular area of study. This class is highly recommended for students who are preparing portfolios for admission to a college visual arts program. This course is offered concurrently with Drawing/Print Making.

PAINTING – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals]

Students will learn and practice painting techniques and skills that incorporate a variety of styles and paint media, including watercolor, tempera and acrylic paints. Color theory in particular will be emphasized, as well as the other elements and principles of design. Historically renowned paintings and works by contemporary artists will be reviewed and discussed in relation to class projects.

ADVANCED PAINTING – 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Painting]
This course is intended for the serious art student who wishes to receive additional instruction and practice in this particular area of study. This class is highly recommended for students who are preparing portfolios for admission to a college visual arts program. This course is offered concurrently with Painting.

GRAPHIC DESIGN – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits) –

[Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals]

This course will explore the many career paths available to graphic designers. Their field is one of visual communication in which they convey the ideas and concepts of the business world to the public. Students will be exposed to a variety of art projects that relate to commercial use with an emphasis on layout design, as well as the computer design techniques that they would encounter in a graphic design career.

ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN – 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Graphic Design]
This course is intended for the serious art student who wishes to receive additional instruction and practice in the area of graphic design, with emphasis on computer design technology. This class is highly recommended for students who are preparing portfolios for admission to a college graphic or visual arts program. This course is offered concurrently with Graphic Design.

CERAMICS/SCULPTURE – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals]
This course will focus on 3-D projects with an emphasis on clay. Student will make projects using traditional hand-building methods, and will receive introductory training on the pottery wheel. Additional sculpture projects will use a variety of media, including paper maché, wire sculpture, plaster, etc.

ADVANCED CERAMICS/SCULPTURE – 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Ceramics/Sculpture]
This course is intended for the art student who is serious about sharpening his/her skills on the pottery wheel and wants to learn traditional hand-building construction methods and advanced glazing techniques. This class is highly recommended for students who are preparing portfolios for admission to a college visual arts program. This course is offered concurrently with Ceramics/Sculpture.

FOLK ART – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals]
This course will focus on traditional and multicultural arts rather than fine arts. Since there is a great variety of folk arts and crafts, this course will be directed somewhat by student interests, but possible projects include weaving, jewelry making, batik, polymer clay, etc.

ADVANCED FOLK ART – 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Folk Art]

This course is designed for those students who wish to continue working on traditional and multicultural crafts and arts. Class projects will add variety to portfolios for admission to a college visual arts program. This course is offered concurrently with Folk Arts/Crafts.

PHOTOGRAPHY – 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

Students will learn the fundamentals of photography. The class will cover topics such as history of photography, composition, camera controls, exposure, lighting, ISO ratings, lenses, developing and printing, and self-expression. Fine art photography will be emphasized along with photo journalism.

ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY SEMESTER 1 – 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

This course is geared toward digital photography. Photo competition, displaying prints, and building a portfolio are also major objectives.

STUDIO ART METHODS – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

[Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals]
Unlike other studio art classes that focus on a singular art method, this course will offer students the opportunity to experience a variety of artistic pro cesses and techniques, while concentrating on the qualities of compositional structure and aesthetic appeal. Projects will include painting (acrylics or oil), ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, and sculpture.

AP ART HISTORY – 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

This course explores such topics as the nature of art, its uses, its meanings, art making, and responses to art. Through investigation of diverse artistic traditions of cultures from prehistory to present, the course fosters in-depth understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. AP Art History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university art history survey course.