Fine Arts

Department of Fine Arts

The purpose for studying art can be described as:

Expressing individual perceptions, ideas and feelings through a variety of art media suited to the manipulative abilities and expressive needs of the student.

Thinking about the artwork: why they create, what materials they use, the purpose or motivation behind it.

Apply the elements and principles of design to produce creative art projects that reflect their understanding of these concepts.

Art Learning Standards and the Common Core:

Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts

Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts and participate in various roles in the arts.

Students will demonstrate art knowledge and skills through the production of artwork.

Initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.

Investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

Reflect on, share insights about, and refine works of art and design.

Students will demonstrate skill and knowledge of elements and principles in the production of Artwork

Students will demonstrate knowledge of media processes and skills in the production of artwork.

Students will communicate subject matter and themes through the production of original artwork.

Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources

Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resource available for participate in the arts in various roles.

Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art

Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of art in historical and cultural contexts, experience, analyze and interpret art and other aspects of the visual world. Students will use criteria when responding to art. Communicating through art helps viewers understand and appreciate people, the natural world and constructed environments.

Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Contributions of the Arts

Students will develop an understanding of the personal 7 cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of aesthetics and art criticism through responses to artwork. Select and analyze their artwork and the work of others when deciding what artwork to present. Use a variety of methods for preparing their artwork and the work of others for presentation.Communicate artistic meaning through sharing their work and the work of others.

Communicate artistic meaning through sharing their work and the work of others.

Reflect on, share insights about, and refine works of art and design.

Use a variety of methods for preparing their artwork and the work of others for presentation. Communicate artistic meaning through sharing their work and the work of others. Students will make connections between art and other subject areas.

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an Artist.” St Francis of Assisi

Art Department Course Description:

Introduction to Art – Freshmen

This art class is an Introduction to Art from prehistoric art (cave painting) to contemporary art (Art History). This class also includes hands on workshops that will teach the various principals of design. The students work in a variety of mediums: pencil, colored pencils (most of the time, depending on the size of classes) acrylic, charcoal, pastel, construction paper imitation of mosaic and collage. The students get a number grade that will be added in their other grades. Art 9 is required to graduate.

Since this class is an Introduction to Art; and not a studio of Art. The students learn History of Art, before they do both the study of art history and do artwork related to each period or movement.

During the year/semester the students are required to complete occasional quizzes and homework after every developed theme, to present a work of art related with each period given to them, to do art projects as well as a final written and practical exam. Every student is required to write two reports: the artist’s biography and his work of art and the period of art.

Senior Art

This is an all-inclusive course in art that will cover a wide range of techniques and materials to. Students explore various techniques of advertising design and enjoy freedom of expression in the fine arts. Students will practice using type effectively in advertisements; paint with acrylic, tempera or oil on canvas; use air brush, repoussé, mosaic, stained glass and printmaking; try their hands at calligraphy, drawing, and sculpture giving the students a thorough foundation in the visual arts and art studio. This course can also enable students to prepare portfolios for art schools if so desired.

The senior Art class meets every day of the cycle the entire school year. The students receive a number grade that will be averaged in with their academic subjects. They have occasional quizzes on “art critique”. Their mid-term exam is either to write their own art statement or based on the techniques learned during the semester. In addition, they should present an art report and art project. Their final exam is a special project and a research paper on two works of art or any technique that they want to develop. The students also have a written exam; this includes all the developed lessons given in class. To enhance the class, they may go on a field trip to a museum. For those students who plan to attend an art college this class offer the opportunity to prepare a portfolio.

Drawing and Painting I and II

In this course, the student will be exploring a variety of 2-D drawing and painting media. The students will have the opportunity to explore new mediums and techniques to produce compositions. Organization of compositions will be based on the Elements and Principles of Design.

A variety of drawing and painting techniques and media will be explored, including pencil, colored pencil, chalk, oil pastel, pen, ink, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, collage, watercolor, oil paint, printmaking and mixed media.

Students will work from real life observations as well as work conceptually expressing abstract ideas and emotions. Students will learn correct perspective as well as explore the mark making aspects of drawing and painting. The students will do different types of work including contour drawing, perspective one, two and three points of view, still-life, figure drawing, self portrait, landscape and others.

Drawing skills from direct observation of the figure, still-life, landscape, and architectural forms will be emphasized along with further understanding of design principles, color theory, critical thinking and problem solving.

Students will explore drawing as a way of seeing and describing as well as a way of discovering and developing ideas. Through a series of projects and exercises, students will experiment and practice with materials and techniques, observe the physical world, develop a visual vocabulary to gain an understanding of the concepts underlying criticism of art.

Art Club

The purpose of art club is to provide an opportunity for any interested students to meet after school to work on special art projects and to share art experiences with their fellow students.

The goal of art club will be to:

1. Provide an opportunity for art students to further their art making experiences.

2. Allow students not currently enrolled in an art class to pursue art interests.

3. Provide service to the school and community.

4. Allow students to share their creative endeavors with other students.

5. To develop and demonstrate their artistic talent that may be hidden.