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Art Course Descriptions

PHOTOGRAPHY 1 (Photography 1)

1 year (10 credits)

**Graduation requires 10 credits of Visual/Performing Arts or Foreign Language**

Open to Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU Fine art requirement

Completing this course with a C or higher will give you AVC credit (see instructor for more info) This course is an integration of communication skills and artistic proficiencies using photography as a focus.  Emphasis is on creative, expository, and instructional writing using comprehensive photographic and design concepts. Students learn color management, graphic design and/or selection of typography, texture, and layout design.  This course covers Production techniques, aesthetics in Photography and develops production skills through hands-on experience with cameras, studio lighting, film, imaging software Digital and conventional darkroom equipment. This course explores the uses of photography in the humanities, emphasizing commercial and documentary photography and there social and historical significance. This course will also examine the relationship between words and images using classic examples of books utilizing photos and text.  Students learn the importance of oral communication as a media tool through practiced public speaking. Students will use higher-order thinking skills through inquiry, observation, identification of relationships among pieces of information, and identification of patterns. Professional image presentation will be examined through the production of a digital portfolio and photo web gallery.  Through this students will be prepared for entry-level employment in various visual imagery fields including Graphic design and Photography.


PHOTOGRAPHY 2 (Photography 2)

1 year (10 credits)

Elective – Not required for graduation

Open to Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Photography 1

Meets UC/CSU Fine art requirement

Photo 2 is an intermediate level course. This course is an integration of communication skills and advanced artistic proficiencies using photography as a focus.  Emphasis is on creative, expository, and instructional writing using comprehensive photographic and design concepts. Students advance their mastery of color management, graphic design and/or selection of typography, texture, and layout design. This course reinforces production techniques, aesthetics in Photography and develops production skills through hands-on experience with cameras, studio lighting, film, imaging software digital darkroom. This course explores the uses of photography in the humanities, emphasizing commercial and documentary photography and there social and historical significance. This course will also examine the relationship between words and images using classic examples of books utilizing photos and text.  Students learn the importance of oral communication as a media tool through practiced public speaking. Students will use higher-order thinking skills through inquiry, observation, identification of relationships among pieces of information, and identification of patterns. Professional image presentation examination is through the production of a digital and physical portfolio. This is a classroom based course, in which students receive guided studio practice.




AP STUDIO ART 2D (Studio Art 2-D Design AP)


1 year (10 credits)

Elective – Not required for graduation

Open to Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Recommended completion of Photography 1 & Photography 2

Meets UC/CSU Fine art requirement

AP Studio Art 2D exposes students to professional level technical and fine art experience.  Advanced visual art students will work on a variety of skills in materials, concepts and techniques. By studying the major art movements, genres and significant artists in history, and exposure to the cultural and social influences of art, students will become fluent in articulating and identifying these elements in an artwork.  An area of artistic voice and style is also developed. Students must focus on either a particular subject matter or medium and produce a body of work for a gallery showing.  A portfolio worthy of inspection by colleges, scholarship committees, and potential employers is produced. Student portfolios are submitted to the College Board for evaluation.


MULTIMEDIA 1 – ILLUSTRATION (Multimedia Contemporary Design 1)


1 year (10 credits)

**Graduation requires 10 credits of Visual/Performing Arts or Foreign Language**

Open to Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU Fine art requirement

This course will introduce students to effective communication approaches for the 21st Century; going beyond the simple written and oral communication to interactive multimedia using text, graphics, animation, video, and sound. Digital illustration and graphic design are emphasized in this course as well as an introduction to simple animation in 2-D format and its application in current industries. Introduction to background illustration, perspective and character development will be incorporated, as well. Focus will also be placed on introducing the student to the elements of art, principles of design, and the technologies of this new media. This integrated curriculum forms a solid groundwork from which students may build upon in Multimedia Contemporary Design II and is the first sequence of classes in the Digital Design and Engineering Academy. This multimedia class has been structured to reflect the California Career Technical Education Standards and the Common Core State Standards.


MULTIMEDIA 2 – ANIMATION (Multimedia Contemporary Design 2)

1 year (10 credits)

Elective – Not required for graduation

Open to Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: Multimedia 1

Meets UC/CSU Fine art requirement

Completing this course with a C or higher will give you AVC credit (see instructor for more info) This course will reinforce skills learned in Multimedia 1, while emphasizing animation. Students will develop advanced skills in interactive multimedia using text, graphics, animation, video, and sound. The principles of animation in 2-D format and its application in current industries will be an integral part of the class, as well as advanced investigation into character design, background design, and the elements and principles of art. Further skills in 3-D format background and character development will be incorporated, as well. Focus will also be placed on introducing the student to art, design, and the technologies of this new media. This multimedia class has been structured to reflect the California Career Technical Education Standards and the Common Core State Standards.


ART 1 (Art 1)

1 year (10 credits)

**Graduation requires 10 credits of Visual/Performing Arts or Foreign Language**

Open to Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU Fine art requirement

Art 1 is an introduction to art theory and application in the areas of drawing, conceptual design, painting and color theory. The curriculum will focus on art history, art movements, and art production.   Learners will use a variety of materials to create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects.  Assignments are created to meet each of the 5 content strands of the Visual Art Standards, with projects that focus on the elements of art and design: line, color, shape/form texture, value and space. Students will develop a portfolio that will include both class work and independent projects outside the classroom. Research in art history will be an integral part of the course of study. Many of the projects covered in this course will be integrated with the learners' core curriculum in other subjects so learners can make cross connections.