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Two-Dimensional Art Courses

Drawing 1
The purpose of this course is to emphasize the creation and communication of symbols, ideas, and concepts, sharpen powers of observation, and incorporate cultural and historical connections in a variety of two-dimensional (2-D) works. Students practice sketching, experiment with wet and dry drawing media and techniques for approaches to drawing problems, develop critical thinking skills, and improve mark-making which is fundamental to all visual arts imagery. Figure drawing is introduced and career and real world applications will be investigated. Ethical use of art content is stressed.  Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and the work of others.  This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials. Return to Top
Drawing 2
The purpose of this course is to develop and refine mark-making, technical, and media skills and create 2-D compositions in which objects are imitated or altered in appearance with changes in lighting and/or artist viewpoint. Students sketch, manipulate, and practice creating subjective and objective drawings based on the structural elements of art, the organizational principles of design, observation, spatial relationships, visualization, reinvention, and research. Compositions incorporate conceptual or informational ideas from still life, landscape, figures, and/or architecture.  Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and the work of others. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials.  Return to Top
Portfolio Development: Honors Drawing 3

The purpose of this course is to work in a self-directed environment toward the development of a portfolio showing a body of their own work that visually explores a particular artistic concern, articulated and supported by a written artist's statement.  Artists may work in, but are not limited to, content in drawing, painting, printmaking, and/or mixed media that emphasizes line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and/or illusion of depth.  Students regularly reflect on aesthetics and art issues individually and in a group, and focus on expressive content that is progressively more innovative and representative of artistic and cognitive growth.  In keeping with the rigor expected in an accelerated setting, students’ portfolios show personal vision, artistic growth over time, mastery of visual art skills and techniques, and evidence of sophisticated analytical and problem-solving abilities related to structural, historical, and cultural knowledge.  Students are self-directed and display readiness for high levels of critical thinking, research, conceptual thinking, and creative risk-taking.  Participation in the Annual AP/Honors Art Exhibit, with artist statement, is an expectation of the course.  This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials.

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AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio 4

The purpose of this Advanced Placement course is to give an art student the opportunity to develop quality, concentration and breadth in drawing concepts, skills, and techniques.  The content should include, but not be limited to, the experiences in the development of perceptual, conceptual, and technical aspects of drawing, painting and/or printmaking.  Preparation of the appropriate number of works, digital documentation and upload to The College Board site for portfolio evaluation, and presentation techniques are required in each of three portfolio sections to be evaluated by The College Board.  Research analysis, sketchbook/journal, and aesthetic and historical criticism are required for this in-depth study in non-linear thinking.  Participation in the Annual AP/Honors Art Exhibit, with artist statement, is an expectation of the course.

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