Art

All visual art courses strive to nurture innovative thinking, creativity, problem solving and to improve skills in communication. Courses teach forms of artistic expression through the four disciplines of the visual arts:

  • Art Production: Making art
  • Art Criticism: Describing, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating art
  • Art History: Understanding art in relationship to culture
  • Aesthetics: Recognizing important features of visual arts and responding to them

Students taking visual art classes have an opportunity for production experiences with a variety of art media. For those wishing to concentrate in a particular art medium, level two and three classes are offered. Level two courses are more in depth and level three courses are designed for students wishing to develop a college portfolio and/or pursue a career in the visual arts. All art courses on this page earn credit toward completing the art credit graduation requirement.

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Arts Credit (graduation requirement)

Students can fulfill the 1.0 Arts credit graduation requirement through a variety of classes. This credit can be fulfilled in any grade, so be sure to look ahead and choose the course(s) that best match your interests.

Arts Credit Course List

Art Course Fees

Varying fees are part of some art courses. Two weeks after the semester begins, your child’s Skyward Fee Management account will be assessed the corresponding fee for the course. Fees may be paid online via Skyward Fee Management, using your RevTrak account. Monthly balance due reminders are sent by email if fees are not paid promptly. Scholarships are available for art fees. To request a scholarship, please contact your child’s school counselor.

Course Listing

AP Art History (Tonka Online)

Course: #T800, Tonka Online 
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
 This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit      
Prerequisites: None

AP Art History allows students to examine major forms of artistic expression relevant to a variety of cultures in a wide variety of times periods.

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AP Studio Art

Course: #AP602, S1
Course: #AP603, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 (year-long course)
This course fulfills the Arts requirement. 
Prerequisites: Successful completion of two or more semesters of art; Drawing highly recommended

In AP Studio Art you create a portfolio to turn in for the AP Studio Art Exam. The portfolio will be Drawing, 2D or 3D.

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Ceramics I

Course: #4048   
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits:
.5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit    
Prerequisites: None

Students will learn techniques for throwing on the wheel and hand building projects. Students will create functional artwork like mugs, vases, bowls, teapots, etc.

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Ceramics II

Course: #4050 
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit     
Prerequisites: Ceramics I grade B- or better

Ceramics II students learn how to refine their wheel-throwing and hand building skills to create sets of mugs and bowls. Advanced ceramics techniques will be taught.

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Ceramics III

Course: #4052
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit    
Prerequisites: Completion of Ceramics II with a B- or better 
This course may be repeated for further study with teacher approval

Ceramics III is for the highly motivated student who will complete personalized research to create a portfolio of work by the end of the course.

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Comics I

Course: #4062
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit    
Prerequisites: None

In Comics I, students will learn about combining visual images, text, and culture through cartoon character development and comic creation.

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Comics II

Course: #4064  
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit      
Prerequisites: Completion of Comics I with a B- or better

In this class, students will explore more about cartoon and comic design as well as develop a personal style and aesthetic.

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Comics III

Course: #4066
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit       
Prerequisites: Completion of Comics II with a B- or better.
Course may be repeated with teacher approval.

Comics III is designed for the highly motivated student wishing to develop a college portfolio, submit work to competitions and exhibits, and/or pursue a career in the visual arts.

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Darkroom Photography I

Course: #4006
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: None

Students will be introduced to basics of darkroom photography through exploration of depth of field, stop action motion, landscape, portraiture and final portfolio.

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Darkroom Photography II

Course: #4008   
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit  
Prerequisites: Completion of Photo I with a B- or better

Students will continue exploration of darkroom photography through more focused skill and portfolio development.

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Darkroom Photography III

Course: #4010
Grade(s) offered: 10-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: Completion of Photo II with a B- or better
This course may be repeated for further study with teacher approval.

Students will continue exploration of darkroom photography through more focused skill, personal expression, and portfolio development.

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Digital Drawing I

Course: #4075    
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit   
Prerequisites: None

Using Photoshop and Wacom drawing tablets as our media students will master several types of drawings.  Students will gain confidence working in a digital platform.

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Digital Drawing II

Course: #4076
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit   
Prerequisites: Drawing I grade B- or better

In Digital Drawing II, students will focus on more advanced digital drawing techniques, using a conceptual approach to their drawings utilizing the principles of design.

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Digital Drawing III

Course: #4077  
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit     
Prerequisites: Completion of Drawing II with a B- or better
This course may be repeated for further study with teacher approval.

Digital Drawing III is for highly motivated students who will create a portfolio of work. Students will be creating personalized digital drawings based on their own research and interests.

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Digital Photography I

Course: #4096
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit       
Prerequisites: 
None

This course will introduce students to digital photography and digital manipulation in Adobe Photoshop as a means for self-expression in art.

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Digital Photography II

Course: #4098
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit        
Prerequisites: Completion of Digital Imaging I with a B- or better

Students will learn advanced Photography skills, techniques and theory to strengthen and expand knowledge.  Students will become aware of their personal working methods and style.

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Drawing I

Course: #4042 
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits:
.5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit       
Prerequisites:
None

Drawing I will teach students basic drawing skills to create their own projects through different mediums and compositions. A good class to start creating a portfolio.

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Drawing II

Course: #4044
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits:
.5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit    
Prerequisites: Drawing I grade B- or better

In Drawing II students will continue to grow, further honing their skills and techniques learned in Drawing I. Emphasis will be on research and composition.

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Drawing III

Course: #4046
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)   
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit     
Prerequisites:
Completion of Drawing II with a B- or better
Course may be repeated with teacher approval.

Drawing III is for highly motivated students looking to explore drawing deeper through personalized projects and to create a portfolio.

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Drawing (Tonka Online)

Course: #T804, Tonka Online 
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits:
.5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit    
Prerequisites: None

Tonka Online Drawing will teach students basic drawing skills to create their own projects through different mediums and compositions. Perfect for students needing flexibility.

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Graphic & Product Design Thinking

Course: #4060
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit    
Prerequisites: None; Suggested Drawing I and II & Intro to Studio Art

Students will learn about graphic and product design using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Real-world application to learning emphasized.

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IB Visual Arts HL

HL Course: #IB704, S1 Year 1
HL Course: #IB706, S2 Year 1
HL Course: #IB708, S1 Year 2
HL Course: #IB710, S2 Year 2    
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2 credit course, .5 (per semester)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit
Prerequisites:  None

IB Art is for all abilities. Students learn to use several media to create a unique portfolio of work based on research while documenting their process.

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IB Visual Arts SL

SL Course: #IB700, S1 
SL Course: #IB702, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 1 credit course, .5 (per semester)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit
Prerequisites: None

IB Art is for all abilities. Students learn to use several media to create a unique portfolio of work based on research while documenting their process. 

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Introduction to Studio Art

Course: #4002
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit  
Prerequisites: Highly recommended as first art course

Intro to Studio Arts is an introduction to a variety of art experiences and includes experiences in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and sculpture.

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Jewelry I

Course: #4022    
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: None

Jewelry 1 is an introduction to jewelry making. You will learn to cut, shape, solder, and polish metal to create rings and pendants.

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Jewelry II

Course: #4024  
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: Completion of Jewelry I with a B- or better    

In Jewelry II you will build on the skills learned in Jewelry I. Stone settings and advanced soldering are some of the projects in class.

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Jewelry III

Course: #4026   
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit   
Prerequisites:
Completion of Jewelry II with a B- or better
This course may be repeated for further study with teacher approval.

Jewelry III is for highly motivated students looking to explore jewelry deeper through personalized projects and to create a portfolio.

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Painting I

Course: #4016    
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: Drawing I strongly recommended

Students will be introduced to basics of painting through exploration of acrylics, watercolors, color theory, painting genres, and a variety of painting techniques.

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Painting II

Course: #4018 
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit    
Prerequisites: Completion of Painting I with a B- or better

In Painting II more attention is placed on technical excellence and experimenting with different painting mediums. Students are assisted in developing more personalized paintings.

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Painting III

Course: #4020   
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)  
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: Completion of Painting II with a B- or better
This course may be repeated for further study with teacher approval.

Painting III is for the highly motivated art student looking to produce a portfolio of work based on personalized research.

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Video Production I

Course: #4090
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit       
Prerequisites: None

Students will learn writing, editing, and producing video projects. Projects range from commercials to short films. Focus on Final Cut Pro X and camera shots.

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Video Production II

Course: #4092
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits:
.5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit  
Prerequisites: Completion of Video Production I with a B- or better

Students will work on advanced video projects. Projects range from surreal to short films. Focus on Final Cut Pro X and finding individual style.

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Video Production III

Course: #4094   
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course) 
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit     
Prerequisites: Completion of Video Production II with a B- or better
This course may be repeated for further study with teacher approval.

Students will produce professional video projects. Focus on Final Cut Pro X and finding an individual style. Students will build a digital portfolio.

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Art students painting in class


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