COURSE DESRIPTIONS

ART FOUNDATION COURSES

 

Course Title Credits Course Description
STUDIO ART 1 Studio Art is a foundation art course open to all students. This class acts as an introduction to the elements and principles of design through varied experiences in creative media including use of: color, design, perspective, sculpture, painting, and drawing. In addition, students will be exposed to various art movements and creative careers. The final assessment is administered during the last week of class and includes multiple choice and short answer questions, as well as drawing exercises.

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STUDIO CERAMICS 1 Studio Ceramics is a foundation art course open to all students. This course will study the elements and principles of design using three dimensional materials. Using clay, students will explore fundamental hand building techniques such as coil, modeling, and slab construction. Students will explore creating functional ceramics, abstract art and figurative works while investigating a variety of cultural perspectives and accomplished artists. The final assessment is administered during the last week of class and includes multiple choice and short answer questions, as well as drawing exercises.

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STUDIO IN MEDIA 1 Studio in Media Arts is a foundation art course open to all students. This course acts as an introduction to the elements and principles of design via the use of technological applications such as computer graphics, digital imaging, and photography. In addition, students will be exposed to traditional drawing techniques, a variety of art careers, and artistic movements. Students will use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator in this course. The final assessment is administered during the last week of class and includes multiple choice and short answer questions, as well as drawing exercises.


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STUDIO IN FASHION AND INTERIOR DESIGN 1 Studio Art is a foundation art course open to all students. This class acts as an introduction to the elements and principles of design through the illustration of fashion design as well as interior spaces and decor. Skills will be enhanced through the exploration of fashion and Interior design subject matter with the use of a variety of materials and completion of construction projects.   Students will explore artists within the industry and participate in design challenges. Students will be introduced to ideas and images from contemporary art, fashion, and interior design history. The final assessment is administered during the last week of class and includes multiple choice and short answer questions, as well as drawing exercises.

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SEMESTER ART ELECTIVES
THAT DO NOT HAVE ART PREREQUISITES

The following semester electives are available to those who never took one of the above foundation level courses and/or who took a different course for their Art/Music graduation requirement. Taking one of these electives can give you access to some of the upper level art courses without having to first go back and take a foundation level art course.

 

ART HISTORY 1H 1/2 Art History

Prerequisites:  Global History 9; Grades 10-12

(Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required; Sophomores must submit written approval from Guidance to Seton Hall University if seeking Seton Hall credit)

This course is a survey of Western art-making traditions, allowing students to place their own creativity within a historical context.  The course will expose students to the development of painting, sculpture and architecture from Prehistoric Art through the Middle Ages.  Students will look at art critically through slide lectures, videos, presentations, written assignments and project-based activities. Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

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ART HISTORY 2H 1/2 Art History

Prerequisites:  Global History 9; Grades 10-12

(Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required; Sophomores must submit written approval from Guidance to Seton Hall University if seeking Seton Hall credit)

This course is a survey of Western art-making traditions, allowing students to place their own creativity within a historical context.  The course will expose students to the development of painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance through the 21st century.  Students will look at art critically through slide lectures, videos, presentations, written assignments and project-based activities. Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

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SCULPTURE 1/2 No Prerequisite

In this course, students will explore the medium of clay, as well as, other 3 dimensional materials (such as cardboard, wood, wire, and found objects) in the creation of a variety of sculptures. Students will explore design principles and how these relate to 3 dimensional forms.  Students will explore environmental design problems and current social issues as they create sculptural work that relates to the world around them.

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POTTERY 1/2 No Prerequisite

In this course, students will explore the medium of clay and ceramic industry career techniques including slab building, modeling, wheel throwing, and the use of plaster molds in the creation of functional ceramics. The focus will be on function and form production by creating multiples (or sets) of  cups and bowls, as well as large scale serving pieces.

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1/2 No Prerequisite

Grades 10-12

The role of digital photography is continually growing. Advancements in technology, the proliferation of smartphone, and social networking has profoundly impacted the discipline. Students in Digital Photography I will focus on the basic principles of digital photograph, photo manipulation, and the social and ethical implications of this ever changing field. Students will be provided with an overview of scanning, digital cameras, Adobe Photoshop, and output to print and the web.

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DIGITAL ANIMATION FOR BEGINNERS 1/2 No Prerequisite

This design based course acts as an introduction to animation principles and the Adobe Creative Cloud animation programs such as Character Animate and Animate CC.  No previous drawing skills are necessary. Students will utilize photographs, cameras, clip art and simple hand drawings to create moving imagery that tells a story or shows an action. No art prerequisite is required.

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ART ELECTIVES

After successful completion of one of the Foundation Fine Arts courses, students can elect to continue a sequence in Drawing and Painting, 2-D Design (Computer Graphics and Photography), and 3-D Design.

 

 

Course Title Credits Course Description
DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION 1 Prerequisite: Foundation Level Art Course or Studio Art 8

This advanced offering is the second requirement for an art major. Design and Illustration builds on the concepts learned in Studio Art. The emphasis is on design concepts, composition and the use of color, as well as on individual problem solving which utilizes varied media and techniques. Students will engage in a variety of projects that relate to the use of art in commercial industry.

PAINTING & DRAWING 1 Prerequisite: Design & Illustration or Teacher Recommendation

Drawing and Painting is a course intended for the serious art student who is considering establishing a portfolio of artwork. Students will address a variety of observational and imaginative subjects while exploring advanced drawing and painting materials. Students will  be encouraged to progress towards both experimental and self-directed works. The course will culminate in the development of a personal portfolio website. This skill will have future applications during the college application process, college coursework, and post graduate job applications.

ADVANCED ART 4H 1 Prerequisites: Foundation Level Art Course; Design & Illustration or Painting & Drawing

(Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required)

Advanced Art is open to students with a firm, extensive background in art. Projects are chosen with teacher discussion and advisement in drawing, painting, sculpture, design and mixed media. Students will continue the process of preparing a portfolio of work that may be used for college applications. Other activities may include keeping a daily sketchbook and student exhibitions. The course will culminate in the development of a personal portfolio website. This skill will have future applications during the college application process, college coursework, and post graduate job applications. Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

SCULPTURE 1/2 No Prerequisite

In this course, students will explore the medium of clay, as well as, other 3 dimensional materials (such as cardboard, wood, wire, and found objects) in the creation of a variety of sculptures. Students will explore design principles and how these relate to 3 dimensional forms.  Students will explore environmental design problems and current social issues as they create sculptural work that relates to the world around them.

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POTTERY 1/2 No Prerequisite

In this course, students will explore the medium of clay and ceramic industry career techniques including slab building, modeling, wheel throwing, and the use of plaster molds in the creation of functional ceramics. The focus will be on function and form production by creating multiples (or sets) of  cups and bowls, as well as large scale serving pieces.

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INTERMEDIATE CLAY 1 Prerequisite: Studio Ceramics

This course will focus on an in-depth exploration  of basic clay building techniques. Students will build on previously learned knowledge  of skills and ceramic industry career techniques. Experimental surface treatments and wheel throwing will be introduced via the investigation of cultural perspectives and accomplished artists. The course will culminate in the development of a personal portfolio website. This skill will have future applications during the college application process, college coursework, and post graduate job applications.

ADVANCED

CLAY H

1 Prerequisite: Intermediate Clay or Multiples

(Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required)

This course will continue to build on previously learned knowledge of clay skills and ceramic industry career techniques. Students will research and explore ergonomic design problems and solutions while looking at function and form.  Students will explore sculptural techniques including the creation of a human bust through a surrealist lens. Students will also have the opportunity to research a social justice issue, create a storyboard campaign and create a proposal for a public installation. Final works will be proposed in a mock presentation.  The course will culminate in the development of a personal portfolio website. This skill will have future applications during the college application process, college coursework, and post graduate job applications.

Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1/2 No Prerequisite

Grades 10-12

The role of digital photography is continually growing. Advancements in technology, the proliferation of smartphone, and social networking has profoundly impacted the discipline. Students in Digital Photography I will focus on the basic principles of digital photograph, photo manipulation, and the social and ethical implications of this ever changing field. Students will be provided with an overview of scanning, digital cameras, Adobe Photoshop, and output to print and the web.

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INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY H 1/2 Prerequisites: Foundation Level Art Course,  or Digital Photography

Grades 11 and 12 only.  (Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required)

This is an introductory black and white film photography course in 35mm camera use, film developing and darkroom technique. Students will explore photographic design skills and industry career techniques including photo retouching, product photography and portraiture. Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY H 1/2 Prerequisites: Introduction to Photography; Grades 11 and 12 only.

(Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required)

This course continues the experience begun in camera use and darkroom techniques, as well as digital photography experiences and post editing on the computer. Photographic career skills will be explored through studio shoots and exploration of lighting. Advanced experimental techniques will be stressed. The course will culminate in the development of a personal portfolio website. This skill will have future applications during the college application process, college coursework, and post graduate job applications.Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

DIGITAL ANIMATION FOR BEGINNERS 1/2 No Prerequisite

This design based course acts as an introduction to animation principles and the Adobe Creative Cloud animation programs such as Character Animate and Animate CC.  No previous drawing skills are necessary. Students will utilize photographs, cameras, clip art and simple hand drawings to create moving imagery that tells a story or shows an action. No art prerequisite is required.

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COMPUTER GRAPHICS 1 Prerequisites: Foundation Level Art Course or Studio Art 8

Students will be introduced to the computer as a tool for visual design. The projects throughout the year will focus on visual communication of ideas and concepts along with the strengthening of design principles and composition.

Students will work on a series of visual assignments that will build career ready skills such as,design design book,movie poster design and magazine cover design, childrens’ book.  Students will become proficient in industry standards of graphic design layout, photo editing, presentation skills and web design. Students will work in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

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ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS H 1 Prerequisite: Computer Graphics

(Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required)

This advanced visual communication course is designed for the serious art student. Advanced assignments using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign will push the visual possibilities with all aspects of transforming information and ideas into visual form. Visual solutions will utilize graphic design, computer graphics, and typography.  Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT 2-D

DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY

1 Prerequisites: Foundation Level Art Course; Introduction/Advanced Photography or Computer Graphics

This course is for the serious art student who wishes to develop a 2-D Design Portfolio. Students will create the 10-15 works necessary for the AP exam. Projects will explore traditional digital and film photography as well as application of photographs in 2-D studio assignments. Because students need access to the darkroom  to complete homework assignments, it is highly recommended that students have a free period in their schedule to complete the coursework. Additional course requirements include student run 3-person exhibits in the school gallery and quarterly independent museum visits. Students must register for and take the AP Portfolio Exam to receive AP weighting.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT IN DRAWING 1 Prerequisites: Foundation Level Art Course; Completion of two of the following courses:  Design & Illustration, Painting & Drawing, Advanced Art 4

The AP Drawing program is designed for the serious art student who wishes to develop an  AP Studio/Drawing portfolio. It is important to note that the majority of the 10-15 works of art needed to complete an AP portfolio will be created during this course.   The maintenance of a sketchbook as well as museum visits are among the possible requirements beyond the class period. The program sets a national standard and allows students to earn college credit and/or advanced placement credit. Students submit portfolios at the national level for evaluation. Students must register for and take the AP Portfolio Exam to receive AP weighting.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT IN

3-D

DESIGN

1 Prerequisites: Foundation Level Art Course; Minimum 2 year sequence in Ceramics Courses; Portfolio Review

The AP 3-D program is designed for the serious art student who wishes to develop an AP 3-D Design portfolio. This course will culminate in a portfolio of 10-15  3-D works that will be submitted to the AP College Board. The maintenance of a sketchbook, as well as museum visits, are among the possible requirements beyond the class period. The program sets a national standard and allows students to earn college credit and/or advanced placement credit. Students submit portfolios for evaluation at the national level. Students must register for and take the AP Portfolio Exam to receive AP weighting.

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

VISUAL ARTS, HIGHER LEVEL

YEAR 1

1 Prerequisite: Foundation Level Art Course

This is the first half of a two-year course designed for serious art students who wish to develop an art portfolio, and IB candidates who wish to use the visual arts to fulfill their Group 6 requirement. A significant amount of work will be completed outside of class, including writing assignments and self directed trips to museums and galleries. The course is closely aligned with Art IV with a few additions.  Students must document their creative process and analyze key artists and cultures that have influenced the students’ work. Students are encouraged to work with a variety of traditional 2-D and 3-D techniques as well as new media, including digital imaging, sculpture, animation and video.   The grade distribution is as follows: 40% Studio Work, 40% Process Portfolio, 20% Comparative Analysis. The culminating assessment takes place during the second year of the course.

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

VISUAL ARTS, HIGHER LEVEL

YEAR 2

1 Prerequisite: IB Art Year 1

This is the second half of a two-year course designed for serious art students who wish to develop an art portfolio and IB Diploma candidates who wish to use the visual arts to fulfill their Group 6 requirement.  A significant amount of work will be completed outside of class, including writing assignments and self-directed trips to museums and galleries. The course is closely aligned with AP Drawing, with a few additions. Students are encouraged to work with a variety of traditional 2-D and 3-D techniques as well as new media, including digital imaging, sculpture, animation and video.  For the culminating assessment, students will exhibit 11 works of art, along with supporting text (40%). They will also submit a Process Portfolio (40%) and Comparative Study (20%), which analyzes how other artists and cultures have influenced each student’s own work. The course will culminate in the development of a personal portfolio website. This skill will have future applications during the college application process, college coursework, and post graduate job applications.

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ART HISTORY 1H 1/2 Art History

Prerequisites:  Global History 9; Grades 10-12

(Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required; Sophomores must submit written approval from Guidance to Seton Hall University if seeking Seton Hall credit)

This course is a survey of Western art-making traditions, allowing students to place their own creativity within a historical context.  The course will expose students to the development of painting, sculpture and architecture from Prehistoric Art through the Middle Ages.  Students will look at art critically through slide lectures, videos, presentations, written assignments and project-based activities. Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

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ART HISTORY 2H 1/2 Art History

Prerequisites:  Global History 9; Grades 10-12

(Optional: Seton Hall University- 3 credits; Registration Fee Required; Sophomores must submit written approval from Guidance to Seton Hall University if seeking Seton Hall credit)

This course is a survey of Western art-making traditions, allowing students to place their own creativity within a historical context.  The course will expose students to the development of painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance through the 21st century.  Students will look at art critically through slide lectures, videos, presentations, written assignments and project-based activities. Students must register with Seton Hall University to receive college credit.

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