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Art Foundations is an introductory visual arts course designed to teach students basic skills in perception, the formulation of original ideas, composition, art history, and art criticism. Students will learn beginning Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture techniques. This varied approach to art will offer students new skills, use of tools, improved vocabulary and appreciation for art.
Students refine painting skills while using oils, acrylics and watercolors to make larger, self directed works that are creatively challenging. Students design still-lifes and compositions, and create abstract / expressionistic paintings, mixed media works, and a large scale oil composition. Historical and contemporary art information is introduced to coincide with each assignment. Students will continue to develop their artistic eye and observational skills through processes of evaluating and critiquing their own, their peers and historical works of art in group, individual, and written contexts. Demonstrations, power points, films and reading materials will be given through out the class. Students create artwork that shows personal meaning and reflection, and complete writing assignments,a research paper and a final exam to demonstrate their learning.
This is a beginning level course that introduces students to the techniques, concepts, history and the formal language of painting. Color theory, composition, visual spatial relationships, critical and creative problem solving will be emphasized through out the course as well as the many of the techniques and painting skills needed to create still lives, color studies, landscapes and portraits. Painting I builds representational painting skills through painting from life, collage and the imagination. Students learn how to use and mix color, and how to use shape, texture and framing to make unusual compositions. Projects include problem solving units on color theory, still life, portraiture, landscape, and abstraction. Students will develop their artistic eye and observational skills through processes of evaluating and critiquing their own, their peers and Historical works of art in group, individual, and written contexts. Demonstrations, power points, films and reading materials will be given through out the class. Creating unique artwork, writing assignments, research papers, and a final exam are all a part of this course.

In Computer Art , students use graphic and commercial design theory and techniques to make digital art. Students learn how to use scanners, cameras and printers, and Photoshop software. This course is recommended for students with a thorough understanding of the elements and principles of design and critique. Interested Juniors or Seniors need to have completed at least one, level one visual art course. This is an intense course that requires higher order, creative problem processes. Students taking this course should be prepared to "think outside the box" regularly. Films, Power Points, oral,group and written critiques, writing assignments, Idea-Mapping  and Think-Tanking are all part of this course.