Visual Art

OA graduation: 1 year visual arts OR 1 year foreign language; UC requirement 1 year visual art

Goals for all art classes:

  • Students will gain confidence in their artistic abilities
  • Students will develop a keen eye: being inspired by the world around them, finding constant inspiration that they can use in their art.
  • When discussing art, students will be able to use vocabulary and design terms to express their opinions and ideas.
  • Students will have knowledge of the history of art.

Beginning Art

In this class, students will build a foundation in the study of art. Students will learn design basics through the implementation of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, with an emphasis on drawing and painting. They will learn how to properly care for the artist materials and tools they use in the Art Room. Through these studies, students will gain knowledge of vocabulary used in the art world, and will be able to discuss their vision and design aesthetics. Students will learn about famous artists and works of art, both past and present, and will learn how their own styles may fit into the art history timeline.

Advanced Art

Students will continually build upon what they learned in the previous year about the Elements of Art, the Principles of Design; use of artist materials, vocabulary, and history. They will use this knowledge to further their drawing and painting skills, with an introduction into other art mediums and sculpture. Students will learn how to care for these artist materials. We will discuss how the same ideas and values apply to these art forms. Students will learn about artists and famous works of art in these mediums.

Studio Art

Students will continually build upon what they learned in the previous years about the Elements of Art, the Principles of Design; use of artist materials, vocabulary, and history. They will use this knowledge to further their artistic abilities, finding what speaks to them, and strengthening those abilities. There will be an emphasis on portfolio design, and staying motivated as an artist. Art history will be expanded upon through the discussion of schools of art and what distinguishes the artists in each school of art.

Visual Arts (Music History)

This class covers popular music in the U.S. starting from the mid-1800s through the blues, rock and roll, jazz, punk, hip hop, and the various international and multicultural influences that helped to form them. We draw from the varied musical backgrounds of the students in the class to explore genres not included in our readings. This class helps students develop a working musical vocabulary, learn to listen critically to musical examples, and discuss the cultural and political implications of musical developments. Major projects for the semester include a concert report, song analysis, genre presentation, and final presentation.

Visual Arts (Film)

The second half of the Visual Arts course deals with film analysis, and introduces students to the language of formal analysis in movies. Students learn to take apart individual shots, to look at the component pieces, and to understand the artistic decisions that go into constructing a film. Through class discussions, weekly writing and outside viewing assignments, students learn to analyze films from a variety of critical lenses.

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