Art Foundations A & B
The goal set for Art Foundation's students is to experiment, have fun and keep an open mind as they learn about as many forms of art and art history as the school year will allow. Grades are completely based on effort, not ability and use of time in the classroom. If a student tries hard and uses class time wisely for each assignment they will see an improvement in their artistic skills. Students will learn the basics of drawing and color theory that will help them in the outside world. It is important each student learns the value of art as it appears in the world today and will learn skills that will help them when they are decorating their personal living space, creating a sign, designing the backdrop for a science project or simply framing a photograph. Art appreciation assignments will start each change in media so that students may see what other artists have created from local to famous artists, from amateur to professional levels, and from ages young to old. Art I is designed for students to learn how to appreciate different art, try new things, and develop their basic skills.
The goals for Art II students is similar to Art Foundations but on a slightly higher level. Students will take a more in-depth approach to each media. This class will experiment with acrylic paint, found objects and clay. Expectations for Art II are higher than Art I and homework will be involved. Art II is designed to help students who like and appreciate art and are curious to learn more about it while enhancing their skills.
The goal for Art III is to expand on media choices and explore them thoroughly. Students will learn how to stretch a canvas and to start developing his or her portfolio. Students will look at scholarship requirements at a variety of colleges and focus on independent projects that will enhance their portfolio if he or she is considering an art major in college. If students are not thinking about pursuing art majors in college, they will be guided as they take ideas out of their minds and bring them into this world. Art III encourages creativity and independent development of ideas. Students thinking about a career involving art in any form including fine art, architecture, or any type of designer are encouraged to take this course.
Art IV & V
The goal of Art IV is to develop skills in the student's choice of media(s) and to assemble a portfolio that will help with college entry, scholarship submissions and jobs. Students that do not wish to pursue a career in art will have the opportunity to work with their choice of media and develop ideas while enhancing their skills. Art IV is designed for an art enthusiast regardless of future plans and goals.