Art

  • All Art courses will count for Fine Art credit. Students need 1.0 Fine Art credit to graduate.

    1004 ART EXPLORATION
    Credit: ½ unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Art Exploration is a project-based class where students explore the design and creation of a variety of traditional and contemporary craft mediums. Projects include paper manipulation, fiber art and jewelry fabrication. Students should have a basic level of experience or comfort with learning to use an x-Acto blade, a hot glue gun and simple hand sewing techniques.

    1005 CONCEPTS OF ART
    Credit: 1 unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Concepts of Art is the basic art studio orientation course which emphasizes design language and visual literacy. Students become acquainted with a variety of mediums and are encouraged to experiment, innovate, and transfer learning from one project to another. The specific content included in this course includes exploration of two-dimensional drawing composition and painting techniques, color theory, three-dimensional sculpture techniques, a functional ceramics survey, art history and vocabulary, and traditional craftwork. Concepts of Art is designed to serve as either an introduction to future art studios or as an appreciation course to broaden a well-rounded education.

    1001 STUDIO ART
    Credit: ½ unit
    Open to Grades: 9-10
    Studio Art is an accelerated foundations course designed for the serious art student who will pursue multiple art courses during high school. Students who enroll should have verifiable art experience such as a portfolio of artworks or letter of recommendation from another Art Instructor. Studio Art is a 1/2 credit course and must be taken in conjunction with one of the studio disciplines to complete their fine art requirement for graduation. Studio Art is the prerequisite for any of the studio disciplines and will help fulfill the fine art credit when taken with another studio discipline for 1/2 credit. Students who earn a grade of “B” or better will satisfy recommendations to proceed to a specific studio discipline.

    1361 DIGITAL ART
    Credit: 1 unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Do you want to know how to remove someone from an image? Do you want to use a drawing tablet to digitize your work of art? Do you want to see your artwork animated? If so, this is the course for you! With the combination of studio art methods and the use of application software, this will happen. Manipulating images using Photoshop, creating original drawings using Illustrator and making 3D animations using Blender will be accomplished in this course. Scanners, digitizing tablets and digital cameras will be used to add a personal touch to projects. Students should have a good drawing background and computer skills for this course.

    1500 ART HISTORY
    Credits: 1 unit
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This course is offered as part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College Advanced Credit Program. It is open to all interested and serious students who wish to learn art history as it relates to historical events. The course will be very helpful to those students whose futures include college study. Three hours of college credit can be granted to students enrolling in the program. Payment of tuition is required. Visual study through slides and art objects, in addition to daily lectures, prepare the student for advanced placement in college art history. Students will also produce artwork related to different styles of art and periods of history. Students may visit the art museum and area art galleries. Note: Students may receive dual credits from UMSL after taking this course, currently at ⅓ the tuition price of the 3 hour UMSL course.

    1375 MIXED MEDIA AND PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
    Credits: ½ unit
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    In this class students will learn to use the MakerSpace to create art. Students will begin with their own concepts and create a final product that will be included in a portfolio for the college application process. Students will have hands on experiential learning that will help them develop their creativity and imagination. They will learn about the process artists go through by matching materials, working with new technology and using tools to realize art objects that complete their expression. By taking an idea from the drawing and revision stages, to building it three dimensionally using both old and new technology, students will discover how various processes change the final outcome. They will be able to produce different versions, in several materials more quickly, and decide which is the best solution. Colleges require 15 to 20 high quality art pieces be included in a portfolio. By using the MakerSpace, students will create projects that, before its existence, may not possibly have been brought to reality.

    CERAMICS COURSES
    1012 CERAMICS I
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Concepts of Art or Studio Art
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Fundamental skills will expose the student to the possibilities and limitations in the construction and glazing of clay. The student will experience a variety of hand-building methods, glazing techniques, and three-dimensional sculpture.

    1020 CERAMICS II
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Ceramics I or instructor's approval
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Fundamental skills will expose the student to the possibilities and limitations in the construction and glazing of clay. The student will experience a variety of hand-building methods, glazing techniques, and three-dimensional sculpture.

    1040 CERAMICS III
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Ceramics II or instructor's approval
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    The student will develop creative, technical, and practical skills using hand-building and/or wheel-throwing methods. The student will learn basic chemistry and math necessary to formulate and mix glazes, and will be encouraged in the development of their own personal style.

    1050 CERAMICS IV
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Ceramics III or instructor's approval
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    The student will develop creative, technical, and practical skills using hand-building and/or wheel-throwing methods. The student will learn basic chemistry and math necessary to formulate and mix glazes, and will be encouraged in the development of their own personal style.

    1070 CERAMICS V
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Ceramics IV or instructor's approval
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    The student will develop creative, technical, and practical skills using hand-building and/or wheel-throwing methods. The student will learn basic chemistry and math necessary to formulate and mix glazes, and will be encouraged in the development of their own personal style.

    1080 CERAMICS VI
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Ceramics V or instructor's approval
    Open to Grade: 11-12
    The student will develop creative, technical, and practical skills using hand-building and/or wheel-throwing methods. The student will learn basic chemistry and math necessary to formulate and mix glazes, and will be encouraged in the development of their own personal style.

    1090 CERAMICS VII
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Ceramics VI or instructor’s approval
    Open to Grade: 11-12
    Students will continue to develop projects of personal interest and develop a portfolio for the college application process.

    DRAWING AND PAINTING COURSES
    1110 DRAWING AND PAINTING I
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Concepts of Art or Studio Art
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Using a variety of drawing media, students will sharpen observation skills and learn to use line and tone to create images which exhibit awareness of the elements and principles of design. Having experienced a number of drawing processes, students will then enter into the world of color, solving drawing and design problems in paint. Students will participate in various art competitions and will begin to develop a portfolio of their artwork.

    1120 DRAWING AND PAINTING II
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Drawing and Painting I or instructor's approval
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Using a variety of drawing media, students will continue to sharpen observation skills and learn to use line and tone to create images which exhibit knowledge of the elements and principles of design. Having experienced a number of drawing processes, students will then enter into the world of color, solving drawing and design problems in paint. Students will participate in various art competitions and will begin to develop a portfolio of their artwork

    1140 DRAWING AND PAINTING III
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Drawing and Painting II or instructor's approval
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Using a variety of drawing and painting media, students will continue to sharpen observation skills and learn to use line and tone to create images which exhibit a knowledge of the elements and principles of design. Having experienced a number of drawing processes, students will then enter into the world of color, solving drawing and design problems in paint. Students will participate in various art competitions and will begin to develop a portfolio of their artwork that reflects their personal interests in subject matter.

    1150 DRAWING AND PAINTING IV
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Drawing and Painting III or instructor's approval
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Students will continue to use their observational drawing and painting skills. Advanced study in the areas of composition, color study and developing ideas using a variety of media will be pursued. They will continue to build a portfolio for the college application process.

    1170 DRAWING AND PAINTING V
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Drawing and Painting IV or instructor's approval
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    The emphasis in the advanced studio is on the student’s individual growth and self-expression through work in both drawing and painting media. Continued development of the portfolio is an important aspect of the course. Students will become more responsible for finding references and resource materials to guide them in their individual art projects.

    1180 DRAWING AND PAINTING VI
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Drawing and Painting V or instructor's approval
    Open to Grade: 11-12
    The emphasis in the advanced studio is on the student’s individual growth and self-expression through work in both drawing and painting media. Continued development of the portfolio is an important aspect of the course. Students will become more responsible for finding references and resource materials to guide them in their individual art projects.

    PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES
    Students enrolling in Photography must have access to or own a 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera. Some assignments will require the student to shoot during non-school hours. Their schedules must allow for work outside of class.

    1210 PHOTOGRAPHY I
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Concepts of Art or Studio Art
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This studio is designed to go beyond taking snapshots by helping students learn how to express themselves through photography. Students will learn basic picture-taking skills. They will learn how to develop black and white film and print enlargements.

    1220 PHOTOGRAPHY II
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Photography I
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This studio is designed to go beyond taking snapshots by helping students learn how to express themselves through photography. Students will learn basic picture-taking skills. They will learn how to develop black and white film and print enlargements.

    1240 PHOTOGRAPHY III
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Photography II
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Advanced photography students will review and refine photographing, developing and enlargement skills. Experimentation with unusual techniques such as superimposing images, and use of varied materials such as graded papers and filters will be introduced. Students will be introduced to Digital Photography, the use of computers and reproductive techniques. Students must have access to their own digital camera.

    1250 PHOTOGRAPHY IV
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Photography III
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Advanced photography students will review and refine photographing, developing and enlargement skills. Experimentation with unusual techniques such as superimposing images, and use of varied materials such as graded papers and filters will be introduced. Students will be introduced to Digital Photography, the use of computers and reproductive techniques. Students must have access to their own digital camera.

    SCULPTURE COURSES
    1410 SCULPTURE I
    Credits: ½ unit
    Recommendation: Students who earned a C+ or better in Ceramics I have experienced a challenging yet appropriate placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    The student will gain knowledge of the clay medium and of three-dimensional form. The course teaches the principles and elements of design with emphasis on relief and sculpture in the round, using clay and other 3-D media.

    1420 SCULPTURE II
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Sculpture I
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    The student will build upon their knowledge of the clay medium and of three-dimensional form. The course teaches the principles and elements of design with emphasis on relief and sculpture in the round, using clay and other 3-D media.

    1440 SCULPTURE III
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Level II
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    Recommended for the student with an interest in the design and construction of sculpture using a variety of media. The levels two and three – recommended student will continue to develop awareness of the concepts and techniques involved in the creation of three-dimensional forms. Additive, subtractive, reproductive sculptural methods will be investigated.

    1450 SCULPTURE IV
    Credits: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Proficiency in Level III
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    Recommended for the student with an interest in the design and construction of sculpture using a variety of media. The levels two and three – recommended student will continue to develop an awareness of the concepts and techniques involved in the creation of three-dimensional forms. Additive, subtractive, reproductive sculptural methods will be investigated. A portfolio will be developed for the college application process.