Visual Arts Courses

Basic Design (Course 635)

Grade 9

1 Credit                                                                                                        

Semester

This course introduces and enhances student understanding of design elements and principles. Students will explore design concepts in a variety of both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects.  Assignments emphasize composition and utilize a range of media. Techniques include: drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking. Class activities will include reading from the text, Exploring Visual Design, discussions and written critiques with supportive activities at the Yale Art Gallery.

 

Art Foundations (Course 606)

Grade 9

1 Credit                                                                                                         

Semester

The course provides the opportunity for students to make connections, between the study of art history and their own art-making. Students will continue to explore design concepts for a variety of both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects. Assignments emphasize creative expression and delve into the meaning behind artwork. Techniques may include, but are not limited to the following: drawing, painting and sculpting. Class activities will include reading from the text, Discovering Art History, discussions and written critiques, with supportive activities at the Yale Art Gallery.

 

Survey of Visual Arts (Course 783)

Grade 10

2 Credits                                                                                                        

Full Year

This course provides an overview of four of five Visual Arts disciplines, with different discipline each marking period:

Painting – In this quarter students will be exposed to a variety of painting mediums and techniques.

Digital Media– In this quarter students will be introduced to the digital realm of art by learning graphic design principles and using the Adobe Photoshop program.

Drawing– In this quarter students will build observation ability and technical skills in drawing using a variety of media.

Ceramics – In this quarter students are introduced to sculptural and wheel-thrown clay techniques.

Video Production- This course provides the opportunity for students to get better understanding of video production and to use state of art video equipment. This class is basic stepping stone towards television production.

All four classes will involve reading and written critiques in the given content areas.

 

Painting (Course 625)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                        

Semester

Students will explore a wide range of painting techniques and materials. Studio work will provide prompts for creative thinking and build on existing studio skills. Visits to the Yale University Art Gallery and using works there as primary documents as inspiration will be a major component of the course.  Class activities also include reading, critique, and written work.

 

Fashion and Wearable Art (Course 683)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                        

Semester

This course, offered to new or returning “Fashion” students, explores how people communicate through fashion.  Students will look at the connections between what is worn and how it communicates. They will investigate communication via clothing choices, both historical and contemporary and link this study to an exploration of fashion design. Students will research information about costume and/or fashion designers. Studio work will include fashion and/or costume illustration and the production of work.

 

Photography Studio  (Course 639)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                        

Semester

Students will learn the history of photography, use of the manual 35 mm camera, the developing of film, and the making of black and white prints in the darkroom.  The class will focus on composition in photography, the use of light and different photographic themes.  Students will be expected to complete a variety of photographic projects, mandatory reading and writing assignments, as well as tests and quizzes.

 

Art Studio for Mixed Media (Course 685)

Grades 11-12                              

1 Credit                                                                                                                                               

Semester

Students will explore a wide range of media and studio techniques, connecting with the contemporary Art scene. Production of artwork will utilize techniques including, but not limited to, the following: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed-media and assemblage. Class activities incorporate reading, critique, and written work. Studio work will provide prompts for creative thinking and build on existing studio skills, with opportunities for individualization.

 

TV Production (Course 680)

Grades 11-12      

1 Credit                                                                                                         

Semester

TV Production students will learn how to produce several genres of TV shows by effectively using TV production equipment, video techniques, and a clear understanding of all the technical positions in production. The students will also be involved in taping live performances by the Music and Theater departments, utilizing a 3-camera shoot. Also in this class students will learn how to use the green screen. This will give a realistic effect towards student’s shows. Students also will learn how to use the teleprompter. This will give a professional style look, and give convince to students to learn how to read off a teleprompter.  In this class students will produce shows two-three times a week. Some shows will actually be broadcast on Citizen Television, a local network in New Haven.

 

Filming (Course 641)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                         

Semester

Students will analyze, watch different scenes of movies base off the category. Action, romance, comedy, Sci. Filming is all about learning how get different camera shots. Also students will learn how to write their own movie script. Students will shoot short commercials, and movie trailers to show to class.

 

Ceramics Studio (Course 607)

Grade 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                         

Semester

This course builds on student’s prior experience and skill in hand-built and wheel-thrown clay techniques. Students will choose a focus (hand-built, wheel-thrown or sculptural) with the goal of achieving a level of mastery in the technique. Students will propose projects and develop them collaboratively with the instructor. The instructor will facilitate student research on specific artists related to their focus. Coursework will include regular critiques-both written and oral, research and group discussions.

 

Graphic Design II (Course 634)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                         

Semester

This course builds on Graphic Design I as a form of visual communication through the use of type, image, form and color. They will create original posters, magazine and book designs, illustrations, and communicate identity through logo designs. Students will learn and use technical skills with traditional drawing media in combination with Adobe Creative Suite 4 software programs including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. They will analyze artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and explore various methods for creative problem-solving. Critiques will be an important learning tool in this class and will be used to increase artistic vocabulary and build their artistic voice. Through video clips, discussions and research, students are introduced to creative thinkers, important innovations and breakthrough technologies that have shaped the evolution of visual communication. Students will create an electronic portfolio of course work and are required to have a Flash drive and sketchbook.

 

Zone 203 (Course 679)

Grade 12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

All arts are welcome. Prerequisites: creativity, moderate camera skills & computer skills, and willingness to be yourself.

Students will produce a weekly news/entertainment program entitled Zone 203:  The weekly morning news program highlighting the events that are taking place in the school and around the city.

 

Digital Story Telling: Computer Animation II (Course 681)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit     

Semester

This course will focus on improving visual literacy through reading, and creating graphic novels/flip books. This class gives students the ability to draw their own characters interacting with each other in a way that communicates as well as a written novel.  Works can be drawn by hand, or using the wacom tablet directly on the computer.  Adobe programs such as Illustrator, and Flash will also be introduced to vectorize drawn artwork, and create short animations.

 

Sculpture Studio (Course 682)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                         

Semester

This course builds on student’s prior knowledge and skill in sculptural techniques materials and artists. Students will choose a focus medium (ceramics, wood, plaster, the found object…) with the goal of achieving a level of mastery in the medium. Students will propose projects and develop them collaboratively with the instructor. The instructor will facilitate student research on specific artists related to their focus. Coursework will include regular critiques-both written and oral, research and group discussions.

 

Drawing Intensive (Course 615)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                         

Semester

This course is for juniors and seniors who wish to continue to develop their drawing ability.  The course focuses on students completing challenging drawing assignments from observation and photographs of various subjects, using a wide range of drawing materials.  Students will begin to develop more advanced drawings techniques as well as continuing to develop techniques taught during sophomore year.

 

Yearbook (Course 684)

Grades 11- 12

1  Credit                                                                                                        

Full Year

Students will work together as a team to design, create and publish the Co-Op yearbook.  Students will go through the steps in publication from design ideas to final copy. Students will photograph and write about the relationships and interaction between students, teachers, administrators, and support personnel, as well as about how the seniors will remember their final year at Co-Op. Students will learn the basics of design and layout, as well as the principles of quality publication design.  This class is offered to seniors only.

 

Exploring Visual Design Elective (Course 1035)

Grades 9-12

.5 Credit                                                                                                       

Semester

This is a one-semester course that introduces students to the elements and principles of design, using a wide range of mediums and techniques. Students will explore various artists and art periods to provide inspiration and ideas for their own work.  Each assignment will focus on a specific artist, art period or element and principle of design. This course is open to students from any arts concentration.

 

Advanced Placement Drawing Portfolio (Course 621)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of Arts Director

 Required: Coordination of  AP Studio Art with arts block electives, including one semester of Drawing Intensive.

 Taught in addition to the arts block electives, this challenging course in drawing is modeled after an entry-level college drawing course and is authorized by the College Board. The course emphasizes building observational drawing skills and stretching creative thinking. To build portfolios for both Breadth and Concentration sections, students will work in multiple thematic areas for variety and concentrate on an individually-selected drawing issue for depth. They will compile digital portfolios to be submitted to the College Board to determine eligibility for college credit and finish the year with a collaborative group project.

 

Advanced Placement 2-D Design Portfolio  (Course 637)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of Arts Director.

Required: Coordination of AP Studio Art with arts block electives

Taught in addition to the arts block electives, this challenging portfolio course is modeled after an entry-level college course in 2-D Design and is authorized by the College Board. The course focus is to build skills, stretch creative thinking and enhance student portfolios in the areas of depth in a single theme/medium and breadth in a range of media and techniques. Students will work in a variety of media, using numerous techniques, concentrating in one area for an extended period to develop depth in their portfolios. They will compile digital portfolios to be sent to the College Board to determine eligibility for college credit.

 

Advanced Placement 3-D Design Portfolio (Course 638)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of Arts Director.

Required: Coordination of AP Studio Art with arts block electives

Taught in addition to the arts block electives, this challenging portfolio course is modeled after an entry-level college course in 3-D Design and is authorized by the College Board. The course focus is to build skills, stretch creative thinking and enhance student portfolios in the areas of depth in a single theme/medium and breadth in a range of media and techniques. Students will work in a variety of media, using numerous techniques, concentrating in one area for an extended period to develop depth in their portfolios. They will compile digital portfolios to be sent to the College Board to determine eligibility for college credit and finish the year with a collaborative group project.

 

Advanced Placement Art History (Course 646)

Grade 12

1 Credit                                                                                                         

Full Year

Prerequisite: teacher recommendation.

The AP Art History course explores such topics as the nature of art, its uses, its meanings, art making, and response to art.  Through investigation of diverse artistic traditions of cultures from prehistory to the present, the course fosters in-depth and holistic understanding of the history or art from a global perspective.  Students learn and apply skills of visual, contextual, and comparative analysis to engage with a variety of art forms, constructing understanding of individual works and interconnections of art-making processes and products throughout history.  This course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university art history survey course.