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Art Department » Visual Arts Course Catalogue

Visual Arts Course Catalogue

Visual Arts Course Descriptions

 
Drawing & Illustration Courses
 
Drawing (200601/02)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: none
This course is open to all students. We’ll explore drawing as a tool you can use to develop your visual ideas and to communicate your ideas to others. You don't have to have a lot of drawing experience to take this course, and you can take it twice for credit. You will need a sketchbook and something to draw with.
 
Media Magnet Drawing (200601/02)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: none
All ninth grade Media Magnet students take this introductory drawing course. This Media Magnet course emphasizes projects and concepts related to filmmaking, animation, and motion graphics (e.g., genre studies, storyboards, layouts, character designs, prop designs). We’ll explore drawing as a tool you can use to develop your visual ideas and to communicate your ideas to others. You don't have to have a lot of drawing experience to take this course, and you can take it twice for credit. You will need a sketchbook and something to draw with.
 
Media Magnet Design (200301/02)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: Drawing AB
This is a specialized class for students interested in Entertainment Art. This course assumes a basic ability to draw. This course emphasizes projects and concepts related to character, vehicle and environmental design for the entertainment industry. We'll explore the elements of art and the principles of design in as tools for ideation, visual structure, and aesthetic evaluation. In this course we'll also explore design process, and careers in entertainment design. 
 
Life Drawing (200607/08)
10 credits
G or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: Drawing AB
suggested for 11th and 12th grade students
This advanced course is for students who are interested in learning to draw the human figure and animals—particularly students interested in character and creature design. During the first half of this course we'll focus on gesture, structure, and anatomy. During the second half, we'll use our new knowledge to design characters and creatures, and to create storytelling illustrations. Because we study human anatomy, parental permission is required to take this course. You will need a sketchbook and something to draw with.
 
AP Studio Art: Drawing (200123/24)
10 credits
G or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: any visual arts course • instructor permission recommended • suggested for 11th or 12th grade students
This advanced course is for students interested in putting together a drawing portfolio for college applications and for the AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio Exam. We'll work together to create a portfolio that showcases your abilities and interests. All students are required to complete and submit a portfolio for the AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio Exam before the end of the course.
  
Digital Imaging Courses
 
Digital Imaging 1 (200321/22)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: none
This introductory course helps students develop aesthetic criteria in order to create graphic art imagery using a microcomputer. The course emphasizes the knowledge and application of the art elements and principles of design as used in visual communication. Students use Photoshop and a variety of technology to apply or formulate programs to communicate creative visual ideas. Students study artists who practice these art forms and learn and practice critiques of these art forms.
 
Media Magnet Digital Imaging 1 (200321/22)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: none
This introductory course helps students develop aesthetic criteria in order to create graphic art imagery using a microcomputer. The course emphasizes the knowledge and application of the art elements and principles of design as used in visual communication. Students use Photoshop and a variety of technology to apply or formulate programs to communicate creative visual ideas. Students study artists who practice these art forms and learn and practice critiques of these art forms.
 
Digital Imaging 2 (200323/24)
10 credits
G or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: Digital Imaging 1
This advanced course helps students develop aesthetic criteria in order to create graphic art imagery using a microcomputer. The course emphasizes the knowledge and application of the art elements and principles of design as used in visual communication. Students use Flash, Photoshop, and various tools to apply or formulate programs to communicate creative visual ideas and character animation. Students study artists who practice these art forms and learn and practice critiques of these art forms.
 
AP Studio Art: 2D Design (200125/26)
10 credits
G or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: any visual arts course • instructor permission recommended • suggested for 11th or 12th grade students
This advanced course is for students interested in putting together a 2D design portfolio for college applications and for the AP Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio Exam. We'll work together to create a portfolio that showcases your abilities and interests.
  
Fine Art Painting Courses
 
Design (200301/02)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: none
This is the preparatory class for students interested in painting as a fine art. This course emphasizes basic composition, color, and introduces painting techniques and materials. 
 
Painting 1 (200701/02)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: Design
The purpose of this course is to provide a balanced visual arts program, which guides students to achieve the standards in the visual arts. In Painting 1, students expand their knowledge of the visual arts through learning about historical foundations and aesthetic traditions of the arts and through studio experiences. The student will use a variety of media to explore concepts and techniques, from the academic and structured to the experimental and nontraditional. Career opportunities in the arts and arts-related fields will be explored.
 
Painting 2 (200703/04)
10 credits
G or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: Painting 2
This course is offered concurrently with Painting 1. The purpose of this course is to provide a balanced visual arts program, which guides students to achieve the standards in the visual arts. In Painting 2, students refine their ability to apply principles, theories, and techniques of painting to problems of conceptual and representational expression. Interpreting historical foundations, strengthening aesthetic valuing skills, and the development of serious personal content are stressed. The course helps the student to investigate and prepare for potential postsecondary educational and career opportunities.
 
AP Studio Art: 2D Design (200125/26)
10 credits
G or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: any visual arts course • instructor permission recommended • suggested for 11th or 12th grade students
This advanced course is for students interested in putting together a 2D design portfolio for college applications and for the AP Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio Exam. We'll work together to create a portfolio that showcases your abilities and interests.
  
Sculpture Courses
 
Sculpture 1 (200803/04)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: none
This introductory course promotes creative expression through three-dimensional form. Students explore sculpture through subtractive (carving), additive (modeling), and assemblage techniques in a variety of media such as wood, clay, plaster, plastics, metal, glass, glass fusion, wire, and found materials. Included is application of the elements and principles of design, a study of historical and contemporary art and artists from a worldwide perspective, and instruction and practice in the critique process.
 
Sculpture 2 (200805/06)
10 credits
G or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: Sculpture 1
This course is offered concurrently with Sculpture 1. This advanced course promotes creative expression through three-dimensional form. Students explore sculpture through subtractive (carving), additive (modeling), and assemblage techniques in a variety of media such as wood, clay, plaster, plastics, metal, glass, glass fusion, wire, and found materials. Included is application of the elements and principles of design, a study of historical and contemporary art and artists from a worldwide perspective, and instruction and practice in the critique process.
 
AP Studio Art: 3D Design (200127/28)
10 credits
G or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: any visual arts course • instructor permission recommended • suggested for 11th or 12th grade students
This advanced course is for students interested in putting together a 3D design portfolio for college applications and for the AP Studio Art 3D Design Portfolio Exam. We'll work together to create a portfolio that showcases your abilities and interests.
  
Video Production & Animation Courses
 
Video Production 1 DM (CTE Course # 292609/10)
10 credits
Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: English 9A
The major emphasis of this course is for students to learn various aspects of Videography and Visual Communication techniques, connecting to the knowledge and skills introduced in their core curriculum, particularly in English (ELA). This course prepares students to be cogent communicators in their project-based work, to gain an understanding of the technical skills associated with Videography - sound design, mixing, editing - to train on and use professional grade equipment and to enrich their analytical skills as they become more discerning and self-critical. Students focus on the fundamentals of visual communication as they view and discuss various types of media pieces from blockbuster films to Fox News reports to Youtube clips, performing comparative analysis on media projects from different cultures and times. The ultimate goal of the class is the optimal enrichment and empowerment of the student towards both their career and academic goals. Linked Learning and advanced Project-Based opportunities exist between this course and courses in ELA, Social Science and Science. The content of this course is aligned with the Arts, Media and Entertainment Standards and California high school academic core content area standards.
 
Video Production 2 RM (CTE Course # 292611/12)
10 credits
Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: English 10A
This course builds on its Level One precursor “Delivering The Message” to deepen and refine the skills, experience, understanding and vocabulary that were introduced in that curriculum while training students to take on supervisory roles on their media projects. Level One required students to build on theories familiar from core classes, particularly English 9A, and hone them through the creation of media projects. Level Two drills down within each of the topics introduced in Level One to provide more detail, technical information and contextual knowledge, helping students recognize the process of media creation as interdisciplinary and ongoing. The course supports academic state standards in Social Studies, Math and the Sciences and Common Core State Standards for secondary English Language Arts. At the same time, the sequence of lessons in “Refining The Message” is inspired by the project-based workflow students will engage in after school, regardless of their chosen career path. Students improve their analytical skills through a rigorous Linked Learning approach, drawing connections between literary concepts, styles and media itself, in order to create work that is current and relevant. As they plan, design, shoot, edit, distribute and exhibit their work, they learn about standards of professional performance and the protocols for success in a group-based environment. Students develop artistically and intellectually, as they face aesthetic and logistical challenges. They continue to develop the speaking, reading, writing and quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills they have learned during their core classes and that they will use throughout their careers.
 
Video Production 3 IM (CTE Course # 292613/14)
10 credits
Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: 5 credits of eleventh grade English
This course is offered during the fall semester only. This final course in the Fundamentals of Video Production series allows students to utilize skills learned in Levels One and Two, continuing their exploration of the written, visual, aural, and electronic skills of video production, deepening their experience by focusing on one particular discipline (producing, directing, editing, etc.). Students design an independent project, forming production teams within the class, and work outside of school to produce the project which they analyze, critique and rework in class. The class channels student-driven inquiry as students complete research projects within their disciplines. Students also research universities, training and advanced certification programs (e.g. Final Cut Pro, Avid, Photoshop, etc.) to help them progress through their career paths. Additionally, they acquire knowledge about the business side of the industry that helps them formulate marketing and exhibition plans for their own projects, which will be submitted to film festivals, contests and posted online. They develop the tools needed to pursue their careers – resumes, demo reels and portfolios. The final project for the class is a film festival of their work. Class structure allows for flexibility. Student crews design their own schedules for production to support pursuit of internships and job shadowing opportunities.
  
CAD Courses
 
Architectural Communications (ROP Course # 64-25-70)
5 credits
Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: Counselor permission
This competency-based course is one of the two designed for computer-aided design (CAD). It provides students with project-based experiences in architectural CAD. Technical instruction includes an orientation, workplace safety policies and procedures, trade mathematics, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on architectural terminology, design standards, and methods. Drawing construction with CAD focuses on architectural drafting based on conventional techniques that range from basic to intermediate and advanced levels. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards. 
 
Mechanical CAD (ROP Course # 64-25-80)
5 credits
Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: Architectural Communications
This competency-based course is one of two designed for computer-aided design (CAD). It provides students with project-based experiences in mechanical CAD. Technical instruction includes an introduction and reviews of workplace safety policies and procedures, resource management, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on mechanical terminology, design, and methods. Drawing construction with CAD focuses on mechanical drafting based on conventional techniques that range from basic to intermediate and advanced levels. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards. 
 
  
Other Visual Arts Courses
 
VAPA Introduction to Art (200105/06)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: none
This course is offered during the fall semester only. All ninth grade VAPA magnet students have the option to take this visual arts course as part of their foundation year. The purpose of this course is to provide a balanced visual arts program, which guides students to achieve the standards in the visual arts. Introduction to Art provides a foundation of visual arts knowledge and skills and their connections to other subjects, and explores the discipline in depth both intellectually and experientially. The course serves as a prerequisite for all advanced visual arts courses in high school.
 
Photography 1 (200503/04)
10 credits
F or Elective graduation requirement
Prerequisite: none

You will need to provide your own camera to take this course. In Photography 1, students learn how to communicate visual ideas using basic photographic techniques incorporating historical and contemporary traditions. Traditional photographic traditions may be extended with digital cameras and multimedia technologies, including the addition of text, and scanned images. Students learn about photography as an avocation, vocation, and its relationship to other careers.