High School Visual Arts One Hour Electives

Visual Arts electives allow students to investigate a new medium. All one-hour electives are available both sessions.

2D Mixed Media
This mixed-media course explores the two-dimensional possibilities of working with collage. Course content examines the formal narrative and conceptual issues of the collage process and form. Students will investigate a wide variety of materials and approaches, both traditional and non-traditional, which may include drawing, painting, image transfers, collage, printed textiles, sewing and papermaking. Students will examine artists working within these media and are encouraged to create exploratory and conceptual art pieces and develop their personal voice.

Architectural Drawing
This course will address creative problem-solving for the challenges of drawing architectural elements. Learn strategies for simplifying complex environments using an understanding of perspective, structure and light in order to develop personal compositions with a compelling sense of space.

Art History
This course is for students who are both new to art history and those who have had previous classes. This course will include lecture, some student research in the library, and small class art projects inspired by movements such as cubist collage/construction, pointillist drawing/painting, and formalist photography. This class provides a great opportunity for students to expand their own artistic vocabularies. This is also a great preview for high school students considering an AP Art History course.

Artists' Books
This course is open to all students who have an interest in book arts or sequential imagery. Students will learn the history, form and physical construction of traditional and nontraditional book arts. This class is a cross-disciplinary experience that brings the images and the written word together into a visual form.

Ceramics
This elective is open to all students who have an interest in learning about clay as a medium. This class is an exploration of sculptural techniques and functional vessel making. Students work with a variety of hand-building techniques and are introduced to decorative surface techniques and a variety of firing processes. Emphasis is placed on the use of clay as an expressive material.

Digital Arts
This course explores the use of technology to allow students to explore their individualized concepts with greater sophistication of media, as they build on their knowledge of the programs and tools available. It incorporates software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and the use of equipment in the digital lab including tablets, digital cameras, photo printers and scanners to create two-dimensional, printed works. No previous experience is required but familiarity with Mac computers is recommended. Students must provide a portable storage device such as a thumb drive.

Drawing as Illustration
In this course students will explore storytelling through a variety of media: drawing, painting, collage and digital imaging. The conventions of illustration, comic-strips and picture-books will be reconsidered and expanded to function in the contemporary media landscape. Through a series of exercises, students will explore the possibilities of expression that arise when text and image are combined. Assignments will range from the illustration of given texts to self-initiated visual narrative work.

Digital Fabrication
Digital Fabrication introduces students to the principles of computer-aided design (CAD), and how these resources can support students’ creative process. Students will produce designs by utilizing a digital program. They will then create forms by cutting designs on the Visual Art Division’s new Torchmate CNC Router. Students will use a router and plasma cutter, allowing them to cut designs out of a variety of materials including, sheet metal, acrylic plastic, wood, foam, and vinyl. Along with gaining the knowledge of how to design in a CAD program, students will create finished art objects that integrate Torchmate cut forms with other art media.

Fibers: 3D Soft Construction
This course introduces materials and techniques traditionally associated with fibers in a fine art sculptural capacity. Techniques may include felting, papermaking, sewing, weaving, crocheting, and other traditional and non-traditional methods. Concept plays a large role in this course. Students will learn how to communicate their ideas by relating materials and process to their concept.

Jewelry Design
Introduces a variety of techniques used in the creation of jewelry and wearable metal art. Students will explore innovative approaches to traditional forms such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Metalsmithing
This class is designed to introduce students to metals as a means to explore a personal artistic voice. Students will explore materials such as copper and techniques such as soldering, press molding, and braising.

Printmaking
This course provides an overview of printmaking as an art form. Students will explore basic techniques for multiple image generation such as stamping, embossing, drypoint, stencil printing and monoprinting.

Sculpture
This course provides an introduction to working with three-dimensional media. Student will explore a variety of techniques such as casting, carving, modeling and construction while using a wide range of materials that may include wood, plaster, clay, wax and metal. Personal expression is encouraged while students learn about creative problem solving through traditional and contemporary ways of working three-dimensionally.

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