ART

  • All classes in the Art Department count toward the Visual, Performing and Applied Arts requirement for graduation.

    Abstracted Sculpture 
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1030-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    This course introduces students to conceptual design. Emphasis will be placed on creating artworks that explore the elements and principles of design. 

    Advanced Art for Portfolio Preparation
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1031-1
    Prerequisite: Review of Portfolio
    This art course is designed for students who would like to take a serious-minded approach to further develop their portfolio in preparation for an advanced placement (AP) art course. 

    Basic Design
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1000-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will study the elements of art and principles of design by exploring a variety of 2-D and 3-D media and techniques. Emphasis is on color theory, composition, self-expression, art appreciation, and sketch book development.

    Cartoon/Comic Drawing
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1033-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    Site: Loy Norrix High School
    Students will be introduced to drawing of characters, development of stories, illustration, and writing for the cartoon/graphic novel genre. Emphasis will be placed on the elements and principles of design and how these relate to print media. Artworks will be featured in the LNHS Knightlife newspaper and various other publications.

    Ceramics as Sculpture
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1035-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    Students will explore the rich traditions of ceramics in its sculptural form. A variety of hand-building techniques, as well as the potter’s wheel, will be used to make both representational and abstract sculpture that incorporate the principles and elements of design.

    Drawing Studio
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1037-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    This course focuses on the drawing experience as a vehicle for art-making, as a process, and to convey ideas. Different types of image-making processes are studied, along with their potentials for meaning. Students learn to invent from observation and imagination, and to assemble disparate information in various types of space. 

    Figure Drawing
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1054-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    This course is designed for students highly interested in drawing and studying the human form. The fundamentals of portraiture, figure drawing, and artistic styles will be explored. Students will create and maintain a portfolio.

    Functional Ceramics
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1051-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    This course concentrates on ceramic objects used in daily life – dinnerware, decorative, and ceremonial objects. Both hand-building techniques and wheel throwing will be used. A variety of glazing and decorative processes are presented.

    Graphic Design
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1043-1
    Prerequisite: None
    Site: Loy Norrix High School
    Students will explore computer-generated art as applied to the elements and principles of design. Students will be exposed to Adobe Photoshop and apply the techniques to works that use the fourth dimension.

    Jewelry Design (Beginning)
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1046-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    Students will design and create original pieces of jewelry. Basic designing skills will be taught from a historic, contemporary, and multicultural point of view. Students will be introduced to a variety of jewelry making materials, tools, and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the basic skills of design and craftsmanship as well as advanced techniques and creative expression.

    Jewelry Design (Advanced) 
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1056-1
    Prerequisite: Jewelry Design (Beginning)
    Students will explore advanced jewelry techniques to include, but not limited to, metal fabrication, PMC silver clay, torch work, and beading.

    Mixed Media
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1057-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    This introductory course includes topics such as fibers, printmaking, collage, and the use of a variety of media including found objects to create unique, provocative solutions to design problems. Emphasis is on exploration and discovering new ways of creating, seeing, and transforming.

    Object Drawing
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1052-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    This course focuses on drawing as a vehicle for thinking, seeing, and communicating. Work includes drawing from direct observation. Students will learn to analyze drawings and improve compositional skills, drawing techniques, and methods. The properties of line, value, texture, shape, and space are dealt with as elemental to the drawing process. An ability to render and draw expressively, in a variety of materials, is stressed.

    Painting
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1058-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    Students will be introduced to a variety of traditional and unique painting techniques, surfaces, and technologies. The elements and principles of design, color theory, and problem-solving skills will be emphasized.

    Photography: Digital Imaging I 
    1 Trimester - .5 Credit
    Course #: 1062-2
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    Site: Kalamazoo Central High School
    Note: May be taken for 1, 2, or 3 trimesters
    Students will acquire skills in both the visual and technical aspects of digital imaging. The visual skills include idea development, composition, lighting, and communication. The technical skills include practical and theoretical knowledge of electronic devices, digital-based imaging equipment and software (Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom). This class covers different kinds of photography including photojournalism, studio and commercial photography, landscapes, night photography, photo restoration, and photography as art. Students may take this course over multiple school years.

    Photography: Digital Imaging II
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit (per trimester)
    Course #: 1063-456
    Prerequisites: Photography I 
    Site: Kalamazoo Central High School
    Note: May be taken for 1, 2, or 3 trimesters
    This course expands the teaching of 35mm black and white photography and darkroom techniques.  Advanced black and white darkroom procedures, matting and display of photographs, alternative processes, toning prints, hand coloring photographs, and digital imagery are topics covered in the course assignments and curriculum. Critical discussion about concept and process are a regular part of each assignment and essential components of the art, craft, and professionalism in the career training and development of students. Careers, post-secondary training, and the history of photography are a part of this class as well. Project-based learning follows a natural progression throughout the year.

    Product Design
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1064-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    Site: Loy Norrix High School
    This course is an in-depth study of how to draw three-dimensional forms and the technical drawing of products. There will be a focus on drawing from observation. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of product design.

    Representational Sculpture
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1059-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    This course introduces students to creating three-dimensional artworks based on observation. Areas that are emphasized, but not limited to, are sub-active and assemblage.

    Watercolor
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1061-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    Students will be introduced to a variety of materials, tools, and techniques used in water-based media. The elements and principles of design, color theory, as well as problem-solving skills will be emphasized.

    Yarn: Weave, Knit, and Sew
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 1041-1
    Prerequisite: Basic Design
    Site: Loy Norrix High School
    Students are introduced to the manipulation of yarn (fiber), both off and on the loom. The elements and principles of design will be emphasized. There will be extensive use of color theory. Artworks will be produced that are both decorative and wearable.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ART CLASSES

    Due to the rigor of AP courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete a summer assignment as suggested by the AP teacher. Content from summer assignments will be included on an assessment during the first trimester. A packet with detailed course information is available in the principal’s office. AP courses are intended for students in grades 10-12.

    [W] = Weighted Grade Value 

    [C] = College Credit Available - Students can earn college credit by taking AP courses and passing the AP Exam.

     

    [AP] [W] [C] AP Art History
    3 Trimesters - 1.5 Credits
    Course #: 1091-789
    Prerequisite: None
    Site: Loy Norrix High School
    This course emphasizes understanding works of art within their historical context by examining issues such as politics, religion, patronage, gender, function, and ethnicity. Content covers ancient through present day art and beyond European artistic traditions.

    [AP] [W] [C] AP Studio Art Portfolio
    3 Trimesters - 1.5 Credits
    Course #: 1092-789
    Prerequisite: Review of Portfolio
    This course is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art at the post-secondary level. Students will be expected to work in/out of the classroom on the production of a drawing, and two- or three-dimensional portfolio which is presented in the spring to the College Board Review Committee for evaluation. Portfolios are evaluated on quality of work, concentration of study, and the breadth of work.