Fine Arts

The Fine Art Department accepts as its mission the responsibility to provide students the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary as positive learning experiences in the visual and performing arts.  We will teach and evaluate students on eight corresponding essential learning outcomes for each arts class.  We will encourage creativity, intellectual curiosity, and creative thinking.  We will motivate students to voluntarily take an active interest in developing and maintaining a personal appreciation of all art forms.

JUNIOR HIGH STUDIO ART

In this course students will explore the basic fundamentals of visual art and design.  Line, color, value, shape, space, form and texture will be taught in a sequential manner as well as drawing techniques, color theory, composition and 3-D sculpture.  Students will study important artists related to each element and learn about periods in art history including the Renaissance with emphasis on religious art.  Successful completion of this course will allow students to be placed in Advanced Art.  This course does not meet the high school art requirement. Class meets during 8th period.
PREREQUISITE: 7th or 8th grade.
CREDITS: 10

STUDIO ART

Students in this course explore the fundamentals of pictorial design and composition, and how art is used as a means of personal expression. Using various mediums, students learn textures, rendering forms, shading, one and two-point perspective, and portraiture. Painting principles are introduced; students develop a color wheel, color scales, and compositions that illustrate atmospheric perspective and the effects of complementary colors and color chords. In addition to drawing and painting, students create images using the linocut printmaking process. Important artists from the past and present are introduced as examples of excellence, and students are encouraged, through specific assignments, to develop their own artistic vocabulary to facilitate an effective visual communication. This course fulfills part of the California State University requirement.
PREREQUISITE: NONE.
CREDITS: 10

ADVANCED ART AND DESIGN

Students in this course have demonstrated proficiency in the use of several mediums and desire a more challenging environment in which to grow creatively. Students compose works in series, interpret thematic content presented by the instructor, and apply their understanding of design principles. Projects in this course are more complex and long-term than in the Studio Art course, as the student formulates a personalized visual language with which to communicate artistically. Portfolio review and approval of the instructor are necessary before enrollment. This course fulfills the UC and California State University fine arts requirement.
PREREQUISITE: approval of instructor.
CREDITS: 10

FILM STUDIES

Students in this course study film as both an art and a means of communication.  They are taught to “read” a film, analyzing it narrative structure, genre conventions, subtext, technical and artistic factors and purpose.  The emphasis is on the various techniques used by filmmakers to convey meaning.  This course also introduces traditions of film making, as well as the history of cinema.  In addition, students examine how films often reflect the times and conditions in which they are made, and conversely, how motion pictures sometimes help shape attitudes and values in society.  Along with film analysis the students create short film related projects. This course fulfills part of the California State University requirement.
PREREQUISITE: NONE.
CREDITS: 10