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Visual Arts Courses
​Visual Arts Courses ​Visual Arts Faculty
 
The Grandview Visual Arts Department invites all Grandview students to make the visual arts a part of their High School experience. We offer a vari­ety of courses in traditional two dimensional, three dimensional, photographic, and digital media areas. Our courses are aimed at providing a solid foun­dation in technical, compositional, and expressive skills. Whether you are interested in pursuing visual art as a career, or merely as means of expanding your cultural horizons, we offer the finest instruction, facilities, and materials for your visual art experience.
DRAWING/PAINTING 1 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9-12
​Fee: $20 for materials
Drawing is the basic language of art. In Drawing/Painting 1 students will learn the skills and techniques used to depict the visual world. This course combines the best of both fine art and illustration foundations.
DRAWING/PAINTING 2 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Drawing/Painting 1
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9-12
​Fee: $25 for materials
Drawing/Painting 2 students will develop advanced drawing and paint­ing skills by working with more complexity in subject matter. Students will explore with different mediums and creative problem solving tech­niques. Taking a closer look at art history, students will learn traditional techniques along with contemporary trends and techniques.
DRAWING/PAINTING 3 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Drawing/Painting 2 (Painting and/or Illustration)
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 10-12
​Fee: $25 for materials
Studio Art is for serious advanced students needing studio time in which to refine style and media use. This course can be taken by students in their 3rd or 4th semester of drawing/painting and beyond. the emphasis is on the development of the student’s individual portfolio. Digital applications will be available. This course may be repeated for additional credit.
PHOTOGRAPHY 1 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 10-12
​Fee: $45 for materials
Photography 1 is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of photographic art. Students will learn the origins of photo technology, pro­duce a photogram, and use a “pinhole” camera before moving on to 35mm film cameras. In this class you will learn how to use single lens reflex  cameras, and shoot, process, and print your own black and white film. The concepts of creativitiy, composition, and proper technique will be empha­sized throughout the semester. Students will also get an introduction to the use of digital cameras.
PHOTOGRAPHY 2 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Photography 1
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 10-12
​Fee: $45 for materials
Photography 2 is an intermediate level course designed to expand the stu­dent’s knowledge of the materials, techniques and processes of tradition­al and digital photography. In Photo 2, students will expand knowledge about the use of a digital single lens reflex camera, a 35 mm single lens reflex camera, Adobe image-editing software, and experimental or advanced darkroom processes. Additionally, students will be expected to use the language of photography to explain, discuss and argue for or against historical and critical frameworks in photography. Projects will often encompass choices based on themes or genres to foster creative self-expression through the medium of the photographic image.
ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Photography 2 and consent of instructor.
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fee: $45 for materials
This is an advanced level photography course that is repeatable. Students will develop knowledge related to advanced concepts and processes of tra­ditional and digital photography in order to develop student creativity through this artistic medium. This course is structured to prepare stuents for a career in photographic or digital media arts, or a photography pro­gram in college. Students will have a chance to choose a track of study in digital photography and/or traditional black and white photography processes,techniques, materials and projects. The emphasis will be on developing a portfolio that demonstrates a wide breath of photography knowledge that will help students develop professional competencies. Additionally, students will be expected to acquire and use a high level of analysis and awareness about the language of photography. They will be expected to explain, discuss, and argue for or against historical and criti­cal frameworks in photography. They will incorporate tis knowledge into their own work, as they explore individual themes and genres in their own bodies of work.
POTTERY 1 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9-12
​Fee: $20 for materials
Students taking Pottery 1 will learn the basic skills and techniques fun­damental to producing three-dimensional work. Pinch, coil, and slab con­struction will be introduced as well as various methods of decoration, glazing, and firing. Throwing on the potter’s wheel will be introduced.
POTTERY 2 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Pottery 1
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9-12
​Fee: $20 for materials
Pottery 2 is an opportunity to further develop and refine the skills prac­ticed in Pottery and Sculpture 1. Emphasis will be on developing projects requiring greater complexity using hand-building techniques and throw­ing on the potter’s wheel.
POTTERY 3 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Pottery 2 and consent of instructor.
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 10-12
​Fee: $20 for materials
Pottery 3 is for highly focused and advanced students wanting in-depth exploration in this media. Students will have an opportunity to develop a personal style by pursuing individual interests as well as developing a per­sonal portfolio. This course should be taken by students in their 3rd semester of pottery and beyond. Projects will change each semester. This course may be repeated for additional credit, or taken as a year long course.
 
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