• I would like to welcome all of you to the Wonderful World of Art! 
     

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     Classes taught:

    Studio Art

     

    Class Description (as found within the program of studies):

     

    1.0 Credit                              Gr. 11, 12

    This class provides an opportunity for the serious art student to expand their portfolio while exploring his/her own chosen media & projects.   Students must have two - three years of previous art experience, a familiarity with a variety of art media, and a high degree of confidence in at least one media.  Students should have a serious attitude about art. Students will maintain a sketch book/journal with weekly entries and thumbnail sketches for each project before beginning the final. Each student must create 4-6 original art pieces per marking period, and participate in written and spoken art critiques.

     

    Prerequisite/Fine Art: A “C” in Art Major I & II.             

    Prerequisite/Graphic Design: A “C” in CTP: Illustration/Graphic Design

     

    What will your child learn in this class?

    Your child has elected to try an in-depth study into what they would possibly like to major in or may just choose to experiment until they “discover” themselves. Individualized instruction will be given on a daily basis.

     

    What your kids should tell you but probably won’t:

    All students will have 4 projects due each marking period; 1 due every other week. The only out of class work these students may have would be preliminary sketches or their current project – if they need more time than what’s allotted in class. Each marking period students fill out a form that checks off the 4 projects they will want to try. Ideas may be changed if first discussed with the teacher. Project assignments, due dates & sample projects are posted up in their section of the room.

      

    Graphic Design & Illustration

     

    Class Description (as found within the program of studies):

     

    0.5 Credit                               Gr. 9, 10, 11, 12

    If you are creative, hardworking and love the computer, but can’t draw really well (if you can that’s even better), then this course is for you.  Students will learn the “tricks” behind making stuff that looks “cool”.  Students will spend approximately 90% of their time in our state of the art Computer Lab using the latest design software.  Students will also learn how to scan and take digital pictures to enhance their projects.  Students will acquire a thorough understanding of typography, design concepts, industry standards and a strong visual vocabulary.

     

    What will your child learn in this class?

    Typography . . . your children will cringe when they hear this word, but it’s really the basis for great graphic design. We will also cover layout, illustration, marketing, color theory and so much more. Students will work with programs such as Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5, and Adobe Indesign CS5.

     

    What your kids should tell you but probably won’t:

    Project assignments, due dates & sample projects are posted up in their section of the room. Most in-class projects will require a computer. Students that work slowly or are off-task may come in after school during scheduled help classes (usually 3-4 help classes/wk). Students may also come in during a study hall if their computer is available (help will be limited during this time). Poor grades may be changed to a higher score if students fix or redo their project. Poor, incomplete or missing work affects a student’s eligibility (sports). Students have until 1 week before the marking period ends to turn in missing or poorly done projects for a higher grade. Full credit is not given for late work. A conference between the student and teacher (sometimes parent/guardian) is required before any project 1 week or more overdue is submitted.

    CTP: Design & Illustration

     

    Class Description (as found within the program of studies):

     

    3.0 Credits Gr. 10, 11, 12

    This 3-credit course is for students who want to “major” in this Career & Technical Education program while in high school. The program will meet 2 to 3 hours per day for one, two or three years. Students will learn safety, hand drawing and illustration, color theory and application, digital imaging, design, layout and production, typography, digital photography and learn the latest software. The senior year may culminate in an internship or co-op placement where students can use the skills they have learned in a work setting.

     
    Art Major 1

     

    Class Description (as found within the program of studies):

     

    1.0 Credit                              Gr. 9, 10, 11, 12

    Art Major I is the foundation for further study in art, therefore it is the prerequisite to all other art major courses.  This course emphasizes the elements of art and the principles of design primarily through a series of 2-D work.  The first half of the year is devoted to improving drawing skills through black and white compositions - pencil, pen and ink, and charcoal are the mediums that will be used.  The second half of the year will focus on color theory using such mediums as acrylics, colored pencil, watercolor and the computer.  Projects include sculpture, still-life studies, layout, drawing, painting, and computer generated fine art.  Grades will be derived from weekly drawing assignments, exams, projects and discussions.

     

    Prerequisite: A “C” in Introduction to Art or 8th grade Art.

     

    What will your child learn in this class?

    This class focuses upon the fundamentals of art. We will not only  review all elements of art (line, shape/form, color/value, texture, space) and principles of design (balance, emphasis, harmony/unity, variety, movement/rhythm, proportion) that your children have already learned in years past, but base our projects around this core concept (using a multitude of mediums and techniques). Art History, Aesthetics & Criticism (good kind) are other very important elements in this course.

     

    What your kids should tell you but probably won’t:

    Due to this rigorous curriculum, students that are taking this class realize that Art Major 1 is for the serious art student that plans to take multiple years of art. Students will have weekly out of class projects that should be done in their sketchbooks. Projects not completed in a sketchbook will not be accepted. For every day a project is late the student’s score drops by 5 points (1/2 letter grade). If out of class assignments are more that 5 days late, students must submit two to get credit for one. The 2 projects are then averaged together to get the students final grade for the assignment. Project assignments, due dates & sample projects are posted up in their section of the room. Students that work slowly or are off-task may come in after school during scheduled help classes (usually 3-4 help classes/wk). Poor grades may be changed to a higher score if students fix or redo their project. Poor, incomplete or missing work affects a student’s eligibility (sports). Students have until 1 week before the marking period ends to turn in missing or poorly done projects for a higher grade. Students are also required to take notes during class; these notes will serve as the basis for their midterm project (which is outlined in their art workbooks). Students will have plenty of time to work on their midterm IN-CLASS. Students that do not take advantage of this time will surely do poorly on their midterm. Parents are encouraged to check on their progress on a regular basis.

    Art Major 2

     

    Class Description (as found within the program of studies):

     

    1.0 Credit                                                                  Gr. 10, 11, 12

    Art Major II further develops the elements and principles of design particularly in the areas of drawing and painting. Students will learn the fundamentals of sketching, contour, blind eye contour, gesture, painting and sculpture based around the human figure.

     

    Prerequisite:  A “C” in Art Major I.

     

    What will your child learn in this class?

    The human figure is one of the most challenging subjects to draw. Your children will be put to the test to succeed with self portraits, hand and foot studies, gesture drawing, blind contour studies, etc. throughout the school year.

     

    What your kids should tell you but probably won’t:

    Students will have several out of class projects that should be done in their sketchbooks. Project assignments, due dates & sample projects are posted up in their section of the room. Students that work slowly or are off-task may come in after school during scheduled help classes (usually 3-4 help classes/wk). Poor grades may be changed to a higher score if students fix or redo their project. Poor, incomplete or missing work affects a student’s eligibility (sports). Students have until 1 week before the marking period ends to turn in missing or poorly done projects for a higher grade. Full credit is not given for late work. A conference between the student and teacher (sometimes parent/guardian) is required before any project 1 week or more overdue is submitted.

     

    Student Art Opportunities

     

    1. National Art Honor Society (N.A.H.S.): (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. For students to achieve high standards, art programs must maintain a substantive focus by choosing art content that includes complex problem-solving and higher order thinking skills, and serious alignment of curricu­lum, instruction, assessment, and professional development that results in student learning.

     

    1. Senior Art Shows: (grade 12) Each upper level senior art student (fine arts, photography, ceramics, graphic design, or studio art/independent study) will need to sign up in Guidance to get “senior art show” as as class, in order to be part of the group senior art show in the spring. Students will meet with all members of the art department for quarterly portfolio reviews. Seniors will be asked to keep a working portfolio of 8-15 pieces at Octorara High School throughout the school year. Portfolios will not only be reviewed by presenters from visiting art schools, but students pursuing art will have a chance at scholarship opportunities through the scholastic art competition in December.

     

    1. Art School Visitions: Some of our visiting schools have been: Millersville, Kutztown, PCAD, DCCC, Moore, Tyler/Temple, UArts, Marywood, Antonelli, The Art Institute, Cecil, Delaware College of Art & Design, Arcadia, Hussian, MICA, Lebanon Valley College, Drexel, Wilson, Lock Haven, Thaddeus Stevens, Rowan, Full Sail, Penn State, PA Academy of the Fine Arts, LaSalle, Keystone College, Harcum. This year’s schedule: T.B.A.

     

    http://www.allschools.com/                                   http://www.artschools.com/

    (search for specific interests: graphic design, fashion, fine arts, ceramics…)

     

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