Foundations Art Courses

Foundations in Two-Dimensional Design

Foundations in Two-Dimensional Design is a course for beginning students interested in drawing, painting, and other 2D works of art. The class will use media, such as graphite, colored pencils, and paint. The class objective is to provide the fundamental “tools” necessary to draw and paint with confidence and to develop within the student the ability to see the world the way artists see. Students who plan on taking more advanced art courses should try to take this course as early as their schedule allows.  Sketchbooks will be required.

  • Course Number: 850      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $40

Additional: None

Foundations in Three-Dimensional Design

Foundations in Three-Dimensional Design is a course for beginning students who are interested in ceramics, sculpture, and metalworking.  Students will learn to work with clay, plaster, metal, and various other materials.  Students will also learn to plan out work, develop their personal voice, design elements, color theory, and art history.  Students who plan on having a career in art should plan on taking this course their freshman year.  Sketchbooks will be required.

  • Course Number: 852      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5
  • Grade: 9-12
  • Fees: $40

Additional: None

Foundations in Computer Graphics

Foundations in Computer Graphics is a course for students who want to learn how to draw, paint, and digitally manipulate images using various computer graphics programs. Working with the principles of design, students will learn how to use new tools and techniques with each lesson. Students will learn how to create original works of art from scratch, as well as the skills necessary to manipulate/modify photos, or even images of their own, traditional pieces of art. Students who plan on taking more advanced art courses should try to take this course as early as their schedule allows.

  • Course Number: 854      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $25

Additional: None

Foundations in Photography

This course is designed to offer a solid foundation in the photographic processes. The course focuses on basic camera operations, composition techniques, photo editing with professional level applications such as Photoshop or Lightroom, and an introduction to chemical processing in the darkroom. Students are encouraged to develop personal artistic expression through photography.

Students are expected to complete work outside of class. A digital camera is required (images captured on mobile devices welcome). 35mm film cameras are available for student use, however students are encouraged to use their own cameras.

  • Course Number: 814      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $25 at PHSN; $20 at PHSC

Additional: None

Intermediate Art Courses

Intermediate Drawing Exploration

This course is designed to develop drawing skills introduced in Foundations in Two-Dimensional Design. The course will explore 2D art to a more demanding degree, stressing observational techniques, principles of design, and multimedia applications. Students will be encouraged to start developing their own artistic style through research, reflection, and class critiques. Students interested in a career in art are encouraged to take this class early on in their high school course work to learn skills necessary in many other art classes. A sketchbook is required.

  • Course Number: 864      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $40

Additional: Credit in 2-D Foundations required; course is a prerequisite for Advanced Studio Art

 

Intermediate Painting Exploration

This course is designed to develop painting skills introduced in Foundations in Two-Dimensional Design. The course will explore 2D art to a more demanding degree, stressing use of color, principles of design, and various painting media. Students will be encouraged to start developing their own artistic style through research, reflection, and class critiques. Students interested in a career in art are encouraged to take this class early on in their high school course work to learn skills necessary in many other art classes. A sketchbook is required.

  • Course Number: 868      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $40

Additional: Credit in 2-D Foundations required; course is a prerequisite for Advanced Studio Art

Intermediate Ceramics

This course is designed to further develop ceramic hand-building techniques and wheel technics, introduced in Foundations in Three-Dimensional Design. Students will continue to examine various glazing and firing techniques. The importance of good design, critical thinking, and problem solving will be stressed. Students will be encouraged to start developing their own artistic style through research, reflection, and class critiques. A sketchbook is required.

  • Course Number: 872      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $40

Additional: Credit in 3-D Foundations required; course is a prerequisite for Advanced Studio Art

Intermediate Sculpture

In this course, students will further develop metals, sculpture, and mixed 3D media skills introduced in Foundations in Three-Dimensional Design. Additionally, students can explore alternative mediums. Throughout, students will be encouraged to develop new approaches to their work. The importance of good design, critical thinking, and problem solving will be stressed. Students will be encouraged to start developing their own artistic style through research, reflection, and class critiques. A sketchbook is required.

  • Course Number: 874      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $40
Intermediate Computer Graphics

This course is designed to develop artistic skills introduced in Foundations in Computer Graphics. Students will work with a number of graphics programs which utilize raster, vector, and potentially 3D graphics. Projects will strongly emphasize the principles of design, and may include a blend of photo manipulation, artistic expression, and commercial/graphic design applications. Students will be encouraged to start developing their own artistic style through research, reflection, and class critiques.

  • Course Number: 851      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: Credit in Foundations in Computer Graphics required; course is a prerequisite for Advanced Studio Art

Intermediate Photography - Film

This is an intermediate level course focused on controlling light by mastering exposure and depth of field using single lens reflex (SLR) film cameras and digital photography.   Students will develop film and use their negatives to print photos in the school’s darkroom. Students will also explore hybrid photography by scanning and enhancing their negatives in professional level applications such as Photoshop or Lightroom.

Finally, students will continue building their digital skills in digital photography and editing with professional level applications such as Photoshop or Lightroom. Students are expected to complete work outside of class. A digital camera is required (images captured on mobile devices welcome on several assignments). Both film and digital cameras are available for student use, however students are encouraged to use their own cameras.

  • Course Number: 847A   
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $25 at PHSN; $20 at PHSC

Additional: Credit in Foundations in Photography required

 

Intermediate Photography - Digital

In this class, students will gain a better understanding using a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) or mirrorless camera as well as composition, lighting, and digital manipulation techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Students are encouraged to provide their own digital camera for this course. Using mobile technology for image capture is acceptable for some assignments.  Cameras will be available for student use.  Students are expected to complete work outside of class and are encouraged to enter regional and state art competitions.

  • Course Number: 847B   
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: Credit in Foundations in Photography (B average recommended); students encouraged to also take Intermediate Photography – Film

Central Only: Students will attend and shoot school events) and produce pages for Central’s yearbook.

Advanced Art Courses

Advanced Studio Art

Students will be able to work in the 2D – 3D media of their choice, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, metals or computer graphics. Students will spend the year developing individual portfolios to submit for college consideration and scholarship competitions. Students will be guided through the individual preparation of their portfolios based on prior experience, artistic strengths, and career plans with the help of the instructor.

The creation and presentation of portfolios, including the creation of a digital record of work, will be emphasized. Students requesting this course will have demonstrated high motivation, interest, and the ability to work independently during previous art courses. A sketchbook is required.  This class may be taken for 879AP: AP (Advanced Placement) credit with permission from the instructor.

  • Course Number: 871      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 11-12                       
  • Fees: $80
Advanced Photography

This is the final class in the Photography curriculum and is focused on digital photography.   This class is aimed at preparing, but not limited to, students for the Professional Photographer Association’s Certified Professional Photographer accreditation. Students will apply the exposure and depth of field skills learned in Intermediate Photography to the digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera.  Students will study composition, portraiture, and advanced lighting and editing techniques. Upon completion of Advanced Photography, students are encouraged to submit a portfolio and complete the Certified Professional Photographer examination.  Student must provide their own DSLR or mirrorless camera. Use of mobile devices for image capture is prohibited.

  • Course Number: 848      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 11-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: Credit in an Intermediate Photography course (B average recommended)

Central Only: Students will complete photojournalism assignments (attend and shoot school events) and produce pages for Central’s yearbook.

Advanced Placement Art

AP Art is designed for serious-minded art students that are intending to pursue art study in college.

The course will focus on the development of a significant and robust portfolio of pieces suitable for collegiate application. AP Art offers the student the opportunity to pursue portfolio development in the following areas of assessment by the College Board: AP Studio Art: 2D, AP Studio Art: 3D, AP Studio Art: Drawing

  • Course Number: 879AP 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 11-12                       
  • Fees: $80

Additional: students eligible for free/reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers