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Art Spectrum     (0572)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • None
  • $45 material donation is requested
  • Graduation requirement: Fine Art
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘F’ (Visual and Performing Arts)

Art Spectrum is an exciting gateway class for the art AND technology courses. Art Spectrum touches on drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital expression. Students will engage in a variety of materials based on the elements of art and principles of design.

Art Spectrum covers a variety of two and three dimensional art experiences, emphasizing technical and expressive skills, as well as the language of art. While students may come with prior art experience, this class is important to building a strong high school level foundation. Units primarily focus on art making, but also include discussions, reflections and critiques, written assignments, and introductions to important artists and works of historical significance. Central to the curriculum is an in-depth exploration of the elements of art and principles of design; fundamental concepts used to understand the visual arts. The class addresses the state Visual Arts Framework Content Strands: artistic perception, creative expression, historical, cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connections to other areas of life.

Course Objectives

  1. To gain familiarity with art materials, concepts, and vocabulary
  2. To become competent in basic drawing, painting, design and sculpture techniques
  3. To explore different ideas, styles, and media as a means to foster creative thinking & personal expression
  4. To learn about the relationship between art and culture throughout time
  5. To learn to perceive and talk about art and design, using the language art
  6. To develop good studio habits, including respect for studio, materials, self, and others

Project Examples

  1. Design, using a variety of media
  2. Shading and drawing from life
  3. Painting, including work in design, abstraction and mixed media
  4. Sculptural media, including ceramics, paper mache', environmental installation, and wire.

 

Art II     (0552)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • Current art teacher approval
    • ‘C’ or higher in Art I
    • Department approval
      • Students must submit a portfolio for review by the Art II teacher.
  • Graduation requirement: Fine Arts
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘F’ (Visual and Performing Arts)

Art II continues the study of art on a more advanced level, with a greater emphasis on skill acquisition, self- expression, development of “student voice”, and problem solving. Written tests, art history, outside writing, and weekly sketches outside of class are required. Working from observation is stressed more in Art II and you will pursue continued studies in printmaking, drawing (including perspective), painting (acrylic and watercolor), pastel, graphic design, charcoal, and colored pencil. A sketchbook is required and it includes one hour of homework a week. A gallery review is required once per quarter.
 
Portfolio development will be supported through quarterly one-on-one consultations and class critiques. Sketchbooks continue to be an essential part of documenting personal and artistic growth, and museum visits and reports offer important exposure to art trends and concepts. Participation in digital documentation of art work is required to prepare for college or personal portfolios. Students have the opportunity to curate and exhibit their body of work.

Art III     (0556)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 11, 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • Current art teacher approval
    • ‘C’ or higher in Art II
    • Department approval
      • Students must submit a portfolio for review by the Art III teacher.
  • Graduation requirement: Fine Art
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘F’ (Visual and Performing Arts)

Art III continues where Art II ends. The emphasis of the program is preparation for an advanced placement portfolio. While the curriculum offers more freedom to explore individual interests, the focus is on working from observation. Specifically integrated are the elements of art and the principles of design. A sketchbook and/or altered book is required with visits to museums,
galleries, or art lectures as part of student study. Art history is used as a means of understanding styles, techniques, and major artists and their importance in the world.

1st Semester: Continued figure drawing, working from observation, still life, drawing on site, and composition throughout the semester are key. Charcoal, cut paper, ink, embossing, and paint are just a few of the mediums used.
2nd Semester: Emphasis is on graphics and acrylic painting, and working to develop “student voice”.

 

AP Studio Art & Drawing
Drawing    (0569)
2-Design    (0560)
3-Design    (0561)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • Current art teacher approval
    • ‘B’ or higher in Art III
    • Breadth portfolio submission
  • Graduation requirement: Fine Arts
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘F’ (Visual and Performing Arts)

Advanced Placement Art is a college level course in the visual arts. Students who successfully complete the requirements can request credit from the college or university they will attend.  Credit may be awarded once the AP Portfolio has been submitted and reviewed by the AP College Board. Portfolios are the top priority with 24-28 pieces completed by the submission date in May of each year. Emphasis is placed on direct observation, application of elements and principles, and the development of a body of work called “concentration,” that is based on student choice. Commitment to 10 hours of work per week is understood. Mandatory summer assignments are due the first day of class in order to remain in the program.

 

Early College: Art 401/405 (0554)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • C- or higher in Art Spectrum
    • Current Art Spectrum teacher approval
  • Graduation requirement: Fine Arts
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘F’ (Visual and
  • Performing Arts)

Part of College of San Mateo's Early Start program, Art 401 is an introduction to sculpture. In the class, students learn to create a human figure from clay. A second work involves media such as stone, bronze, metal, or glass. The third work will be conceptual in
nature. This is an introductory course; no previous experience is needed.
The second part of this year long sequence, Art 405 continues and refines the sculpture themes and techniques that were introduced in Art 401. The media is open and may include glass, stone, metal, wood, bronze, and/or non-traditional materials. The themes range from representational interpretation of the human form to purely abstract or conceptual works. The knowledge and skills acquired from Art 401 are built upon.
Upon completion of each semester, students will receive an extra bump in their weighted GPA, as this is a college level course. Grades will also be reflected on the College of San Mateo transcript.

 

Animation I     (0642)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • C- or better in Art Spectrum
    • Current or former art teacher approval
  • Graduation requirement: Fine Art
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement ‘F’ (Visual and Performing Arts)

Using Adobe Flash CS5 students will experience a comprehensive yet concise introduction to Adobe Flash Professional CS5. The student will learn the art of creating exceptional interactive experiences, animations, and applications that run on the web, and on the desktop. The student will learn how to use special effects, draw objects, incorporate sound and video, and be introduced to ActionScript 3.0. Also, the student will learn to appreciate the history of Animation. Finally, students will be familiarized with copyright laws.

 

Web Design     (0647)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 11, 12
  • Prerequisites:
  • Art Spectrum Teacher Approval Required
  • Graduation requirement: Fine Art
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: None

This course introduces students to basic web design using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). The course does not require any prior knowledge of HTML or web design. Throughout the course students are introduced to planning and designing effective web pages; implementing web pages by writing HTML and CSS code; enhancing web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, images, and multimedia; and producing a functional, multi-page website.

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