Visual Art

Art Department Mission Statement:


The Jacksonville High School Visual Arts Department provides an opportunity for lifelong learning and develops problem-solving techniques that will serve the students as they move forward in their academic endeavors and careers.

Course #

Description

Required or Elective

 Other Information


800

Introduction to Art

Elective


Prerequisite: Entry Level

Semester


Recommendation: None


Introduction to Art covers a variety of two and three dimensional art concepts, emphasizing technical elements along with the language of art. While students may come with prior art experience, this class is important to building a strong high school level foundation and is the prerequisite for Drawing, Painting, 2D Design, and 3D Design. The approximate materials cost for this class is $15-$20.

810

Drawing

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 800

Semester


Recommendation: A passing grade in 800 with a "C" or better average


Drawing is a course that covers a variety of more advanced 2-dimensional works, including the use of graphite, charcoal, pastels, ink, collage, and mixed media. The curriculum will develop a more advanced vocabulary, technical skills, and creative thought. Units will primarily focus on various methods of drawing, but will also include discussions, lectures and Power Points, reflection/critiques, and written assignments. All assignments will address a deeper understanding of the elements and principles of design. Approximate materials cost is $20.

812

Advanced Drawing

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 810

Semester


Recommendation: A passing grade in 810 with a "C" or better average


Advanced Drawing allows students to develop greater command of technical skills through various media and methods. The students will explore art history while developing an advanced vocabulary. They will pursue a thematic depth and complexity in their work, while developing a wider range of creative responses.

814

Painting

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 800

Semester


Recommendation: A passing grade in 800 with a "C" or better average


Painting students will develop their technical painting skills in watercolor, tempera, and acrylic. Students will explore a variety of traditional and non-traditional subject matter such as still life, landscape, portraits, including personal ideas, taste and styles. Students will continue to develop their compositional understanding by applying the Elements and Principles of Design to their sketches, drawings and final paintings. A variety of artists will be studied as students discover how they are relevant in art history and to the individual student's work.

816

Advanced Painting

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 814

Semester


Recommendation: A passing grade in 814 with a "C" or better average


Advanced Painting allows students to develop greater command of technical skills through acrylic and water color paints using various methods, students will also explore printmaking during this class. The students will explore art history while developing an advanced vocabulary. They will pursue a thematic depth and complexity in their work, while developing a wider range of creative responses. Additional training is offered for added experience in traditional and contemporary techniques in acrylic painting and watercolor. Students are required to supply their own acrylic and watercolor paint; these supplies will cost the student approximately $50-$60.

818

3D Design

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 800; Open to Sophomores through Seniors only

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 800 with a "C" or better average


3D Design (formerly known as Sculpture) will explore a variety of art process, concepts and techniques. Students will master the basics of composition and quality craftsmanship. Some of the media we will explore include paper, papier mache', reed, wire, clay, assorted found objects, wood, fabrics and other mixed media. As will any art course, we will study the work of master artist and sources of cultural understanding and inspiration. Sculpture is a course which blends academic and technical understanding with creative development.

824

2D Design

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 800

Semester


Recommendation: A passing grade in 800 with a "C" or better average


2D Design is a course in which students will develop their ability to visually communicate ideas through a variety of graphic media. Students will learn the basics of graphic design in preparation of original work combining typography, page layout, and integrated graphic elements. The curriculum focuses on the elements and principles of design; mechanical design methods; printmaking; finishing of graphic products; and the historical and cultural development of graphic design. This is not a computer-based course. Approximate materials cost is $20-$30.

830

Introduction to Crafts

Elective

$15 Course Fee


Prerequisite: Entry Level

Semester


Recommendation: None


This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of ceramics and weaving as well as gain an understanding of the historical significance of working with clay and fibers. Students will learn and use proper terminology while creating projects based on the following concepts: differences among clay bodies, the role of firing in the ceramic process, properties of glazes, surface decoration, production using both traditional and contemporary hand building and wheel throwing techniques, understanding of the correlation between past and present ceramics, the use of weaving in textiles and using different fibers. Depending upon the materials selected by the students, costs may range from $8-$20 for weaving. There will also be a $15 fee for pottery.

832

Pottery

Elective

$10 Course Fee


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 830

Semester


Recommendation: A passing grade in 830 with a "C" or better average


This course is designed as an advanced ceramics class. Students will further their understanding of the historical significance of working with clay. Students will learn and use proper terminology while creating projects based on the following concepts: differences among clay bodies, the role of firing in the ceramic process, properties of glazes, surface decoration, and production using both traditional and contemporary hand building and wheel throwing techniques, understanding of the correlation between past and present ceramics. Students will also learn advanced techniques and skills in working with clay. Pottery class has a lab fee that covers the cost of clay and glazes for the class.

840

Photography

Elective


Prerequisite: Entry Level; Open to Juniors and Seniors only

Year


Recommendation: None


The primary goal of this course is to investigate the use of photography as a method for artistic self-expression. Students will learn the fundamentals of black and white processing, therefore this class will start out as being particularly technically oriented, however along the way, we will investigate the proper techniques in photography. This course introduces the basic manner in which a camera and film operate. There is a $50 lab fee for this class; this will cover the basic supplies that the students will need. If a student requires additional supplies, then he/she can expect a cost of $70-80 total for the semester. Students will provide their own 35mm camera. A manual, single-lens reflex camera is recommended, but a good quality point-and-shoot-type is acceptable. This class requires more time outside of class to complete the assignments than other JHS Art classes.

848

AP Art History

Elective

AP Credit


Prerequisite: Enrolled in eleventh or twelfth grade

Year


Recommendation: None


The Advanced Placement Art History course surveys art from various cultures spanning the Paleolithic Era to contemporary works. Through visual analysis and an understanding of historical context, students will study works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and those of other art forms. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the same experience and material of an introductory college-level course with the expectation that students will complete the A.P. exam.

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