Class Information

Beginning Ceramics
This course is a one semester introductory class in basic clay handbuilding techniques. This class offers students an opportunity to make functional and aesthetically pleasing pottery while developing their own design abilities and skills. Students will learn the various methods of hand building with clay, including; modeling, pinching, slab construction and coil building. Students will also be introduced to glazing and other finishing techniques. Successfully passing this course allows students to enroll in Advanced Ceramics. There will be a $26.00 lab fee for this course which covers the cost of clay, glazes, and a personal set of ceramic tools for each student to use and keep.
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Advanced Ceramics
Advanced Ceramics is for students who want to further develop their skills and techniques in hand building, sculpture and initial wheel throwing.  Objectives are similar to Beginning Ceramics but craftsmanship, aesthetic and conceptual thinking are stressed at a higher degree of difficulty.  There will be a $25.00 lab fee for this course which will cover the cost of clay, glazes and firing processes. Additionally, this course may be repeated for continued growth and for credit. <Link to Class Syllabus>

Painting is a semester-long art course that goes in depth into building painting skills, using mediums such as watercolor, oil pastels, tempera and acrylic paint.  Students will build on skills acquired in Art Essentials and further their understanding of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. <Link to Class Syllabus>

AP Art and Design, Drawing
This is a college-level course for self-motivated students who want to concentrate on drawing and painting. The issues of mark-making, line, surface, space, light and shade, and composition are the focus of study. Students can work with any materials, processes and ideas. Students submit portfolios that contain images and brief writings to document their inquiry-guided investigation. Students are expected to develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution of ideas. College Board standards will be used to evaluate artwork, as well as class participation, and the development of critiquing artwork. In addition to earning high school credit, students can receive advanced standing or college credit by taking the AP exam administered in May and earning a qualifying score. <Link to Class Syllabus>

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