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     Visual Art (1 Unit)
     
    Entrance into any of the visual art classes involves bringing a portfolio of current work (3-5 recent pieces, photos of sculptural work) on the audition date.  An interview with the visual art teachers will accompany a review of the student work.  Students already in the visual art program at SAA do not need to audition.  Specific course possibilities are listed below.
     
     
     

    3-D Design 1 - 8                                    (1 unit each)

    Prerequisites:  Entry into the 3-D Design programs requires Art 1 AND audition.  Continuation in the program requires previous level course with grade B or higher.  Level placement will be determined by audition and previous coursework.  Recommended for grades 9-12. 

     

    Level 1 will establish the physical and tactile aspect of the three dimensional form and space.  A variety of sculptural materials and techniques that involve planar relationships, mass, volume, and scale will be explored.  Levels 2 and above will develop a deeper study of the fundamentals of three-dimensional design.  A variety of media, techniques and concepts will be explored in order to emphasize more advanced principles and ideas.  Projects will be individualized and of greater scope.  Honors credit is available for levels 3 and above. 

     

    To receive honors credit students are required to complete an honors contract. Honors credit courses require students to complete an advanced curriculum with rigorous coursework that increases the level of student performance in the arts area.

     

    There is a $10.00 fee for this course.

     

    Drawing and Painting 1 - 8                   (1 unit each)

    Entry into the Drawing and Painting programs requires Art 1 AND audition.  Continuation in the program requires previous course with grade B or higher.  Level placement will be determined by audition and previous coursework.  Recommended for grades 9-12. 

     

    Level 1 will introduce the tools necessary for strong compositional structure.  Line, space, and value will integrate areas that involve drawing concepts.  Spatial relationships will be explored in painting through proportion, placement, and perspective and will be executed from direct observation.  Levels 2 and above will build on observational and technical skills while increasing complexity and difficulty of subject matter.  Students will continue to work on gesture, proportion, value, line, and composition with the addition of color, space, abstraction, and time.  Color theory, interaction, expressiveness, and design will be considered and emphasized during the creative process.  Honors credit is available for levels 3 and above.

     

    To receive honors credit students are required to complete an honors contract. Honors credit courses require students to complete an advanced curriculum with rigorous coursework that increases the level of student performance in the arts area.

     

    There is a $10.00 fee for this course.

     

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art Classes

     

    The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year.  AP Studio Art sets a national standard for performance in the visual arts that contributes to the significant role the arts play in academic environments.  Each year the thousands of portfolios that are submitted in AP Studio Art are reviewed by college, university, and secondary school art instructors using rigorous standards.  This College Board program provides the only national standard for performance in the visual arts that allows students to earn college credit and/or advanced placement while still in high school.  The AP Program is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to secondary school students. 

     

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art – 2D Design            

        (2 units - 1 unit AP weight, 1 unit honors weight)

    Prerequisites:  Grades 11-12 by teacher approval only.

    Southwood Campus Only

     

    The 2D Design portfolio is intended to address design issues, which involves purposeful decision making about how the elements and principles of art are in an integrative way. The principles and elements help guide artists in making decisions about how to organize an image, in order to communicate content. In this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate an understanding of 2D design through any two dimensional medium or process, including but not limited, to graphic design, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design / illustration, painting, printmaking.

     

    There is a $10.00 fee for this course.

     

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art – 3D Design            

        (2 units - 1 unit AP weight, 1 unit honors weight)

    Prerequisites:  Grades 11-12 by teacher approval only.

    Southwood Campus Only

     

    The 3D Design portfolio is intended to address sculptural issues which involves purposeful decision making about using the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of these design principles as they relate to depth and space, volume and surface through any three dimensional approach including, but not limited to, figurative/nonfigurative sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, glass work, installation, performance, assemblage, and 3D fabric/fiber arts.

     

    There is a $10.00 fee for this course.

     

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art – Drawing               

        (2 units - 1 unit AP weight, 1 unit honors weight)

    Prerequisites:  Grades 11-12 by teacher approval only.

    Southwood Campus Only

     

    The Drawing portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth, and mark-making issues can be addressed through a variety of means, which can include painting, printmaking, mixed media, etc. Abstract, observational, and invented works may demonstrate competence and mastery. The range, arrangement, and materials used to make those marks are endless.