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Fine Art



Want to improve your artistic skills? This is a fun, basic art class that covers the fundamentals of drawing and basic design. You will explore a variety of art media including collage, watercolor and tempera paints, pastels, ink, and graphite, and learn basic drawing skills (including shading and perspective). This course is a great foundation class to start developing your own artistic style. We will also work on developing Aesthetic Perception – how to look at things from an artist’s perspective, and discuss art and history.
[Grade Level: 7th and 8th] [Duration: 1 Trimester] [Prerequisite: NONE]


Art 2 is an extension of the skills learned in Art 1where you can improve your basic skills and artistic style in drawing and painting. We will also be learning about acrylic paints, using scratchboard media, oil pastels, and linoleum block printing.
[Grade Level: 7th and 8th] [Duration: 1 Trimester] [Prerequisite: ART I]


This class is open to advanced students who wish to continue their studies of drawing, painting, and art history at a more challenging level. Projects will require the students to work at a more independent and mature level, and will culminate in a portfolio of work. Students are encouraged to enter a variety of contests and shows. NOTE: Course may be repeated with consent of instructor.
[Grade Level: 7th and 8th] [Duration: 1 Trimester] [Prerequisite: ART II, with S or better in Work Habits]


This class teaches students cartooning basics and how to create original characters, both human and animal. We will be using these characters to create comic strips, single-frame cartoons, and cartoon design for advertising. This class utilizes pencil, ink, and paint media and will emphasize both creativity and a finished product. We will also explore the history of cartoons, caricature, and animation.
[Grade Level: 7th and 8th] [Duration: 1 Trimester] [Prerequisite: NONE]


This class builds upon the basics from Cartooning 1, and students will work on developing characters and a dramatic storyline, and they will create and publish a comic book. This class will also focus on the art of animation, both in history and technique. Students will have the opportunity to work with a team to develop a short animated film utilizing animation software.
[Grade Level: 7th and 8th] [Duration: 1 Trimester] [Prerequisite: CARTOONING I]


This class explores the history of crafts in cultures throughout the world, including Panama, Haiti, Germany, Medieval Europe, China, and Japan. We will work with printmaking techniques, sculpture, metal foil, paper crafts, scratchboard, and a variety of additional crafts media.
[Grade Level: 7th and 8th] [Duration: 1 Trimester] [Prerequisite: NONE]


Graphic Art is everywhere – movie posters, book jackets, t-shirts, computer games, magazines, and comic books... find out how graphic artists design everything from product packaging to menus to CD covers. Learn about design fundamentals, page layout, typography, and project presentation.
[Grade Level: 7th and 8th] [Duration: 1 Trimester] [Prerequisite: NONE]