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Art

BPHS Art Classes

The program of elective art at the high school level is a collection of offerings for those interested in art  and those pursuing art related careers.

The art electives provide experiences in developing perception, leadership skills, appreciation for the work of others, awareness of historical cultures and contemporary visual culture, and developing artistic skills.

Students who wish to specialize in Art are encouraged to enroll in as many art courses offered before graduation and to save all their work in order to develop a portfolio. This will give evidence of growth as well as establishing eligibility for admission to college or an art-related occupation.

The following courses are all studio art courses requiring “hands-on” work and creative thinking.



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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Art I

650

3

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

1

Art I: This survey course covers a variety of art applications using the fundamentals of design as catalysts for creative expression. Experiences in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media will be covered. Trying new ideas, developing skills in creative thinking and appreciation of art, historically and culturally, are emphasized.


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Art II

651

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1

Art II: In this second level survey course, students will do in-depth studies focused on developing sophisticated skills in drawing, painting, and printmaking, special effects, and 3-D work. Creative applications of media and developing a personal style of self-expression are emphasized, including airbrush and FX-techniques. Portfolio and sketchbook development is required.  Prerequisite: Art I


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Sculpture I

660

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Sculpture 1: This course concentrates on the identification and use of three dimensional materials, terminology and aesthetic concepts to create personally engaging thematic works of art.  Students examine different forms of sculpture with an active engagement in the study and interpretation of historical, cultural, and production philosophies. Students learn to identify properties of different types of sculpture through the hands on applications of a variety of materials unique to 3-D art, as well as, learn about artists and their work. Sculpture 1 is a semester course with no prerequisites although experience with Art 1 would greatly benefit the student. 


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Ceramics I

671

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Ceramics I: This semester course covers all methods of ceramic construction from basic hand building to the potter’s wheel. This is a hands-on class where students will be working daily creating sculptures, vases, mugs, bowls, functional and non-functional pottery.  Some emphasis will be placed on glazing and decoration techniques. Historical and cultural references will be incorporated into the lessons. Students will need to exercise problem solving skills and a respect for the unique differences in other students’ ideas.


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COURSE NUMBER

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Ceramics II

672

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Ceramics II: This course continues to emphasize the development of wheel throwing and hand building techniques. Creative application of techniques will be emphasized. More time is devoted to the use of the principles of design when creating ceramic projects. Students will learn about the Japanese culture, create a Raku clay project, make their own glaze and participate in the Raku firing process. The Raku firing unit will teach the students the relationship between Chemistry and Ceramics. Developing a personal style will be cultivated. Portfolio pieces will be created for those students planning to major in the arts at college.  Prerequisite: Ceramics I


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Painting I

680

1 / 2

10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Painting I: Students will paint in a variety of water based media and learn to apply color theory in a series of compositions focused on landscape, portraits, and figurative studies of plants and animals. Prerequisite: Art I or permission from instructor.


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Painting II

681

1 / 2

10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Painting II students will work on more sophisticated applications of paint media and surfaces. Attention to scale, proportion and detail is addressed. Further study and application of color theory and the development of a “painterly language” is emphasized. Students work on in-depth thematic studies within a selected topic. Development of a personal style of expression is encouraged. Prerequisite: Painting I


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Digital Arts I

691

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Digital Arts I: This is a beginning course in creating artworks using the Macintosh desktops and the Wacom Drawing Tablet as the artist’s tools. Students will be instructed on how to make works of art such as paintings, portraits, fun creative illustrations using Illustrator CS5, Photoshop CS5 and other design programs. The Elements and Principles of design will be emphasized. This course will develop skills that are used in art related careers and help to build college portfolios.


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SEMESTER

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Digital Arts II

692

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Digital Art II: The purpose of this course is to continue to advance the skills learned in Digital Art I. More emphasis will be placed on the use of a variety of software techniques and tools. The focus of this course is not web design or advertising, but drawing and designing with the computer program’s tools.  Prerequisite: Digital Arts I. Independent studies will be offered in accordance with Board policy.


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Science and Art

695

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

2

Science and Art: (1 Art Elective credit & 1 Chemistry credit). How can Art and Science be related? The answer lies in a full year interdisciplinary course that will bridge the worlds of art and chemistry. This course investigates the science of materials that go into the making of art media and materials. The science behind cellulose (paper), soil (ceramics), metal (etchings/jewelry), minerals (pigments) are few of the items that will be covered in the course. It also develops the student’s artistic knowledge and skills while completing studio art projects that reinforce the chemical properties that they are learning. For example, as the course progresses, students will explore jewelry making, paper making and pigment making, then use the handmade pigments to paint on the homemade paper, mix their own clay bodies and glazes to make a ceramic piece. All of these imaginative art / science creations will lead to a new understanding of the world of science and art. Many works of art will be portfolio worthy. Art/Science related careers are discussed. The students will receive separate grades for Art and Chemistry. These two courses will be scheduled back to back during the day.