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The Bangor Area School District Community will provide opportunities for all students to observe, reflect, and participate in both the arts of their culture, and the cultures of others.

 

Visual Art (9-12)

There is no prerequisite for this course. This course of study is designed for those students who prefer a more "hands on" approach to art activities. The use of a wide variety of media as well as the study of some art theory and practice will be experienced. The development of communication skills on both visual and written language and the demonstration of the process of art production will become the focus of portfolio presentations. The ultimate objective is to create visual images that communicate a personal point of view, while using basic art concepts of composition. Each unit of study will be concluded with a portfolio that shows a clear understanding of basic creative processes using various art media. Art History will be included with each theme, idea, or material used. Cooperative learning opportunities will be used as various projects are studied. This course may not be taken after Drawing and Design Fundamentals. This course may not be taken after Drawing and Design Fundamentals. This course may be used as a prerequisite for further study of art courses with the exception of Drawing and Painting Techniques and Drawing and Painting Levels Two and Three.

 

Drawing & Design Fundamentals (9-12)

This major "fine" art course is a prerequisite for Drawing and Painting Techniques. The course of study will involve beginning art students with basic drawing techniques and will intensify these experiences through a variety of media and subject matter. The course is organized for those students who are considering the possibility of a career in one of the creative visual arts. Serious art students will gain the skills needed to pursue the art electives offered later. Students will learn to manipulate the design elements and principles as they work with two dimensional designs and do an in depth color theory project. A textbook will be used to enhance the study of theories and concepts. Concentration of study will be the basic fundamentals of figure drawing, portraiture, still-life drawing, composition, use of chiaroscuro (value) and color theory. Weekly sketch book assignments are required as one of the minimum requirements to pass the course. In depth classroom drawing activities will also be required. Art history, art criticism and aesthetics will be an integral part of the course. This course should be taken before other art courses, except Visual Art, and must be taken before Drawing and Painting Techniques.

 

Intro to Crafts (9-12)

The course is designed for all students with a desire to gain knowledge for a lifetime hobby or improve skills in the crafts areas listed. It could include drawing, pottery, jewelry, mask construction, paper making and fabrics (including weaving, macrame, batik and silk painting). This is a course for the student who enjoys working with their hands, although there will a focus on the elements and principles of design for a beginning crafts person. Included will be student awareness of the practical application of drawing, color, texture, intensity and design to improve buyer confidence as a consumer of practical arts such as furniture, appliances, automobile, etc. (Prerequisite: Drawing and Design Fundamentals OR Visual Art with at least a 79.5 average)

 

Understanding the Arts (Art History)(Humanities) (11-12)(9 WEEKS)

There is no prerequisite for this course. The course will be lecture format with limited hands on activities. The student will learn about man's fascination with visual representation by looking at art works and understanding how world events and the culture of the time affected what the artist produced. The student will learn the history and development of specific styles of visual representation and how each had an effect on subsequent styles. Concentration will be on the history of drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture. Reports, text study and outside reading will be required. The study of art criticism and aesthetics will be used as interdisciplinary devices to get the student involved in problem solving and higher order thinking skills. The ultimate goal of this course is to relate the areas studied to those being covered in English and Social Studies. Highly recommended for the student who in interested in going to college for further studies in art, social sciences, or the humanities. Course would be useful as preparation for Advanced Placement tests. Course can count as a history elective or an art elective. The course will be taught in the art department.

 

Museum Study (Art History)(Humanities)(11-12)(9 WEEKS)

There is no prerequisite for this course. The course will be lecture format with limited hands on activities. The student will gain insight into the way museums begin collections and the manner in which these collections increase. The student will study an artist from the collection in depth. An understanding of display techniques used by museums as well as where and how collections are housed will be part of the course. The methods of funding museum collections and exhibits will be explored. Career opportunities available at a museum will be investigated including but not limited to curator, museum director, educational program specialist, docents, museum store personnel, etc. At least three full day guided museum visits are required. There is a fee for this course.

 

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Drawing and Painting Techniques Level 1 (9*-12)

In this major "fine" art course, the student will continue to do in depth studies of the drawing experiences from Drawing and Design Fundamentals. The student will continue to explore and refine techniques in using the tools and materials of drawing. A sketch book with weekly drawing assignments will be a part of the minimum requirement to pass this course. In addition, student will learn over 30 techniques for applying transparent watercolor paint to a flat surface as a way of creating spatial relationships to communicate a point of view. The use of opaque watercolors and acrylics will be explored as time allows. Subjects and themes will be taken from real life setups. There will be continued study of art history, art criticism and aesthetics. Students will learn appropriate methods to mat and display finished work. (*Prerequisite: Drawing and Basic Design Fundamentals with at least a 79.5 average).

 

Drawing and Painting Level 2 (10*-12)**

This next level major art course logically builds upon previous drawing and painting activities and is tailor made to fit the students' needs for portfolio preparation for college entrance into the art fields. It will introduce new media and additional techniques. The study of Art History, Art Criticism and Aesthetics will continue with an emphasis on the masters of modern and contemporary art. More depth in the variety of media with a more technical and specialized approach will be expected. The use of many textbooks and sources of information will be required. The completion of more advanced and expanded sketchbook assignments with the emphasis on mixed-media forms of expression will be minimum requirements to pass the course. Written research will be an integral aspect of the course. There will be extensive outside of class work, including the preliminary diagrams and sketches for all final work. Students will be expected to participate in exhibitions of their work and be able to talk about their work and discuss clearly the concepts and theories used by master artists and how they are reflected in the work they produced. (*Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting Techniques with at least an 83 average and the approval of the art teacher)

 

Drawing and Painting Level 3 (11-12)

 

The second year of independent study in drawing and painting will give the student the option of being a candidate for Advanced Placement in Studio Art and have their portfolios evaluated on a national level. Students who choose this option will use the A.P. course outline. Since this is a weighted course, extra research, more advanced approaches and more difficult problem solving sketchbook assignments will be required to encourage the development of a unique style of artistic expression and visual communication. (Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting Level 2 with at least an 85 average and the approval of the art teacher)

 

Ceramics (9*-12)

This major art "craft" course takes students through the fundamental techniques involved in ceramic art construction and application of clay properties to vessels and forms. The use of the hand built techniques of pinch pots, coil, drape, and slab construction will be the concentration in the beginning. Introduction to the use of the potter's wheel will be included. Students will learn to combine techniques for specific functional design assignments. Students will learn to load and fire the kiln as well as how to properly prepare and safely apply glazes. Final presentation of projects will include the keeping of a log-book, self evaluation of the forms created and the glazes used, and a portfolio of sketches and diagrams used to create all projects. All students will be using various textbooks and the internet for reference for a required research report. Historical links to ancient and contemporary ceramic artists/craftsman will become a source of motivation and stimulation for personal designs, motifs and purpose of the ceramic art form. Most pieces will have some utilitarian purpose. Homework assignments are required. (*Prerequisite: Drawing and Design Fundamentals OR Visual Art with at least a 79.5 average) (There is a fee for this course).

 

Ceramics Level 2(10*-12)

This next level major art course logically builds upon previous ceramics activities and is tailor made to fit the students need for exploration of new media and additional techniques. The study of Art History, Art Criticism and Aesthetics will continue with an emphasis on the masters of modern and contemporary ceramic art. More depth in the variety of media with a more technical and specialized approach will be expected. The use of many textbooks and sources of information will be required. Students will have the opportunity to explore the use of the potter's wheel in depth. Students may be able to create their own plaster mold of a project they have created and use slip to make many examples of the piece. Students will research techniques of past civilizations for methods of putting a finish on their work. The preparation and display of finished pieces of work will be required. Homework assignments and a sketchbook of projects are required(*Prerequisite: Ceramics with at least an 83 average and the approval of the art teacher)(There is a fee for this course).

 

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Ceramics Level 3 (11-12)

The use of many textbooks and sources of information will be required. Students will continue to explore the use of the potter's wheel in depth. Students will be able to create their own plaster molds of projects they have created and use slip to make many samples of the piece. Students will research techniques of past civilizations for methods of putting a finish on their work. The preparation and display of finished pieces of work will be required.

The Japanese art of Raku may be studied in this third level independent ceramic art course. Students may be given the opportunity to work with this technique by using community resources. Homework assignments and a sketchbook of projects are required(Prerequisite: Ceramics Level 2 with at least an 85 average and the approval of the art teacher) (There is a fee for this course.)

 

Metal Crafts (10-12)

This major art "craft" course covers numerous aspects of working with metal and related media. Projects will be designed around the basic uses of metals for jewelry, enameling and sculptural forms. Activities include plaques, trays, small containers, brooches, pins and other fine jewelry designs. Use of various inexpensive metals (copper, brass, nickel, silver, nu-gold and pewter) will be provided at a nominal (if any) charge. The use of semiprecious metals (silver, gold, platinum), semi-precious gems and stones (turquoise, diamonds, rubies, etc) will be optional at the student's expense. Techniques such as stenciling, scrolling, cloisonne, chasing, etching, wood inlay, forging and casting will be introduced and explored. Many research and technical textbooks will be necessary as the creation of the jewelry is a very personal activity. The student will be required to keep a written log and of sketchbook to show personal growth and demonstrate the understanding of design principles. (Prerequisite: Drawing and Design Fundamentals OR Visual Art with at least a 79.5 average)

 

Metal Craft Level 2 & 3 (11-12 

These next level major art courses logically build upon previous metal craft activities and are tailor made to fit the students needs for exploration of new media and additional techniques. The study of Art History, Art Criticism and Aesthetics will continue with an emphasis on the masters of modern and contemporary metal craft art. More depth in the variety of media with a more technical and specialized approach will be expected. The use of many textbooks and sources of information will be required. Students will have the opportunity to explore the use of champleve, silver foil, limoges and casting. Students will research techniques of past civilizations for methods of putting a finish on their work. The preparation and display of finished pieces of work will be required. The student will be required to keep a student journal as a demonstration of the understanding of design principles. (Prerequisite: Metal craft with at least an 83 for Level 2 and at least an 85 average in Level 2 for Level 3 average and the approval of the art teacher)

 

Printmaking* (10-12)

This major "fine" art course covers all aspects of graphic design throughout the process of creating multiple images. The following printmaking techniques are scheduled: relief processes- (cardboard, wood block, linoleum); intaglio (etching) and planography (silk screen and serigraphy with multiple registration). Students will study the appropriate selected printmakers from the History of Art and Graphic Design from ancient to contemporary periods. Since these techniques of art expression are appropriate to both the Fine Art of Printmaking and general advertising, projects from this art form also may be utilized as motivation and stimulation. Each unit of study will conclude with the production of a portfolio that demonstrates the individual process of creating images from conception, brainstorming, research, sketching and planning the use of materials for the final presentation. Students will have outside sketchbook assignments due regularly. Students will learn appropriate ways to mat and display finished work. (*Prerequisite: Drawing and Design Fundamentals OR Visual Art with at least a 79.5 average)

 

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