Art

Stillwater Area High School has a talented staff serving students in the creation, interpretation and understanding of art. Students will learn how to create using respective elements to interpret color and design aspects as well as work directly with hands on experiences to reflect well-developed and integrated design.

Students are responsible for the costs of projects they complete beyond the minimum requirements of the course.

Course #  Course NameGradesPrerequisiteSemester 
Credits
A500Foundations of Art9-12Recommended for 9th Grade1
A520Clay/Sculpture I9-12None1
A522Clay/Sculpture II9-12Recommended: Clay/Sculpture I with C or Higher1
A530Graphic Design I9-12None1
A532 Graphic Design II   9-12Recommended: Graphic Design I with C or Higher1
A540 Drawing I9-12None1
A542Drawing II9-12Recommended: Drawing I with C or Higher1
A550Metals & Jewelry I9-12None1
A552Metals & Jewelry II9-12Recommended: Metals & Jewelry I with C or higher  1
A560Painting I9-12None1
A562Painting II9-12Recommended: Painting I with C or Higher1
A570Photography I9-12None1
A572Photography II9-12Recommended: Photography I with C or higher1
A585Introduction to Video Production9-12None1
A586Advanced Video Production9-12Introduction to Video Production1
A587Introduction to Theatre9-12None1

A600 A605 

Cutaway Productions A & B9-12Recommended: Introduction to Video Production course or Teacher approval2
A950
A952 
Advanced Placement Studio Art10-12Teacher Recommendation2

Foundations of Art  (Introductory high school level art course)

This one semester course is a good choice for students looking to explore a variety of visual arts techniques, and develop many different art and design skills. Students will study printmaking, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, art history, Elements and Principles of Design. Students will work to develop individual style and creative problem solving skills. They will demonstrate their ability to analyze and interpret their own artwork, and the work of others, through discussions, critiques, and writings. 

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Clay/Sculpture I

Clay/Sculpture is open to all students in the high school. By the end of the course, students know how to make hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery. Students will be introduced to clay modeling, glazing and glaze chemistry. Emphasis on creating clay works that reflect well developed and integrated design.

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Clay/Sculpture II

This course allows greater personal choice and creativity. Students will continue to build competency in clay modeling, glazing and glaze chemistry. Emphasis on creating clay works that reflect well developed and integrated design. This is a continuation of Clay/Sculpture I.

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Graphic Design I

In this one semester course students will study and apply the Elements and Principles of Design. Students will work through design problems within illustration, layout, typography, patterns, mockups, logos, slogans, color theory, design history and more. An emphasis is placed on problem solving and working with many different sources and tools to create original designs. Skill building and large projects will be both made by hand, and digitally constructed too. 

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Graphic Design II

This one semester course builds on topics covered in Graphic Design I. Further study of Illustrator CC as well as introduction to Photoshop CC. Students continue to explore the design process, and design industry; while working on self-directed and client-directed design projects. Graphic Design II students will be expected to work independently, and manage their time for larger and more complex projects and assignments. Students will problem solve and grow their designing skills, through independent research of design development techniques. Prerequisite: completion and above average achievement in Graphic Design I. 

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Drawing I

In this one semester course, students creatively explore drawing techniques, drawing from observation, Color Theory, Elements and Principles of Art and Design. Students will develop their drawing skills within many sketchbook drawings, as well as large artworks. Students will work through visual problems, while developing the creative solutions, processes, and skills, used by visual artists. Students will use a variety of drawing media/materials and explore the concepts of composition, contour, shading, still life, figure drawing, portrait, depth and perspective. Drawing is a teachable and learned skill. Beginners, as well as skilled drawing students, will advance their drawing skills further, during this skill building class. There is an emphasis on original conceptual thinking, problem-solving, and drawing as a lifelong practice.      

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Drawing II

This one semester course allows students greater personal expression and growth with continued study into various areas covered in Drawing I. Drawing II students will work independently to problem solve and design their artwork. Students will continue to develop their drawing practice. They will make their original compositions more personal, and begin to develop their personal style. Students will continue to develop skills in their sketchbooks in addition to large artworks. Prerequisite: completion and above averge achievement in Drawing I.

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Metals & Jewelry I

Students learn basic metal smithing and jewelry making techniques such as sawing, soldering, ring making, lost wax casting, glass bead making and found object assembly. The course emphasizes design, originality, and mastering basic construction skills. Students will create pendants, pins, bracelets, rings and more. Students will be provided with brass, copper, and nickel silver for assigned projects.

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Metals & Jewelry II

Metals & Jewelry B builds upon the basic techniques of Jewelry A. Metals & Jewelry students pursue techniques of their own interest and work toward creating portfolio pieces. Students will be provided with brass copper, and nickel silver for assigned projects.

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Painting I

Students creatively explore acrylic painting, watercolor, and mixed-media. Students solve visual problems designed to teach the creative process and techniques used by artists. Students will also work to develop an artistic voice and analyze and be exposed to a large range of professional artists. 

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Painting II

This course allows for greater personal choice and in-depth study into painting mediums. Students are expected to keep a sketchbook as well as to conduct research into an art style of their choice and attempt to mimic this style in original works.

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Photography I

This course focuses on the basic techniques of black and white film photography and digital photography including operating a camera, developing negatives, making prints in a dark room, editing in Photoshop. Emphasis is on design elements, composition, creative skills as well as problem solving and troubleshooting technical processes and skills that are particular to photography. This is a good course for organized, independent learners who manage time and deadlines well.

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Photography II

This course builds on techniques learned in Photography I. Advanced Photography allows for greater personal choice and indepth study into photographic themes and techniques. Most of the focus will be on digital photography. Students are strongly advised to have their own 35mm single reflex lens and digital cameras, however, a few cameras are available for one overnight check out per assignment.

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Introduction to Video Production (1 semester)

Students will learn the elements, techniques and processes of video production. They will achieve this by meeting the following learning targets: writing scripts and creating storyboards, producing and editing a variety of productions such as public service announcements, television commercials, documentaries, music videos, political ads and animation. The students will be involved with each project from concept to completion. Equipment used will include digital video and still cameras and MacIntosh computers. Students will use editing, graphic and music software. Students have the option to bring their own hardware device with software. Classroom software used includes iMovie with possible advancement to Adobe Premiere, GarageBand, Photos, Keynote, Google Docs and Stillwater Cloud Aps for video production, editing, research and writing. Supplies needed include folder, notebook, pens, pencils, 4 gig flash drive. It is helpful but not mandatory for each student to have their own headphones/earbuds and digital still camera. Intro to Video offers the following Creation and Performance Standard:

The student will understand and use artistic processes to create original or perform existing works of art in at least one of the three arts areas required to be offered by a school from the following: dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts. As an elective, the student may understand and use artistic processes to create original or perform existing works of art in another art form or creative writing.

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Advanced Video Production (1 semester)


In the Advanced Video course students will enhance their skills in the elements, techniques and processes of video production, building off their knowledge gained in Intro to Video. They will achieve this by meeting the following learning targets: writing scripts and creating storyboards, producing and editing a variety of productions. The digital videos will be both short and long format and will include public service announcements, instructional, promotional and training videos, music videos, etc. This course will build technical and creative skills along with presenting real world situations such as client contact, financial management and project planning and execution. The students will be involved with each project from concept to completion. Equipment used will include digital video and still cameras and MacIntosh and PC computers. Students will use editing, graphic and music software and will have the option to bring their own hardware device. Classroom software used includes iMovie, Adobe Premiere, PhotoShop and the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, GarageBand, Photos, Keynote, Google Docs and Stillwater Cloud Aps for video production, editing, research and writing. It is encouraged but not mandatory to bring personal digital cameras and laptops. Editing software will be provided to students who bring their personal laptops which meet hardware requirements. This course may be used to meet the art graduation credit requirement and will provide an opportunity for students to find success. Course prerequisite: Must have completed Intro to Video Production or have teacher approval.

 

 

Introduction to Theatre (1 semester)

Students will understand elements, techniques and process of speech giving, acting and performing. After training and rehearsing, an all school play will be presented. Other performing units covered include speeches, oral interpretation, pantomime and storytelling. Students will also have the opportunity to direct rehearsals, write plays, design sets and work with sound effects, music and lighting. Students will use MacIntosh computers, digital video and still cameras. Software used for research, presentations, script writing and music and sound effects production include Keynote, Photos, iMovie and GarageBand. Supplies needed include folder, notebook, pens, pencils. Students will also be responsible for providing their own costumes for the school play and other performances. Intro to Theatre offers the following Creation and Performance Standard:

The student will understand and use artistic processes to create original or perform existing works of art in at least one of the three arts areas required to be offered by a school from the following: dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts. As an elective, the student may understand and use artistic processes to create original or perform existing works of art in another art form or creative writing.

 
 
 
 
Cutaway Productions A & B

Students must have had taken a level one video production course along with instructor’s approval before being accepted into Cutaway Productions. The student must have a basic knowledge and understanding of the elements, techniques and processes of video production. Experience with computers using iMovie or comparable editing software is required.

Cutaway Productions is an advance video course/student-run production company. The students will be working on a variety of projects for clients and contests. They will be involved with each production from concept to completion. The digital videos will be both short and long format and will include public service announcements, instructional, promotional and training videos, music videos, etc. This course will build technical and creative skills along with presenting real world situations such as client contact, financial management, project planning and execution with possible on location work experience. Adobe Premiere, PhotoShop and the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite will be the editing software used. Students should have a 4 gig+ flash drive or external hard drive and headphones/earbuds. It is encouraged but not mandatory to also bring personal digital cameras and laptops. Editing software will be provided to students who bring their personal laptops which meet hardware requirements.

Students will first be placed in the video class and must apply and interview to be moved to the Cutaway Productions business portion of the course.

 
 

Advanced Placement Studio Art

AP Studio Art is designed for the serious art student whose goal is the development of proficiency in concept, composition, and execution of their artistic expression Students should be aware that AP work involves significantly more commitment and accomplishment than the typical high school course. Students enrolled in AP Art continue to explore and build upon the techniques, skills, theories, and principles learned in beginning and intermediate courses. The focus is to facilitate student growth artistically and creatively as well as to advance their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The AP course will address three major concerns: (1) a sense of quality in a student's work; (2) the student's concentration on a particular visual interest or problem; and (3) the student's need for breadth of experience the formal, technical, and expressive means. Successful completion of the course is not based on a written examination; instead, students will submit the 24 piece portfolio to the AP College Board in May.

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