West Chester Area School District WEST CHESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
2019-20 HIGH SCHOOL COURSE SELECTION GUIDE ART
Te Art Department creates a positive environment to educate students in the world of art. Students can choose to enrich their studies with art opportunities, as well as pursue art related professions. Tese courses prepare and educate students to understand and apply media, techniques and processes to their art work. Teachers guide students to choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas. Students explore the visual arts in relation to history and cultures. Tese courses allow both student and teacher to reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others. Art courses make connections between visual arts and other disciplines. As an elective, the emphasis will be interest and commitment.
Art courses for Students with a Major Interest in Portfolio Development Honors
the Visual Arts: Advanced Studio Study
Art History Art Options
Graphic Design 2,3 Photography 2, 3
Sculpture/3-D Design 2, 3
Studio Art Advanced Placement Studio Art 2
Note: All courses are open to any student who meets the prerequisites. ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART HISTORY
(10, 11, 12) This college level humanities course takes students around the globe in
their study of art. Covering the Paleolithic era through contemporary times, students will analyze art, architecture, and artifact in reference to its place in global civilization. This course can expand on a student’s acquired knowledge of history, geography, politics, literature and visual art. Each work is examined in reference to its historical context and the story it tells. Students will experience the artworks through museum trips and virtual reality, conduct in group work and participate in class discussions. Class discussions may include politics, economics, gender, culture, or race as it relates to the history of art. This course prepares students to take the College Board AP Art History exam.
COMIC & ANIMATION 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) Neutrally Weighted
Comic and Animation 1 is a design oriented course focused on comic facial and figure design, story construction, animation, visual narratives, lettering, imagery related to the written word, and two dimensional design. Students experiment with a variety of traditional media and computer graphics through the Adobe Creative Suite. Additional activities include class critique as well as information about art history and vocabulary.
COMIC & ANIMATION 2 (10, 11, 12) Neutrally Weighted
Comic and Animation 2 is a course to build on skills learned, concepts studied and knowledge gained in the first Comic and Animation course. Further animation techniques, computer graphics, portfolio preparation, critiques, and art history are emphasized. Prerequisite: Completion of Comic & Animation 1 or teacher recommendation.
COMIC & ANIMATION 3 HONORS (11, 12) 1 CREDIT Comic and Animation 3 incorporates computer art and animation software with traditional media. Students learn how to apply computer techniques to create and color comics. Advanced animation techniques, computer graphics, portfolio preparation, critiques, art history, and are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Completion of Comic & Animation 2 or teacher recommendation. GRAPHIC DESIGN 1 (9, 10, 11, 12)
Neutrally Weighted 1 CREDIT
This beginning course is for students interested in learning the fundamentals of graphic design. Students use drawing skills as well as computer graphic software such as Adobe Illustrator within the Adobe Creative Suite. The course addresses layout, color, lettering, illustration and advertising.
GRAPHIC DESIGN 2 (10, 11, 12) Neutrally Weighted
This second level course focuses on advancing knowledge of graphic design software and technology. Graphic design techniques, portfolio preparation, critiques, and art history are emphasized. The course addresses various traditional and digital media in use today such as brochure design, product development, package design, advertisements and poster design. Besides Illustrator, other programs from the Adobe Creative Suite are used in this course. Prerequisite: Completion of Graphic Design 1 or teacher recommendation.
GRAPHIC DESIGN 3 HONORS (11, 12)
This third course is an advanced level of graphic design. Through advanced traditional and digital media in use today, students explore advanced artistic
1 CREDIT techniques. Portfolio preparation,
critiques, art history are emphasized. Besides Illustrator, other programs from the Adobe Creative Suite are used in this course. Prerequisite: Completion of Graphic Design 2 or teacher recommendation.
PHOTOGRAPHY 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) Neutrally Weighted
An introduction to black and white photography, students will learn the basics of the single lens reflex camera operation, how to develop and print black and white film, darkroom work, and matting and presenting a finished photograph. Digital photography is introduced, along with print manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop. This course increases understanding of photography as an art form and allows the student to produce a portfolio of work by the end of the course.
PHOTOGRAPHY 2 (10, 11, 12) PHOTOGRAPHY 3 (11, 12)
1 CREDIT 1 CREDIT
Photography 2 and 3 emphasize fine art black and white photography, as well as digital photography. Students are introduced to classic photographers, as well as the new direction of photography in the digital age. Students are encouraged to explore all aspects of the photographic medium and develop a personal style in their work. Building a strong portfolio will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: Photography 1/Photography 2 or teacher recommendation.
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