Independent Study is designed for Seniors who have demonstrated a mastery level of critical thinking and problem solving skills in the visual arts and are potentially interested in pursuing a career within an art field.  Students enrolled in this course should demonstrate passion, perseverance, and aptitude for a higher level of thinking.  Students in this course should also be prepared to demonstrate extreme ambition, independence, and maturity. Emphasis is placed on portfolio development, creative growth, and the application of existing knowledge to new concepts and media.  Students will be expected to take risks and work above and beyond previous levels of success.  Prerequisite – Must have completed DPIII or 3DII with a grade of 84% or above. 

The focus of 3D Art II is refining sculptural creative processes with opportunities for individualized concentrations.  3DII will help Junior and Seniors to further investigate a variety of three-dimensional art forms, artists, and eras.  The goal of this course is to help students continue to develop an advance understanding and appreciation for sculpture: high relief & visual movement, Still Life, Self Portrait, The Human Figure, and pottery presented in both functional and non-functional compositions.  In reflection, Students will be expected to create a three dimensional artist’s portfolio.  Much focus will be placed on individual research, thought, and artistic concepts.  Students will be expected to conceive, explain, and defend their artistic decisions and constructions.  Students will also have the opportunity to expand on a variety of three-dimensional sculpting materials such as plaster, wire, wood, and clay. Students will be asked to challenge their sculpting abilities through combining techniques such as carving, coiling, draping, slab building, assemblage, casting, molding, and even wheel throwing.  Experimentation of how to use both glaze and under glaze as well as a variety of alternative non-traditional finishing techniques will be encouraged.  Students are also required to attend gallery openings in the area in order to experience a variety of art forms within their own community.  In reflection, students will turn in a 1 page summary of their experience. The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be woven mindfully into each lesson while a strong understanding of art criticism and aesthetics is established.  Students are expected to demonstrate and maintain a strong work ethic daily, no matter their level of artistic ability.  Learning how to visually express one’s self through the development of individual creativity is a priority.  Prerequisite – Must have completed 3D Art I with a grade of 84% or above. 

3D Art I is designed to help students expand and broaden their three-dimensional art skills, which were introduced in the Introduction to Art course.  3DI will further investigate a variety of three-dimensional art forms, artists, and eras.  The goal of this course is to help students continue to develop a more in-depth understanding and appreciation for sculpture: low relief & visual movement, Still Life, Self Portrait, The Human Figure, and pottery presented in both functional and non-functional compositions.  Students will also have the opportunity to expand on a variety of three-dimensional sculpting materials such as plaster, wire, wood, and clay. Students will be asked to challenge their sculpting abilities through revisiting familiar techniques such as carving, coiling, draping and slab building as well as exploring new concepts such as assemblage, casting, and molding.  Experimentation of how to use both glaze and under glaze as well as a variety of alternative non-traditional finishing techniques will be encouraged.  Students are also encouraged to attend gallery openings in the area in order to experience a variety of art forms within their own community.  Although this is highly encouraged, this is not a requirement at this level.  The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be woven mindfully into each lesson while a strong understanding of art criticism and aesthetics is established.  Students are expected to demonstrate and maintain a strong work ethic daily, no matter their level of artistic ability.  Learning how to visually express one’s self through the development of individual creativity is a priority.  Prerequisite - Must have completed Introduction to Art with a grade of 84% or above.

Drawing and Painting III is designed for Seniors who have displayed enthusiasm, perseverance, and aptitude for the creation of two dimensional artworks.  Students should demonstrate an advanced degree of independent critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Emphasis is placed on portfolio development, creative growth, and the application of existing knowledge to new concepts and media.  Students will be encouraged to take risks and work above and beyond previous levels of success.  While in DPIII, students will not only embrace and progress towards advanced two-dimensional art skills and goals, but will also continue to study a variety of two-dimensional art forms, artists, and eras.  The goal of this course is to help students continue to explore, understand, and appreciate the visual arts: Still Life, Self Portrait, The Human Figure, and Landscape presented in both realistic and abstract compositions.  In reflection, students will continue to investigate complicated drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and mixed media techniques and processes.  While in this year long course, students will have an opportunity to resume experimentation with a variety of two-dimensional mediums such as drawing pencils, colored pencils, pen & ink, acrylic paint, tempera paint, oil & chalk pastels, printmaking, and other mixed mediums.  Students will also focus on the continuation of developing an art portfolio.  All work will be done from observation, meaning the students are drawing from life. Students will challenge the media to a new level attempting to translate their content and expression in their work. Students are required to work larger as well as create a series for every unit as compared to Draw and Paint II. This allows for growth and development of content throughout a unit.  In addition, students are required to keep a sketchbook which will serve as a constant resource from which to work. Sketchbook assignments are given weekly and are designed to develop the student’s creativity, imagination, and individual style.  Students are also required to attend gallery openings in the area in order to experience a variety of art forms within their own community.  In reflection, students will turn in a 1 page summary of their experience. The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be woven mindfully into each lesson while sustaining a true understanding of art criticism and aesthetics.  Demonstrating and maintaining a strong work ethic daily, no matter their level of artistic ability is promoted.  Learning how to visually express one’s self through the development of individual creativity is a priority.  Prerequisite - Must have completed DPII with a grade of 84% or above.

Drawing and Painting II is designed for Juniors and Seniors who show a true passion and higher level of dedication for two-dimensional art and wish to enhance the development of their personal style through the exploration of subjects and themes used by artists throughout history. While in DPII, students will not only embrace and progress towards advanced two-dimensional art skills and goals, but will also continue to study a variety of two-dimensional art forms, artists, and eras.  The goal of this course is to help students continue to explore, understand, and appreciate the visual arts: Still Life, Self Portrait, The Human Figure, and Landscape presented in both realistic and abstract compositions.  In reflection, students will continue to investigate complicated drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and mixed media techniques and processes.  While in this year long course, students will have an opportunity to resume experimentation with a variety of two-dimensional mediums such as drawing pencils, colored pencils, pen & ink, acrylic paint, tempera paint, oil & chalk pastels, printmaking, and other mixed mediums.  Students will also focus on the continuation of developing an art portfolio.  All work will be done from observation, meaning the students are drawing from life. Students will challenge the media to a new level attempting to translate their content and self expression in their work. Students are required to work larger as well as create a series for every unit as compared to Draw and Paint I. This allows for growth and development of content throughout a unit.  In addition, students are required to keep a sketchbook which will serve as a constant resource from which to work. Sketchbook assignments are given weekly and are designed to develop the student’s creativity, imagination, and individual style.  Students are also required to attend gallery openings in the area in order to experience a variety of art forms within their own community.  In reflection, students will turn in a 1 page summary of their experience. The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be woven mindfully into each lesson while sustaining a true understanding of art criticism and aesthetics.  Demonstrating and maintaining a strong work ethic daily, no matter their level of artistic ability is promoted.  Learning how to visually express one’s self through the development of individual creativity is a priority.  Prerequisite - Must have completed DPI with a grade of 84% or above.

Drawing and Painting I is designed to help students expand and broaden their two-dimensional art skills, which were introduced in the Introduction to Art course.  DPI will further investigate a variety of two-dimensional art forms, artists, and eras.  The goal of this course is to help students continue to develop a more in-depth understanding and appreciation for the visual arts: Still Life, Self Portrait, The Human Figure, and Landscape presented in both realistic and abstract compositions.  In reflection, students will continue to investigate sophisticated drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and mixed media techniques and processes. While in this year long course, students will have an opportunity to resume experimentation with a variety of two-dimensional mediums such as drawing pencils, colored pencils, pen & ink, acrylic paint, tempera paint, oil & chalk pastels, printmaking, and other mixed mediums.  Students will also focus on developing an art portfolio.  A portfolio includes more than one piece of art on the same theme, which allows for student growth.  Building a portfolio unifies each student’s body of work, which is important in cultivating content in their personal works.  In reflection, students are required to keep a sketchbook which will serve as a constant resource from which to work. Sketchbook assignments are given weekly and are designed to develop the student’s creativity, imagination, and individual style.  Students are also encouraged to attend gallery openings in the area in order to experience a variety of art forms within their own community.  Although this is highly encouraged, this is not a requirement at this level.  The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be woven mindfully into each lesson while refining a true understanding of art criticism and aesthetics.  Demonstrating and maintaining a strong work ethic daily, no matter their level of artistic ability is promoted.  Learning how to visually express one’s self through the development of individual creativity is a priority.  Prerequisite - Must have completed Introduction to Art with a grade of 84% or above.


The Introduction to Art curriculum is designed to expose students to a variety of art forms, artists, and eras.  The goal of this course is to help students begin to develop a basic understanding and appreciation for the visual arts: Still Life, Self Portrait, The Human Figure, and Landscape presented in both realistic and abstract compositions.  In reflection, students will investigate basic drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture techniques and processes. While in this year long course, students will have an opportunity to experiment with a variety of two-dimensional mediums such as drawing pencils, colored pencils, pen & ink, acrylic paint, tempera paint, oil & chalk pastels, printmaking, and other mixed mediums.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to work with three-dimensional sculpting materials such as plaster, wire, wood, and clay. After learning how to refine simple hand-building techniques such as carving, coiling, draping and slab building, students will examine how to use both glaze and under glaze as well as a variety of alternative non-traditional finishing techniques.  All art students are required to keep a sketchbook, which will serve as a constant resource from which to work. Sketchbook assignments are given weekly and are designed to develop the student’s creativity, imagination, and individual style.  The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be woven mindfully into each lesson while a basic understanding of art criticism and aesthetics is introduced.  Students are encouraged to demonstrate and maintain a strong work ethic daily, no matter their level of artistic ability.  Learning how to visually express one’s self through the development of individual creativity is a priority.