Visual Arts

  • Our classes are designed to provide a comprehensive program in Visual Arts. Our courses fulfill the one-year graduation requirement of the district and are approved for entrance to the State and UC systems. Art courses also fulfill elective requirements. All courses are two semesters in length and expose students to a broad spectrum of skills, techniques, concepts and cultural contexts important to literacy in the Arts, including the elements and principals of design. We provide classes in beginning, advanced and AP for students interested in the arts.

Visual Arts Courses

  • ART

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA.

    This course is the foundation for art. It is a basic foundation course focusing on the elements and principles of design, aesthetic awareness, problem solving and developing observation and technical skills in drawing and painting. The course offers study of the basic design fundamentals necessary for any further experience in art, with a major emphasis on observational drawing.

    ART ADVANCED

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA.
    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Art 1 and/or permission of the teacher.

    This one-year course builds upon the concepts and techniques learned in beginning level art classes. The class includes a series of drawing, painting and collage projects that would be suitable for art school portfolios. Students will write an artist statement, do a research project based on careers in art and an art history research project. May be repeated for credit.

    AP STUDIO ART – DRAWING

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA. Prerequisite: One full year of any visual arts course and teacher approval based on portfolio review.

    Advanced Art, Advanced Drawing or Advanced Art 3-D is highly recommended. This is a portfolio development class. Students may select one of the following focuses: 2-D Design portfolio, drawing portfolio or 3-D design portfolio. Student portfolios are evaluated by the College Board at the end of the year; students are strongly encouraged to submit the College Board AP-related portfolio. Summer assignment is required.

    DIGITAL PHOTO

    Grade: 10-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA. In this one year course, students learn the basics of photography using their own cameras.

    They will apply the elements of art and principles of design to photographic compositions. Digital studio experiences will give the students opportunity to develop technical abilities in Photoshop, creative expression, visual perception and career explorations as well as art historical appreciation. It is strongly recommended that students supply their own cameras; a few loaners are available.

    AP Studio Art – 2D (AP Digital Photo)

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA.
    Prerequisite: Teacher Permission

    This one year course is an advanced approach to digital photography. There is a focus on visual problem solving and the development of more conceptual images. Students will need to develop more advanced composition and technical skills and develop a body of work that is suitable for art school portfolios, display and exhibition. Students will write an artist statement, do a research project based on careers and art history.

    AUDIO PRODUCTION

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: NONE

    Students will learn the ins and outs of the audio world. Not only will they be able to recognize and use all equipment found in a typical recording studio, they will be producing their own music and sound effect creations in the Mac lab. The students will have a hands-on experience which can be utilized in real world experiences, in sound development, live recording, and live audio. Requirements: Basic knowledge of a Mac computer, must be interviewed by instructor. Earns CTE credit.

    CERAMICS

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA.

    Students will make 7-8 projects per semester, learning basics of clay hand-building and pottery wheel (Spring). Techniques covered are pinch, coil, slab, and hollow-building around newspaper. There will be opportunity to make extra projects after assignments are completed. We get messy, so bring a smock or wear old clothes. This is a college level course and grades will appear on students’ permanent college transcript. Students are required to be concurrently enrolled through the College of San Mateo.

    CERAMICS ADVANCED

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA.
    Prerequisite: Ceramics

    Students will work independently on projects created using techniques learned in Ceramics. Create between 6-7 projects per semester that demonstrate advanced concepts in 3-D design. This is a good class to focus on developing a technique that you particularly enjoyed in Ceramics and wish to develop further. $40 materials fee for clay and glazes. This is a college level course and grades will appear on students’ permanent college transcript. Students are required to be concurrently enrolled through the College of San Mateo.