Art Curriculum

Courses


FA101 - ARTS EXPLORATION

Arts Exploration is a combined basic music and visual art course which will explore the relationships
between these two art forms as they relate to a wide range of themes such as pattern, variation, tension, repetition, organization of form and resolution. This course will fulfill a fine arts requirement.

0.5 credit – open to grade 9 only

FA110/111- STUDIO ART I
This is an introductory studio course for talented students interested in participating in the art studio
program. In this class the emphasis will be on drawing and the foundations of composition and design.

1 credit – open to grades 9, 10, and 11
Prerequisite: a completed art application turned in with the course registration form (see addendum for application form)
*This course is strongly recommended for students planning a college art major or an art-related career i.e., fashion, interior design, illustration, etc.

FA210/211- STUDIO ART II
This course is intensification and broadening of the STUDIO ART I experience. Design and
compositional skills and principles continue to be stressed, with an emphasis on new media, including charcoal, pastel, acrylic painting and printmaking.

1 credit - open to grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: successful completion of STUDIO ART I and recommendation of Studio
Art I Instructor.
*This course is strongly recommended for students planning a college art major or an art-related career i.e., fashion, interior design, illustration, etc.

FA310/311 - STUDIO ART III
This is an advanced level art course built on the foundation of Studio Art I and II. Problems in portraiture
and the human figure will be presented, with an emphasis on drawing, oil painting, charcoal, pastel media and projects in advanced composition

1 credit - open to grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: successful completion of STUDIO ART II and recommendation of Studio
Art II Instructor.
*This course is strongly recommended for students planning a college art major or an art related career i.e., fashion, interior design, illustration, etc.

FA420 - HONORS ART IV: PAINTING SEMINAR
This senior art major quarter seminar will explore a variety of painting problems using oil and acrylic
paints on canvas, prepared canvas board and a found object support. The focus in painting are on the individual pursuit of media and subject matter through independent problem solving.

0.5 credit – open to Grade 12
Prerequisite: successful completion of STUDIO ART III and recommendation by previous instructor.

FA421- HONORS ART IV: SCULPTURE SEMINAR
This senior art major quarter seminar will explore a variety of sculptural and 3-dimensional design
problems in various materials. Drawing will continue to be a focus in the development of the work.

0.5 credit – open to Grade 12
Prerequisite: successful completion of STUDIO ART III and recommendation of previous
Instructor.

FA422 - SENIOR ART SEMINAR
This course will be an individualized course of study involving the creation of a sustained work based
upon a unique personal inspiration and executed either in a two or three dimensional format. The second part of the course will focus on the preparation and mounting of all of the student’s major works for formal presentation in the Fine Arts Review in May.

0.5 credit – open to Grade 12
Prerequisite: successful completion of Art IV Painting and/or Sculpture Seminars and recommendation of previous instructor.
*This course is highly recommended for students planning a college studio art major.

FA700 - CERAMICS I
This course is an elective course in methods of hand built ceramics, including slab, coil and sculpture
techniques. History of ceramics, geology of clay and the chemistry of clay and glazes are also covered.

0.5 credit - open to grade 12 and grade 11 as space is available.

FA701- CERAMICS II
An opportunity to develop and expand upon concepts and skills explored in Ceramics I. These concepts
and skills include 3-dimensional problem solving, the application of hand building techniques in the creation of a sculptural ceramic piece. In addition, Ceramics II will provide the opportunity to develop wheel throwing skills as well as study ceramic work from different cultures.

0.5 credit – open to grade 12 and grade 11 as space is available.
Prerequisite: Ceramics I

FA710 - RELATED ARTS
This is a multi-disciplinary survey of the arts including: visual art, music, drama, dance and poetry. It is
designed to help the student increase her arts awareness, learn to perceive, respond and participate in the arts. The focus of the program is on the creative process and the relationships among the arts as well as the unique qualities of each art form.

0.5 credit - open to grades 10, 11, and 12

FA720 - HISTORY OF WESTERN EUROPEAN ART
This course is a survey of the history of Western European Art from ancient times to the present.
Students will learn to see, appreciate and critique works of art through class discussion, writing assignments and trips to the Cleveland Museum of Art and area art galleries.

0.5 credit - open to grade 12 and grade 11 as space is available

FA730 - PHOTOGRAPHY
This is an elective studio course for the beginning photographer that develops the techniques of taking
pictures, developing prints, mounting and presentation of prints. Students must provide their own 35 mm camera with manual shutter speed and aperture adjustments and a light meter - either built into the camera or hand held. Paper and film must be purchased by the student.

0.5 credit - open to grade 12 only

FA740 - DRAWING AND DESIGN
This is a basic studio course in art experience for the non-major. Its primary focus is an introduction to
various drawing techniques and projects in simple design composition.

0.5 credit - open to grades 10, 11, 12