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Visual Arts Foundation

Grade 9
(part of a quarterly rotation)
Art requirement for 9th grade, no portfolio required

Students will be introduced to a variety of art media and techniques and they will learn foundation concepts of composition and design The art genres of still-life and landscape will be studied. Lessons include drawing, painting, and ceramics. Art history will be a component of class and homework material. Students will develop their technical skills, enhance their creative abilities and grow in their awareness, understanding, and appreciation of visual art. Students will maintain art portfolios and sketchbooks that may be used in application to Art Studio 1 for 10th grade.

Art Studio 1

Grade 10
2 semesters
83 or above in Arts Foundation and portfolio review, departmental approval


Students will learn about the formal elements of art: color, line, shape, form, space, texture. An extensive variety of art materials, a myriad of techniques, and foundation concepts of composition and design will be the focus of projects. The art genres of still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure will be explored in art making. Art theory and art history will be components of class and homework material. Each student will be required to keep a sketchbook and portfolio for the year. Lessons include drawing, painting, 2D design, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Students will develop strong technical skills in art-making and they will challenge their creative abilities. Students will also grow in their awareness, understanding, and appreciation of visual art. Students will think critically about their own art, art history, and contemporary contexts.

Art Studio 2


Grade 11
(Art Studio 1 prerequisite, 83 or above, departmental approval)

Students will learn about the formal principles of art: rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, harmony, and unity. Art materials and techniques from Art 1 will be reintroduced in more complex and challenging contexts. New materials and techniques will also be introduced. The art genres of still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure will be studied. Art theory, art history and art criticism will be components of class and homework material. Each student will be required to keep a sketchbook and portfolio for the year. Lessons include drawing, painting, 2D design, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, fibers, and photography. Students will enhance their technical skills with new materials and own confidence with their creative abilities. Students will think critically about their own art, art history, and contemporary contexts.

Mixed Media Studio

Grades 11 or 12
(Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, and Sculpture elective, departmental approval required)

Students will spend one semester drawing and painting. The other semester will be spent creating sculpture and ceramics. Students will use a variety of traditional art materials and projects will reference historical traditions of techniques with paint and clay. Studio work will include direct observation, abstraction, and conceptualization with a goal of developing a working understanding of the theories of art through art-making. Students will practice realistic presentations of subject matter, effective organization of the elements and principles of art, and vivid communication of moods, feelings, and ideas. The theories of imitationalism, formalism, and emotionalism will be studied in reference to relationships with cultural, historical, contemporary and critical influences and contexts. Students will develop a disciplined approach to craftswomenship and embrace the opportunity to explore ideas and concepts of their own expression.

Honors Art Studio 3 & Art History

Grades 11 or 12
(Art Studio 1 prerequisite, 93 or above, departmental approval)

Students will deepen their understanding of the formal elements and principles of art. Advanced materials and techniques will be used in this course and projects are art history based. The art genres of still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure will be studied. The emphasis of study will be on figurative artwork. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be components of class and homework material. Also required are two art history research projects and presentations, and an independent art project. Each student will be required to keep a sketchbook and portfolio for the year. Lessons include drawing, painting, sculpture, bookbinding, and stained glass. Several field trips to local museums and exhibitions are part of the curriculum. Students will master their technical skills, define their creative voice, and own an artistic style. Students will think critically about their own art, art history, and contemporary contexts. This course is designed for students who are serious about art, or for those interested in pursuing an art related career, and may possibly be applying to art colleges.

AP Studio Art

A.P. Studio Art will introduce and reinforce advanced drawing and design techniques and concepts. Students will work in depth on technical skills and composition strategies with a variety of media. They will develop and enhance their creativity and execute original art work. Students will focus on a theme for portfolios that will be prepared and submitted for scoring. Art history texts and resources will be used and several field trips to museums and exhibitions are required. Students will be required to maintain weekly sketchbook exercises. Art theory and art criticism related assignments will be part of the course work.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 1, 93 or above, and departmental approval

Department Members

Mrs. Lisa Hohenstein

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: M.Ed Temple University
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