• Course Descriptions

    50.07220 Visual Arts Graphics I - Introduces graphic design, as seen in posters, advertisements, logos, illustrations, signs, and package or product designs. Covers selected graphic design elements, vocabulary, and the media, tools, equipment, techniques, processes, and styles used for graphics. Students will investigate the historical development of graphic design and its function in contemporary society. The course stresses using the computer and analog techniques as a primary design tool. Explores career opportunities.


    50.04110 Ceramics I - Introduces the characteristics of clay and design in clay using various techniques of construction and decoration. Emphasizes hand-building and introduces other forming techniques, surface decoration, and glaze applications. Covers styles of ceramic works from Western and non-Western cultures.

    50.04120 Ceramics II - Enhances level-one skills and provides opportunities to apply design techniques in clay through hand-building and/or throwing on the potter's wheel. Introduces formulation of basic glazes and kiln firing; stresses evaluation of clay forms through art criticism.

    50.04130 Ceramics III - Enhances level-two skills and provides opportunities to apply design techniques in clay through hand-building and/or wheel throwing techniques while developing personal artistic voice. Presents ceramic/pottery forms as art and craft in historical context. Explores ideas and questions about the purposes and functions of ceramic forms, past and present. 


    50.02130 Visual Arts Comprehensive III -Enhances level-two skills in art history, art criticism, aesthetic judgment, and studio production. Provides practice in applying design elements and principles of design. Provides a focus on different two- and three-dimensional art media and processes and master artworks. Stresses idea development through production and creativity and through the study of master artists and developing personal artistic voice.

    50.02400 Visual Arts Comprehensive IV - Enhances level-three skills in art history, art criticism, aesthetic judgment, and studio production. Provides opportunities for in-depth application of design elements and principles of design in two- and three-dimensional art media and processes. Stresses creative problem solving through art production and the study of master artists and their works and further development of personal artistic voice.


    5.00170 Visual Arts Media Arts I (6th Graders) - The Media Arts standards develop students’ critical thinking abilities, creativity, and curiosity. Students will gain the tools to appreciate the multiplicity of creative, cultural, and historical perspectives in visual media. The students develop their unique creative skills thru technology by exploring multiple platforms, such as animation, broadcast, film, graphic design/illustration, photography, and web design.

    50.00180 Visual Arts Media Arts II (7th Graders) - The Media Arts standards continue increasing students’ critical thinking abilities, creativity, and curiosity. Students will gain the tools to appreciate the multiplicity of creative, cultural, and historical perspectives in visual media. Students develop their unique creative skills thru technology by exploring multiple platforms, such as animation, broadcast, film, graphic design/illustration, photography, and web design.

    50.00190 Visual Arts Media Arts III (8th Graders) - The Media Arts standards expand students’ critical thinking abilities, creativity, and curiosity. Students will gain the tools to appreciate the multiplicity of creative, cultural, and historical perspectives in visual media. Students develop their unique creative skills thru technology by exploring multiple platforms, such as animation, broadcast, film, graphic design/illustration, photography, and web design.