Art Ex This course is the prerequisite for all visual art electives and the entry-level course in a sequential art program that satisfies 5 units of the 10 unit Fine Arts graduation requirement. Emphasis is on the fundamental principles of art and design which are the basis for all visual arts. Students are introduced to various forms of artistic expression such as drawing and painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture. The course also emphasizes the importance of art for personal expression, as well as its importance as a cultural element in society. Students who intend to take art both semesters should sign up for the year-long Art Exploration/Ceramics 1, Drawing and Painting 1 or Photography 1 option to ensure cohesive study of the curricula emphasizing their area of interest.
Ceramics 1 In this course, students learn the basic skills necessary for creating art from clay. Assignments emphasize creative use of design, craftsmanship and mastery of construction skills. Hand building methods and the potter’s wheel, as well as a variety of glaze and decorating techniques, are used to make both functional pots and sculpture. In addition, students explore the works of ceramic artists from other cultures and times, as well as our own, as a means of forming the basis for creating self-expression and conceptual development which they can pursue as advanced students.