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VA911 ART 1 One Credit
Art 1 is a basic foundation course designed to build the student's confidence in using a variety of art media, to encourage the student's creativity, and to increase the student's awareness of art in world cultures. The elements and principles of design will be stressed in all techniques and media explored and in the study of visual arts heritage. Lab fee is required.
 
VA912 ART 2 One Credit
In Art 2 the student will continue to develop technical skills and an understanding of why artists create. Emphasis will be placed on student involvement in making choices and expressing ideas. Through studying visual arts heritage, the student will learn about art in America. Lab fee is required. Pre-requisites: VA911 Art 1 or teacher recommendation
 
VA913 ART 3 One Credit
Art 3 is an advanced art class in which the student will begin to plan a course of study with the art teacher. The student will be assisted in strengthening personal style and increasing competency in media areas of interest. Visual arts heritage emphasis will be placed on contemporary art and art careers. A student who is applying for scholarships or to college art programs will be given assistance in preparing portfolios. Lab fee is required.  Pre-requisites: VA912 Art 2
 
VA914 ART 4 One Credit
Art 4 is an advanced art class in which the student will plan with the art teacher an individualized course of study. The student will choose media areas in which to work in-depth and will study the visual arts heritage associated with the chosen media areas. A student who is applying for scholarships or to college art programs will prepare portfolios. Lab fee is required. Pre-requisites: VA913 Art 3
 
VA921 CRAFTS/3-D DESIGN 1 One Credit
In Crafts 1 the student will explore a wide variety of media and techniques in fibers, jewelry, pottery, and sculpture. Emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship and the elements and principles of design as applied to functional and nonfunctional crafts in many cultures. Lab fee is required.
 
VA922 CRAFTS/3-D DESIGN 2 One Credit
In Crafts 2 the student will continue to develop technical skills while learning to make choices and express personal ideas in a variety of craft media. Individual craft artists and artists from other cultures will be studied. Lab fee is required. Pre-requisites: VA921 CRAFTS/3-D DESIGN 1
 
VA923 CRAFTS/3-D DESIGN 3 One Credit
In Crafts 3 the student will plan a course of study with the art teacher in which the student will work in-depth in one or more craft areas. Research on the areas chosen will reflect the historical aspects of the craft. Lab fee is required. Pre-requisites: VA922 CRAFTS/3-D DESIGN 2
 
VA931 PHOTOGRAPHY 1 One Credit
This introductory course in black and white photography is available to students in grades 9-12. Through a study of pinhole photography, the student will explore basic photographic processes. These skills and techniques will be applied to the introduction to 35mm dark room photography. Aesthetic and historic awareness of photography will be emphasized. A 35mm SLR camera and a lab fee are required.
 
VA932 PHOTOGRAPHY 2 One Credit
Photography 2 is an intermediate course in black and white photography. Basic photographic processes and skills covered in Photography 1 will be reviewed with emphasis being placed on perfecting and fine-tuning these skills. The student will explore in-depth creative approaches to solving photographic problems. A 35mm SLR camera and a lab fee are required. Pre-requisites: VA931 Photography 1 or teacher recommendation
 
VA933 PHOTOGRAPHY 3 One Credit
Photography 3 is an advanced course in photography. This course is for the student who has a special interest in and aptitude for photography and is considering photography as a possible career choice. Through a contract an individual course of study will be designed by each student with the aid of the art teacher. A 35mm SLR camera and a lab fee are required. Pre-requisites: VA932 Photography 2
 
VA935 AP TWO DIMENSIONAL DESIGN: PHOTOGRAPHY One Credit
This course is designed for motivated students who wish to explore advanced conceptual and formal photographic techniques. AP curriculum enables students to produce a body of work exhibiting a mastery of basic concepts in photography. In addition to advancing design elements and principles in their work, students develop critical decision-making and problem-solving skills related to creativity, inventiveness, and originality. AP Photography is developed as a college-level course geared to high school students. AP Photography portfolios are compiled as the end of the year. Successful completion, submission and scoring of the portfolio (scores of 4 and above) entitles students to receive college credit from participating colleges and universities. Lab fee is required. Pre-requisites: VA933 and/or instructor approval
 
VA942 COMPUTER ART AND GRAPHICS 1 One Credit
In Computer Art and Graphics the student will have the opportunity to explore and expand creative knowledge in the field of electronic imaging and graphic communications. The student will learn the technical skills necessary for artistic problem solving using the elements and principles of design. Current and ongoing developments in the field will be addressed. Emphasis will be on approaching the computer as a creative and practical tool. Lab fee is required.
 
VA944 AP STUDIO ART One Credit
This course is an advanced drawing studio course for the college-bound and career-oriented art student. Emphasis is placed on drawing skills and incorporating drawing skills into other types of artwork. AP Studio Art is developed as a college level course for the high school student. Students will complete a portfolio that fulfills the College Board requirements. Successful submission and high scores on the submitted portfolio entitles students to receive college credit at participating colleges and universities. Lab fee is required. Pre-requisites: Art 3 or art teacher recommendation.
 
VA950 COMPUTER ART AND GRAPHICS 2 One Credit
This course will continue the knowledge gained from Computer Art and Graphics 1 Students will further their studies by using the computer as an art form and exploring multimedia and 3-D design. Computer Art and Graphics 2 is intended to prepare students for a future in the technology arts by exposing them to diverse creative opportunities with sophisticated hardware and software. Students will learn how to use technology as a means to achieve a creative end and appreciate the computer as a viable art form. Pre-requisites: VA942 Computer Art and Graphics
 
VA952 INDEPENDENT STUDY One Credit
This course is taken in conjunction with an advanced level course, such as Art 4/5, Crafts/3-D Design 3, or Photography 3, and with prior permission of the instructor. The objective is to allow advanced level students the opportunity to explore technique and develop proficiency in a selected medium. Seniors only.
 
VA953 COMPUTER ART AND GRAPHICS 3 One Credit
This course will enable students to explore more advanced skills in the field of computer graphics and commercial art. Students will develop work suitable for an extensive portfolio, which is needed in order to become a professional graphic designer. Students will learn to plan, design and create images for multiple industries in the forms of displays, billboards, brochures, packaging, catalogs, books, magazines, newspapers, television and the internet. They will use the computer to aid them in learning commercial design techniques in order to use them in real world applications. Lab fee is required. Pre-requisites: Computer Art and Graphics 2
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