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Visual Arts

The art department at CRLS strives for excellence in instruction. Offerings are varied and provide both a solid grounding in the visual arts and scaffolding in all areas to reach a high degree of competence in several visual art disciplines.

CeramicsA021 CP Foundations of Art
This introductory level course will consider the variety of ways that art is used for expressive purposes. This class will focus on the elements of art and the principles of design, using two- and three- dimensional media. Students will draw upon a wide range of materials and techniques to foster their creativity and enhance their problem solving skills. Assignments as well as individual and class critiques will support the development of critical thinking skills. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10

A031 Mixed Media
The focus of this course is on developing student knowledge to create pieces of art work “ off the paper, “while also studying design concepts of fine artists as well as industrial designers, engineers and architects. Students will explore collage, assemblage, sculpture and installation by combining a variety of methods, materials and mediums found in all forms of visual art. The course is designed to strengthen students’ creative problem solving skills and become independent three-dimensional visual learners. Grade: 10,11.12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Foundations of Art

A030 CP Studio Art 1
This course is designed for students who have satisfactorily completed Fundamentals or Foundations of Art and would like to continue to develop their technical and expressive skills. Projects addressing individual and contemporary issues will be assigned as students continue to explore a variety of tools and media including drawing, painting, printmaking and two-and three-dimensional design. Assignments will emphasize development of the artist’s personal voice and the ability to express ideas visually. Students will develop intermediate skills in drawing, the use of elements of art, and principles of design. Grades: 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Foundations of Art

Art in the HallwayA963 HN Studio Art 2
This course is designed for students who want to continue to develop as an artist. A complete understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design as well as the ability to express one’s ideas visually in a variety of media is emphasized. This course consists of in-depth assignments that encourage students to become independent visual thinkers who will contribute creatively and critically to their communities through the making of art. Grades: 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Foundations of Art plus one other visual art course or a portfolio review

A465 AP Studio Art/Portfolio Art
This course is designed for serious art students who intend to submit a portfolio for evaluation by the Advanced Placement Program and/or pursue admission to a program in the visual arts at the post-secondary level. The course is designed to help students develop a portfolio that reflects the quality, quantity, and breadth of first-year college-level standards. Students will be asked to develop a body of work that demonstrates a depth of investigation and a process of discovery as well as works that excel in concept, composition, and execution. Grade: 12; Length: Year (students are encouraged to take it for continuous semesters); Credits: 20; Prerequisites: Foundations of Art, Studio Art 1 and 2

Self-Portraits at CRLSA020 CP Portraits
The main focus of this course is for students to become comfortable with drawing and painting people by drawing what they see, not the symbols in their heads. Students will explore drawing and painting portraits in graphite, and acrylic. Students will visit Youville Retirement Home to draw, paint, and interview the residents. Portraits class is a family-like environment where students become comfortable with each other through development of their art. Grade: 9,10,11,12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: Foundations of Art or permission of the instructor.

A028 CP Jewelry Making
This course will explore basic jewelry making and metal working processes. Assignments will introduce techniques for making jewelry findings, chain and maille, shaping wire, cutting metal, cold joinery, light forming, surface treatments and finishing methods. Projects will be based on skills and concepts as they relate to creating jewelry with additional opportunities to explore the creation of utilitarian objects. By the end of the course, students will become proficient in beading and working with metal, both technically and as a means of artistic expression. Projects include but are not limited to: Beaded jewelry, necklace pendants, drop earrings, cuff bracelets, and rings. Grades: 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10