Art Courses

The art courses offered at Westbrook High School appeal to the needs of not only the serious art student, but to the interested student who enjoys the process of creating and self expression.  Those students possessing artistic skills will have the opportunity to further expand, develop, and refine their natural abilities to seriously pursue art as an avocation or a career. Those students, who may not believe they are artistically talented, but possess a genuine interest in the subject, will be given the opportunity to develop new skills that will enrich their perception and appreciation of the world around them.

Those students planning to pursue art-related careers are strongly encouraged to take at least three years of art so that they will have sufficient time to develop their portfolios, requirement for entrance into most art schools and universities.

601901 - 2D Studio Art I

With no drawing experience necessary, drawing and painting 1 is an introductory class that emphasizes the elements of art and principles of design. Students will learn to express themselves, exploring a variety of 2D media and techniques while learning about artistic movements and aesthetics. This course encourages creativity, problem solving, and the development of technical skills.

Prerequisite: None
Credit: ½
Grades: 9 through 12
Length: 1 Semester
Weight: 1.0
 
601902 – 2D Studio Art II

Students will continue to explore the visual arts through advanced projects in drawing, painting and printmaking. Students work toward the development and enhancement of personal style and expression. Assignments are design to promote divergent thinking and original vision through natural and man-made objects, still life composition and the human figure. A variety of media will be used, including pencil, charcoal, and conte, pastel, silk screen t-shirts, oil pastels, watercolor and acrylic painting. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will also be incorporated into this course.

Prerequisite: 2-D Studio Art I
Credit: ½
Grades: 9 through 12
Length: 1 Semester
Weight: 1.0
 
601921 – Digital Photography I

This class is an exploration of what makes a good photograph. Students will learn about composition, camera control, light, and subject matter. Through many creative assignments, students will gain experience using Adobe Photoshop, cameras on their phones, point and shoot cameras, and DSLR cameras. Students will also learn about how a camera works and build their own pinhole cameras.
Prerequisite: None
Credit: ½
Grades: 9 through 12
Length: 1 Semester
Weight: 1.0
 
601922 – Photography II

This course aims to introduce students to photographic practices and techniques within a creative studio environment as well as developing a personal style. The primary objective of the course is to provide students with intensive hands-on advanced technical experience with B&W photography and alternative photographic processes while also familiarizing them with the critical and theoretical debates surrounding photography in general.

Prerequisite: Photography I
Credit: ½
Grades: 9 through 12
Length: 1 Semester
Weight 1.0
 
601903 – 3D Studio Art I

This course is an introduction to sculpture and ceramics. Students study the basic art elements and the principles of design to guide their ideas into a sound three-dimensional representation. Students will learn basic techniques by modeling with clay, working with wire and creating assemblages with found objects. This studio workshop course will also introduce students to basic pottery such as hand-building techniques of pinch, coil and slab. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of media along with contemporary artists and art history.

Prerequisite: None
Credit: ½
Grades: 9 through 12
Length: 1 Semester
Weight: 1.0
 
601904 – 3D Studio Art II

This course introduces the student to solving spatial and conceptual problems through sculpture and ceramics. Students study the concepts of mass, form, movement, composition, and spatial relationships as well as the translation of ideas into three-dimensional representation. Some projects may involve casting or carving in plaster. This studio workshop course will explore advanced ceramic techniques in hand-building. Students are taught to throw cylindrical forms on the potter's wheel and to combine techniques to produce functional and sculptural clay.

Prerequisite: 3-D Studio Art I
Credit: ½
Grades: 9 through 12
Length: 1 Semester
Weight: 1.0
 
601941 - Advanced Studio Art / Portfolio Development

This course is specifically designed for the serious student with a passion to continue his/her development in the visual arts as well as the career minded student who is seeking admission to an art school. The entire course of study will be constructed in respect to the portfolio demands and scholarship requirements established by art schools and reflected through the student’s creative needs and abilities. This course is for students who are now ready to design their own assignments and explore media using the teacher as resource.
As a potential art major in college, the Advanced Studio student researches, and draws upon the contemporary art scene and various periods of art history in order to enrich his or her own work. Visits by art school representatives, class critiques, sketchbook assignments, visits to art galleries, and career guidance are standard parts of this course of study.
 
Prerequisite: 80 or better in 2-D Studio Art I & II (Drawing & Painting I & II) or permission of instructor
Credit: 1
Grades: 11 through 12
Length: 1 Year
Weight: 1.1

 

601930: Art Expressions      (both semesters)

 

Art Expression is an introductory level course for all interested in art. Basic concepts will be covered, such as subject matter, various media, and the elements and principles of art and design. This course will be the prerequisite of all art courses at the Westbrook High as it will instill problem solving, creative expression, and the foundation for technical skill development.

Prerequisite:  None

Credit: ½

Grades: predominantly freshman; open to 9-12

Length: 1 semester

Weight: 1.0

 

601931: Drawing     (semester 1)

 

This course emphasizes technical skill in drawing. Drawing is a fundamental skill in art. This course will explore various media as well as different skills, composition, and subject matter. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated with this course. Students are required to keep a sketchbook to complete class and homework assignments.

Prerequisite:  Art Expressions or 2D Art

Credit: ½

Grades: 9-12

Length: 1 semester

Weight: 1.0

 

 

601932: Painting     (semester 2)

 

Students will continue to explore 2D art through various painting media and techniques. Various subject matters will be explored including still life objects, portraits, and landscapes. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated with this course. Students are required to keep a sketchbook to complete class and homework assignments.

Prerequisite:  Art Expressions or 2D Art

Credit: ½

Grades: 9-12

Length: 1 semester

Weight: 1.0

 

601923: Darkroom Photography   (semester 1)

 

This course is an introduction to photography with a focus on darkroom photographic practices. Students will learn about art criticism, composition, film camera functions, exposure, and darkroom processes. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated with this course. Students are required to keep a sketchbook to complete class and homework assignments.

Prerequisite: Art Expressions or 2D Art

Credit: ½

Grades: 9-12

Length: 1 semester

Weight: 1.0

 

 

601924: Digital Photography      (semester 2)

 

This course is a continuation of learning about the art of photography. The focus of this course is on digital photography applications using Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, Bridge, and Lightroom.  Various technical and compositional techniques will be explored. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated with this course. Students are required to keep a sketchbook to complete class and homework assignments.

Prerequisite: 2D art or Darkroom Photography

Credit: ½

Grades: 9-12

Length: 1 semester

Weight: 1.0

 

601933: Sculpture       (semester 1)

 

This course is an introduction to sculpture. Students will learn basic techniques in clay, wire, stone, and found object assemblage. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated with this course. Students are required to keep a sketchbook to complete class and homework assignments.

Prerequisite: Art Expressions or 3D Art

Credit: ½

Grades: 9-12

Length: 1 semester

Weight: 1.0

 

601934: Ceramics       (semester 2)

 

This course is an introduction to ceramics. Students will learn basic techniques in clay. Students will be introduced to ceramic techniques of hand building, wheel throwing, and various glazing techniques. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated with this course. Students are required to keep a sketchbook to complete class and homework assignments.

Prerequisite:  3D Art or Sculpture

Credit: ½

Grades: 9-12

Length: 1 semester

Weight: 1.0

 

601941: Advanced Studio Art/ Portfolio Development      (full year)

 

This course is designed for students planning to pursue fine arts in college. The students will be developing and refining a body of work to present to art schools which represents the best of their capabilities, their personal creative style, and their interests in a future art career. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated with this course. Students are required to keep a sketchbook to complete class and homework assignments.

Prerequisite: 85 or higher in any art courses (2D or 3D Art), at least 3 semesters of art courses/permission of instructor

Credit:  1

Grades: 11-12

Length: Full Year

Weight: 1.0