Art Courses

Courses Offered

* Linked Semester Courses are 2.5 credits each, however full year intermediate, Honors, Levels 2&3, courses will be offered to those students who are Art majors and are in need of building art portfolios.

flhs_art_website

Click on course title for a linkpdf button to prerequitites and additional course information.

Applied Arts - This course is designed for students who are interested in expanding their knowledge of applied design skills and craft making. The course will serve students who are interested in the creative process outside the confines of the fine art aesthetic. Applied Arts will emphasize hand building, kinesthetic mastery, and physical production of works intended to serve both utilitarian and aesthetic needs. Students will explore basic production techniques and will be introduced to studio procedures and general studio safety.


Drawing - The purpose of Drawing is to introduce students to different approaches to drawing while applying the elements of art and principles of design to develop skills and sensitivity to line, shape, color, value, texture and composition. A variety of mixed media and drawing techniques will be explored. Students will be expected to develop technical skills and their own styles of drawing.


Painting - The purpose of Painting is to introduce students to different approaches to painting and painting techniques using a variety of media. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of art and principles of design with a specific focus on color and composition. Students will develop technical skills and personal style. A variety of subject matter will be explored.


Fine Art II - The Fine Art II course is designed for those Fine Art I students who want to further pursue the study of two dimensional art making. The focus is on how students can apply their knowledge of technique building skills they learned in Fine Art I and how they can apply this knowledge to create more imaginative approaches to making their own art. A more advanced exploration of drawing mediums is incorporated along with more advanced painting techniques. Art History references will be incorporated when appropriate. Students will be expected to complete an oral and written report that reflects the unit on Careers in Art.


Fine Art III Honors - The Fine Art III Honors class is an advanced class that is treated as a “pre AP Studio Drawing” class. This course is structured so that the student will have a portfolio that will be useful for them when they are applying to colleges, for interviewing, or for the annual National Portfolio Day event. The class can also be useful not only for portfolio preparation but for the student who wants to further increase their art skills beyond the Fine Art II class. There will be a continued exploration of various art historical periods, with a possible museum visit in marking periods 1 and 3. Students will be expected to complete a written and oral report that reflects a unit on art history.


Studio Skills - The purpose of Studio Skills is to introduce the student to the key concepts of visual communication and help the student develop competence in the hand skills required for graphic design; including exploration of image making media, industry tools and standards, visualizing techniques, three-dimensional packaging techniques, and presentation techniques. A variety of media and their applications will be explored. All students will be expected to develop their creativity through the acquisition of technical skills as well as their own style of design.


Computer Graphics - The purpose of Computer Graphics is to introduce the student to the technology and associated skills required by the graphic design industry. The student will develop basic proficiency in the use of the Macintosh platform, the Adobe Creative Suite, and associated peripheral hardware such as digital cameras, scanners, and printers. While this course is designed to compliment the Studio Skills course, it is also accessible to the student with no prior coursework. All students will be expected to develop their creativity through the acquisition of technical skills as well as their own style of design.


Intermediate Graphic Design - The purpose of Graphic Design Intermediate is to provide a continuation of theconcepts learned in Graphic Design Foundations, with greater emphasis placed ondigital production and technology. Students will continue to develop problem-solving skills through group projects and critiques. The advanced features of the Adobe Creative Suite will be taught along with the technical skills necessary for serious career and industry placement. A basic exploration of the darkroom and photographic processes as relevant to the field of graphic design will also be offered. Students will be given the option to choose an area of specialization or stay within a broader survey of the course. Students will be required to construct a professional portfolio and resume as part of their final exam.


Graphic Design Honors - The purpose of Graphic Design Honors is to provide a continuation of the concepts learned in Graphic Design Intermediate. The course is designed to prepare students for advancement into the professional field of printed media design and production. Students continue to polish their technical skills, through the completion of a series of individual and group projects, while continuing to develop professional portfolios. Students are given the opportunity to gain professional graphic design experience through their participation in the design and production of a variety of school media projects such as posters, programs, tickets, brochures, and flyers. Students will begiven the option to choose an area of specialization or stay within a broader survey of the course. Students will be required to construct a professional portfolio and resume as part of their final exam.


Pottery - The purpose of Pottery is to introduce students to the properties and techniques of the potter’s wheel, surface treatments, and the physical properties of clay and glazes, as they relate to three dimensional design in clay. The historical and cultural aspects of pottery are also explored throughout the course.


Ceramics - The purpose of Ceramics is to introduce students to the properties and techniques of hand-building, surface treatment, and the physical properties of clay and glazes, as they relate to three-dimensional design in clay.


Pottery II - The purpose of Pottery II is a reemphasis in the skills and techniques acquired in Pottery I. It also provides the students with a broader and more technical aspect of working with clay. The historical and cultural aspects of ceramics are also explored throughout the course. When appropriate, an awareness of the topic relevance to business and/or industrial applications is provided for each student.


Sculpture & 3D Design - Sculpture is the art of manipulating materials to create 3-Dimensional form. Carving and modeling are the traditional techniques used in sculpture that have dated back from pre-historic times. This course will be teaching students how to manipulate materials and techniques in order to provide a solid foundation on which to build their skills and express themselves 3-Dimensionally. This course will allow students to understand different cultures and art movements throughout history. The beauty of making sculpture in the classroom is that students will be able to choose from a wide variety of materials and techniques. Students will be able to utilize traditional sculpting materials such as: paper, cardboard, plaster, papier mache, clay, wire and wood. The Sculpture and 3-Dimensional Design course will be a pre-requisite for any student who is interested in taking the Advanced Placement 3-D course.


Cultural Foundations of Art & History - This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the cultural foundations of history by observing and creating works of art. Students will examine and explore the historical relationship between art and propaganda. With the application piece of this course, students experiment with a variety of materials in order to explore and understand strategies for expressing meaning as they gain knowledge and familiarity in the use of the wide variety of materials that are part of contemporary art.


AP Studio Art- 2D, Drawing & 3D - AP Studio Art provides students with the opportunity to create portfolios of college-level work, which are submitted for evaluation in the spring. Qualifying portfolio scores enable students to earn college credit and/or advanced placement. The AP Program offers three portfolios: Drawing, 2-D Design and 3-D Design. Each portfolio contains three required sections: Quality, Concentration and Breadth. Students are required to upload digital images and commentary, which are then submitted to the AP Program via the Digital Submission Web application. The Drawing and 2-D Design portfolios also require students to send actual artworks. AP Studio Art is an intensive course, which addresses advanced concepts in drawing, painting, design, and sculpture. A substantial amount of work will be required outside of class. While the production of art is the primary focus of the class there is a strong emphasis on critical and analytical thinking. Students engage in in-depth critiques, read critical and art historical selections, and write reviews of student works and master works


AP Art History - The purpose of Advanced Placement Art History is to give students the opportunity to gain college credit in an introductory art history course. Students gain an understanding of history and aesthetics through the examination and discussion of painting, sculpture, graphics, and architecture in a variety of cultural contexts. For the student artist this course lays the necessary foundation for a more informed and sophisticated understanding of the visual arts. For the non-artist this course serves as an introduction to aesthetic and historical implications of art without the need for the student to participate in creative production. Strong reading, writing, and work/study skills are encouraged and emphasized. Students are required to take the AP Art History Examination offered by the College Board at the conclusion of this course.

Directions to FLHS

Fair Lawn High School

14-00 Berdan Ave.     GOOGLE MAPS

Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

201-794-5450

 

 

Login