• ART DEPARTMENT

    TEACHERS

     
    Troy Burkhart                        Megan Bishop Barner
     
                                      Troy Burkhart                                             Megan Barner                                 
                                  tburkhart@umasd.org                          mbarner@umasd.org                         
       

     Art Courses

    STUDIO ART MAJOR 

     

     Studio Art I
    (1 credit)
    Yearly - Daily


    In this fundamental art course, students will practice basic techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic arts, and sculpture. Students should have knowledge of color theory, range of value, paint properties, and compositional balance. This is a good course for any student that wants to pursue a career in any of thevisual arts. Students will receive quarterly sketchbook assignments.

    Completion of both Drawing & Sculpture with a "B" average can be substituted for Studio Art I.

     
    Studio Art II
    (1 credit)
    Yearly - Daily


    This course is an expansion of Studio Art I, focusing on a greater knowledge of artistic fundamentals and skills. It is designed for serious students who aspire to attend an art school. Students’ focus will be to express their creativity in all art forms. A greater emphasis will be placed on portfolio preparation, evaluation and critiquesessions. Students will receive quarterly sketchbook assignments.

    Prerequisite: Drawing and Sculpture completed together OR Studio Art I 

    Studio Art III
    (1 credit)
    Yearly - Daily

    An expansion of Studio Art II, it is designed for the passionate student that wishes to convey their creativity inall art forms. A greater emphasis will be placed on portfolio preparation through the investigation of designelements, production and evaluation/critique sessions. Additional outside of class preparation is necessary forcompletion of projects.

     

    AP Studio Art Courses (1 credit) Yearly - Daily

    Each AP Studio Art course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a traditional exam; instead, students submit portfolios and artist statements to the College Board for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolio options — 2-D Design (664), Drawing (665), and 3-D Design/Ceramics (667) - corresponding to the three most common college foundation courses. According to surveys of comparable curricula at four-year colleges and universities, they are each equivalent to a college art course.

    The Advanced Placement Studio Art course will:

             ● Encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues.

             ● Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making.

             ● Help students develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of the visual elements.

             ● Encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art.

    Comprehensive preparation and guided structure for the AP Studio Art Portfolio is also provided.

    Prerequisite: Art Teacher recommendation or grade of B or higher in Studio Art II or Ceramics II. Summer work required.

    AP Studio Art: 2D Design Art & Design
    (1 credit) HONORS
    Yearly - Daily

    For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate understanding of 2-D design, through the use and interpretations of the elements of art and principles of design, via any two dimensional medium or process, including, but not limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, and printmaking.

     

    AP Studio Art: Drawing
    (1 credit) HONORS
    Yearly - Daily

    The drawing portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Line quality, light and shade, rendering a form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark making are drawing issues that can be addressed in the creation of representational or abstract art through painting, printmaking, charcoal, pencil, ink, and mixed media.

     

     CERAMICS MAJOR

    Ceramics I

    (1 credit)
    Yearly - Daily

    The ceramics course is designed for the student who is interested in working with clay. It includes the use of the potter’s wheel and introduces students to the basic construction methods (pinch, coil, slab, sculpture). Students will be required to use each method to complete projects. Students will be required some outside time to plan these projects.

    Basic ceramics is not a requirement for this course.

     
    Ceramics II

    (1 credit)
    Yearly - Daily

    Students will improve proficiency in wheel throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques through all steps of the ceramics process. Ceramics II will serve students with an emphasis on functional, sculptural and decorative pottery techniques. Students are encouraged to explore and utilize all the facets of this rewarding medium. Students may require some outside time to plan these projects.

    Prerequisite: B or better in Ceramics I.

    Advanced Ceramics Design

    (1 credit)
    Yearly - Daily

    A continuation of the skills, techniques and processes acquired in the Ceramics II course, the students will be exploring further possibilities in the medium of clay and other 3 dimensional materials. Students will be required to work on a larger scale and produce more advanced work. Students will be required to plan these projects outside of class.

    Prerequisite: B or better in Ceramics I and II 

     

    AP Studio Art Courses (1 credit) Yearly - Daily

    Each AP Studio Art course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a traditional exam; instead, students submit portfolios and artist statements to the College Board for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolio options — 2-D Design (664), Drawing (665), and 3-D Design/Ceramics (667) - corresponding to the three most common college foundation courses. According to surveys of comparable curricula at four-year colleges and universities, they are each equivalent to a college art course.

    The Advanced Placement Studio Art course will:

             ● Encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues.

             ● Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making.

             ● Help students develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of the visual elements.

             ● Encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art.

    Comprehensive preparation and guided structure for the AP Studio Art Portfolio is also provided.

    Prerequisite: Art Teacher recommendation or grade of B or higher in Studio Art II or Ceramics II. Summer work required.

     

    AP Studio Art: 3D Art & Design
    (1 credit) HONORS
    Yearly - Daily

    For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate understanding of 3-D design through any three dimensional approach, including, but not limited to, figurative or non-figurative sculpture, metal work, ceramics, pottery, glass work, installation, and assemblage.

     

    ART ELECTIVES

     

    Basic Ceramics (0.5 credit)
    Semester - Daily

    Basic Ceramics is a beginning course focused on the three hand building methods in clay. Students will explore pinch, coil, and slab methods and their many possibilities. They will also learn the science of the ceramic process through the clay and glaze reactions in the kiln. Wheel instruction is not included. This is a semester course designed for students who have not taken Ceramics I or II.

    Painting (0.5 credit)
    Semester - Daily


    This is an introductory course that covers basic painting techniques with an emphasis on classic and contemporary application of watercolor, acrylic, and tempera media. Students will learn to express themselves through color and composition with various painting styles and applications.

    Prerequisite: Drawing skills recommended but not required

     

    Drawing (0.5 credit)
    Semester - Daily

    Drawing is fundamental to the vocabulary of an artist, and is an essential tool for observing, recording and responding to the world around us. This course is ideal for those who need to sharpen their basic drawing skills, whether you are a new or experienced artist! Using a variety of drawing materials including pencil, charcoal, marker or ink, students are introduced to the technical elements of line, tone, form and composition. It is an excellent foundation course for students looking to progress into Studio Art I. 

    Sculpture (0.5 credit)
    Semester - Daily


    This course is designed to focus on the three dimensional aspects of art. Unconventional sculpture assignments encourage exploration of the relationship between materials, tools, sculptural form, and aesthetics in the creation of structures. Some of the materials that may be explored will be paper/cardboard, papier-mâché, clay, metals, and wire. Using a large variety of scavenged, recycled and natural materials, students will stretch their creative problem-solving skills. 

    The Art of Digital Photography (0.5 credit)
    Semester - Daily

    This photographic course is designed to acquaint students with the ins and outs of digital imaging and publication by applying them to digital cameras and the computer. From capture to print, learn to optimize, manipulate and compose photographic imagery using the computer as a tool to enhance the art elements and compositional criteria of a photograph or digital image. Required course materials include a digital camera with SD card.