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  • Foundations of Graphic Design (7847/7848)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11

    Other Info: JHS only.

    Students will explore computer art and design; emphasis will be placed upon theories and processes that make up graphic design. Projects will be created primarily in Adobe Creative Suite using techniques and tools for the creation of computer art, design layout, and image manipulation. Areas such as computer generated design, typography, advertising design, and printing will be explored. Study and production in the areas of digitized photographic images, visual culture and communications, and drawing and design will be included in the course.

  • Art Fundamentals (8801/8802)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    In this year-long introductory class, students will utilize the Elements and Principles of Design through a wide variety of art media such as drawing, ceramics, printmaking, painting, sculpture and metals. This class is designed to provide students with the foundation necessary to expand into more specialized areas.

  • 2D Art and Design I (8803/8804)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals or senior class standing.

    Other Info: Articulated with Illinois Institute of Art FC101 (Fundamentals of Design).

    Students will learn and practice various two dimensional methods of art creation, including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media. Emphasis is placed on composition, technical drawing and painting, observational drawing and painting, color theory application, and developing a creative voice. Students will focus on learning a range of techniques and building on their foundation. Students will also learn about art history and discuss trends that have affected culture. Students will engage in art criticism of professional and personal works.

  • 2D Art and Design II (8805/8806)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals and 2D Art and Design 1.

    Other Info: This course may be repeated for credit. Articulated with Illinois Institute of Art FC102 (Fundamentals of Design).

    Students will build on and begin to master a variety of concepts and approaches in drawing and painting and other two-dimensional techniques where they will explore their creative voice in creation. Students will demonstrate a range of ability and versatility. Students will focus on quality, concepts and compositional mastery. Emphasis will be placed on art as an ongoing process of creation that involves critical thinking, decision making and problem solving with abstract concepts.

  • 3D Art and Design I (8830/8831)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals or senior class standing.

    Students will learn and practice various three dimensional media and techniques, including, working with clay, sculpture, metal, wire, glass work, carving and many more. Emphasis will be based on foundational skills and techniques needed to express artistic ideas of creation. Students will explore abstract concepts and use problem solving and critical thinking skills from idea to design to completion. Wheel throwing will be introduced in this course.

  • 3D Art and Design II (8832/8833)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals and 3D Art and Design 1.

    Other Info: May be repeated for credit.

    Students will demonstrate knowledge and practice toward mastery in methods of three-dimensional creation with techniques and materials. Students will explore more complex ideas and continue to build on problems solving skills to construct their designs. Students will exhibit a personal voice through their works and concepts. Students will critique and analyze art history and contemporary art and utilize it in their designing process. Students will be encouraged to take risks and explore with three-dimensional mediums they have previously learned to show their voice.

  • Studio Art (8811/8812)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals; and 2D Design I or 3D Design I; and 2D Design II or 3D Design II; and teacher recommendation or divisional approval.

    Other Info: Can be taken with or without concurrent enrollment in AP Studio Art.

    This is a capstone course. Students will determine a technique or medium of focus, for example, drawing, painting, ceramics, metals, mixed media, etc. They will demonstrate mastery of that process throughout the year and create a body of work while forming their personal artistic voice. Students will be encouraged to take risks and explore with different techniques, concepts and compositional approaches. Students will be working toward creating a body of work suitable to use as a portfolio for college entry.

  • Photography I (8813)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals or senior class standing.

    Other Info: Students taking this course at Jacobs High School are strongly recommended to have a digital camera. Students at Dundee-Crown and Hampshire are required to have a 35mm Single Lens Reflex Camera or a digital camera.

    If taken with Photography II, this is articulated with Illinois Institute of Art DPH 114 (Principles of Photography) or GD 104 (Digital Photography). Students will learn and practice digital and manual techniques of photography. Students will capture successful compositions and analyze them while learning the elements and principles of design. Students will learn about the history of photography. Students will utilize Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and other components of Creative Suite 6.

  • Photography II (8814)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals and Photo I.

    Other Info: Students taking this course at Jacobs High School are required to have a digital camera. Students at Dundee-Crown and Hampshire are required to have a 35mm Single Lens Reflex Camera or a digital camera. If taken with Photography I (8313), this is articulated with Illinois Institute of Art DPH 114 (Principles of Photography) or GD 104 (Digital Photography).

    Emphasis will be on purposeful use of elements and principles to create and or capture compositions. Student will explore subjects that inspire their personal voice or they find aesthetically stimulating. At D-CHS and HHS, students will learn dark room methods, materials and techniques. At Jacobs, students will continue to build upon previous digital techniques.

  • Photography III (8815)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals and Photography II.

    Other Info: Students taking this course at Jacobs High School are required to have a digital camera. Students at Dundee-Crown and Hampshire are required to have a 35mm Single Lens Reflex Camera or a digital camera.

    Emphasis will be for students to be intentional about their compositions and subjects. Students will learn about a thematic body of work and start work towards portfolio creation.

  • Photography IV (8816)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals and Photography III.

    Other Info: Students taking this course at Jacobs High School are required to have a digital camera. Students at Dundee-Crown and Hampshire are required to have a 35mm Single Lens Reflex Camera or a digital camera.

    Students will create a body of work to present in a portfolio format with emphasis on concept and themes.

  • Computer Art I (8826)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals.

    Other Info: Articulated with Illinois Institute of Art DPH 241 (Image Manipulation).

    Students will explore computer art and design. Projects will be created primarily on Adobe Photoshop using techniques and tools for the creation of computer art, design layout, and image manipulation. Areas such as computer generated design, typography, advertising design, and printing will be explored. This course introduces students to Photoshop and other imaging software as a design tool and a means of producing finished art work. Study and production in the areas of digitized photographic images, visual communications, and drawing and design will be included in the course.

  • Computer Art II (8827)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals and Computer Art I.

    Students will apply techniques and tools for the creation of computer art, design layout, using the web as an advertising tool, image manipulation, and digital drawing reference. Areas such as computer generated design, typography, advertising design, and printing will be explored. Students will use Photoshop and Dreamweaver to create designs for advertising and artistic concepts. Students will be introduced to more complex concepts and techniques of graphic design and illustration.

  • Computer Art III (8828)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Computer Art II.

    Students will apply techniques and tools for the creation of computer art, design layout, using the web as an advertising tool, image manipulation, and digital drawing. Areas such as computer generated design, typography, advertising design, and printing will be explored. Students will use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver to create designs for advertising and artistic concepts.

  • Computer Art IV (8829)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Computer Art III.

    Students will create a body of work to present in a portfolio format with emphasis on concept and themes.

  • AP Art History (8526/8527)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Students will explore the nature of art, its uses and meanings, art making, and responses to art. Through investigation of diverse artistic traditions of cultures from prehistory to the present, the course fosters in-depth and holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students learn and apply skills of visual, contextual, and comparative analysis to engage with a variety of art forms, constructing understanding of individual works and interconnections of art-making processes and products throughout history. Upon completion of the class, students are encouraged to take the AP exam for possible college credit.

  • AP Studio Art (8530/8531)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 12

    Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals; and 2D Design I or 3D Design I; and 2D Design II or 3D Design II; and teacher recommendation or divisional approval. Portfolio application process begins in first semester of junior year.

    Other Info: Recommended to be taken concurrently with Studio Art.

    Advanced Placement Studio Art is a yearlong college-level art-making and portfolio development experience for serious art students. In this class, students discuss and evaluate their work, explore and formulate new ideas to strengthen the content of their work, and study the work of experienced artists through slides, the internet, field trips, and selected readings. Demonstrations of new techniques are presented on an individual basis to further a student’s art-making. Students choose one area of concentration early in the year and prepare one of the following portfolios for submission to the College Board in the spring: Drawing, 2-Dimensional Design, or 3-Dimensional Design. Students should expect to continue to work on artwork and projects outside of class. This requires a commitment of 3 to 4 hours per week.