Philosophy Of The Department
“Art, when really understood, is the province of every human being. Whenever the artist is alive in any person, whatever his work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, self-expressing creature.” Robert Henri (“The Art Spirit”—1962).
We believe that each of us has artistic ability. Our goal is to take each student at their level of development and to help them grow in technical skills, personal expression and visual communication. Some Art students will prepare a portfolio for scholarships, and admissions to colleges and art and design schools. The Art students will work in drawing, painting, photography, clay, framing, and gallery management. Some will find that their high school art classes have laid a foundation for a lifelong interest in art as a hobby or a leisure time activity. All Art students will learn the Elements and Principles of Design and be able to utilize them in their artwork. The students will have the opportunity to develop aesthetic judgments and to learn about our rich Art heritage through Art History, field trips, videos, power-point presentations, prints and guest speakers.
I. Enrollment in any of the advanced art courses is dependent upon the student’s possession of the basic skills appropriate to the desired course. Generally speaking, students who have not maintained at least average marks in Art could not consider their skills adequate for advanced courses.
II. Art work is done in the classroom but there will need to be home practice for advanced levels. Regular attendance and promptness is especially necessary if a student wishes to succeed.
1500/2500—Fundamentals Of Art
This one semester course will introduce to the student a variety of media, skills and techniques, and give students the opportunity to learn, explore and experiment with creative art activity. Drawing, color theory, design, painting and sculpture will be investigated.
Prerequisites: Drawing preferred
Painting 1 is a one-semester course which covers a variety of fundamental painting techniques and medias involved in painting. Students will gain a working knowledge of color mixing and blending, and color theory. Painting 1 students will concentrate on incorporating the elements and principals of design (line, shape, form, color, balance, contrast, emphasis, etc.) along with developing their technical painting skills through organized compositions. They will be encouraged to develop their own unique concepts and creativity throughout the lessons and exercises. Art history will be introduced. (Drawing 1 is recommended as a prerequisite that will provide a prior knowledge of organization and composition that will enhance their ability to show form and depth.)
Prerequisites: Painting **This course may be taken multiple times for credit.
Students will learn more advanced techniques, using primarily water-based paints. They will examine painting styles such as realism, abstraction, impressionism and expressionism through study and discussion of art history. They will continue to develop personal expression and individual style. An emphasis will be placed on developing work for scholarship application and college admissions.
Drawing is a one-semester course which covers a variety of fundamental drawing techniques and medias. Students will be introduced to the proper skills needed to show value, mass, form, and depth to subjects. Portraiture, perspective, and other aspects of drawing “what you see” will be introduced. Drawing students will concentrate on incorporating the elements and principles of design (line, shape, form, color, balance, contrast, emphasis, etc.) along with developing their technical drawing skills through organized compositions. They will be encouraged to develop their own unique concepts and creativity throughout the lessons and exercises. Art history will be introduced.
Prerequisites: Drawing **This course may be taken multiple times for credit.
Students will further develop skills and concepts introduced in the beginning class, with an emphasis on expanded media proficiency. Students will sharpen observational skills, strengthen composition skills and work on projects ranging from realistic, to imaginary to surrealistic. An emphasis will be placed on developing work for scholarship application and college admissions.
This is a beginning course in exploring clay. Techniques include hand construction methods for slab and coil building, wheel throwing, and sculpture. Firing and glazing techniques will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: Sculpting/Clay **This course may be taken multiple times for credit.
This course is a continuation of the construction skills learned in the beginning course. Students will learn more complex techniques that may include wheel throwing and various carving techniques. Students will be encouraged to develop and refine a personal style. There will be an emphasis on design, "craftpersonship", originality and surface decoration. Students will continue to develop their aesthetic judgment through group critique and the study of professional working artists.
Students are required to have their own digital camera (5 megapixel minimum). It is recommended that students purchase a flash drive (1 gigabyte minimum suggested) to store and transfer images as well as a memory card reader. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of photography and digital imaging through the use of Adobe Photoshop software. Beginning studio lighting techniques will be introduced.
Prerequisites: Photography **This course may be taken multiple times for credit.
Students are required to have their own digital camera (5 megapixel minimum). It is recommended that students purchase a flash drive (1 gigabyte minimum suggested) to store and transfer images as well as a memory card reader. This course is a continuation of the skills learned in Photography. Students will work with computer and lighting techniques to build a portfolio of images for future scholarships, competitions and employment.
1547/2547—Advanced Art Techniques
Prerequisites: The student must receive written approval from the Art Department to enroll in this class. **This course may be taken multiple times for credit.
Admission to this class depends upon previous achievement, as well as the instructor’s evaluation of the ability of applicants to meet high standards of individual responsibility, self-direction, creativity, grasp of fundamentals of art, emotional maturity and dependability in creative student-centered classroom.
- To create a two-dimensional portfolio collection for competition. Portfolio must contain eight examples of your best work including at least three drawings. Three-dimensional projects accepted on approval.
2. To create a major art form which integrates the major processes; or to plan independent work of one semester which includes research and in- depth production with a selected art form.
1549/2549—Art Independent Study Program
I. Application and Approval Procedures
A student wishing to enroll in the Independent Study Program shall complete the following plan:
1. Indicate these interests to an art teacher.
2. Submit a written request to the department chairperson.
3. Receive joint approval of counselor, parents and principal.
4. Complete the enrollment with a counselor.
II. Criteria for Selection of Students
Selection of students for the Independent Study Program in Art will be based on the following criteria as they apply to individual students:
1. The student has demonstrated ability to initiate and complete independent study.
2. The student has the need and determination to continue an in-depth study of previous art experiences or has the willingness and openness to explore new areas of investigation in art.
3. The student has talent in one specific area of art.
4. The student is not an art major, but has interest and/or ability but cannot select advanced art courses because of other course requirements.
5. The student is unable to enroll in advanced art courses because of scheduling conflicts.
6. The student has evidence of previous art work presented in a portfolio.
7. The student has made every attempt to participate in regular art courses.
8. The student is enrolled in a course but is so advanced that independent study would be more profitable.
9. The student must be a second semester junior or a senior to qualify for enrollment.
III. Description of Procedures and Content
1. The student and teacher will cooperatively write the objectives for the independent study.
2. The student and teacher will describe the learning experiences essential for achieving the objectives.
B. Seminar Sessions
1. The introductory seminar will be attended by all teachers in the department and all students participating in the Independent Study Program for the purpose of reviewing objectives, procedures and evaluation. Students will be assigned an adviser at this session.
2. The student and adviser will plan a minimum of six meetings during the semester for the purpose of conducting the independent study.
3. Students and teachers will participate in a final seminar to share projects and evaluate the Independent Study Program.
The student will be evaluated by three major criteria:
1. Amount of Time Devoted to Study
2. Achievement of Goals
The advisor and student will identify more specific criteria for each of these three areas. The student and teacher will both complete an evaluation and designate whether the student should receive a “pass” or “fail”. The seminar will not be used in computing GPA; however, the student will receive credit for the study.
IV. Policies for Credit and Material
1. A student will be permitted to earn a total of 1 credit for Independent Study in Art.
2. A student may enroll for only l/2 credit at a time which must be earned within a period of one semester.
1. The total amount of required materials will be limited to an amount to be determined when the school budget becomes firm.
2. The student may purchase other materials on a voluntary basis.
938—Graphic Design 1 (Livonia Career Technical Center - Blue Section)
939—Graphic Design 2 (Livonia Career Technical Center - Blue Section)