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Studio Art 1A/1B – Introduction to Drawing / Painting
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Length: Two Semesters
Type of Course: Elective; both semesters fulfill UC/CSU VPA requirement

This course is designed to give beginning art students a basic understanding of drawing and painting.  It introduces them to the fundamental elements involved in art, such as the use of line, value, texture, composition, scale, proportion, perspective and foreshortening.  Students also learn how to use different media; for example, charcoal, pencil, ball-point pen, pastel, brush & ink, watercolor, and acrylic.  Students will be introduced to numerous cultural and historical styles and concepts.  Students are given a broad range of subject matter to which they may apply these elements and media; various still-life set-ups, landscape and the figure, all of which will provide the framework for students to expand on their skills, strengthen their personal artistic vision, and broaden their understanding of art.  Through critiques, students will display the ability to aesthetically value and appreciate works of art, as well as understand the relationship between art, culture, and history.


Studio Art 2A/2B – Advanced Drawing / Painting
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Length: Two Semesters
Type of Course: Elective; both semesters fulfill UC/CSU VPA requirement
Prerequisite: Studio Art 1A / 1B, or consent of instructor

This course designed to allow students to broaden their knowledge of media and art skills and to apply this knowledge to strengthen their ideas and concepts.  This course will continue to explore representational art through observational drawing and painting and introduce the student to non-representational art methods and concerns.  The student will also explore conceptually based art work.  The course will be based on a given series of projects to which the student responds.  Students will be introduced to numerous cultural and historical styles and concepts.  All students, on certain projects, will use the same medium for the work; on other projects students will search for the medium that they feel best expresses the intent of the project and / or the conceptual concerns present in the work.  Students in the second semester will propose a series of work based on ideas / concepts generated by the student, all of which will provide the framework for students to expand on their skills, strengthen their personal artistic vision and broaden their understanding of art.  The student chooses the media and method of execution that best expressed the intent of the proposed work.  The student completed a series of studies prior to beginning each project.  Through critiques, students will broaden the ability to aesthetically value and appreciate works of art, as well as understand the relationship between art, culture, and history.

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