Visual Performing Arts


Saratoga Visual Arts Program
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Art 1


Grade Level- 9-12

Recommended background- None

UC and CSU approved college preparatory Fine Art; subject F requirement

This foundation course is designed to meet the challenge of creating visual art in a compelling and interesting way. Through 2 dimensional experiences the curriculum will provide each artist with the ability to generate creative ideas as well as the skills to execute them. Since learning to create visual art involves learning to see, Art 1 focuses on the development of this essential visual skill. Observational and conceptual exercises will explore the use of a broad variety of materials, techniques, and treatments used to design, draw, and paint. Exposure to art in our community, peer support, and the development of personal sketchbooks will build confidence to create. This course inspires and encourages a positive feeling about the visual arts, and knowledge of the basic techniques and procedures to experience and understand art.

             


Art 2

Grade level: 9-12

Recommended background: C or better in Art 1

Recommendation from Middle School Art teacher.

UC and CSU approved college preparatory Fine Art; subject F requirement

This is an intermediary art course. Further refinement of drawing and painting skills will be the primary focus, but various art making practices and new media may be introduced such as, watercolor, colored pencil ,charcoal and  oil painting,. Visual literacy and visual communication skills will be further developed. The curriculum gradually builds upon itself to move from an exploration in expressive mark making with graphite, charcoal, colored pencil and pastel, to a painting experience. Advanced color theory is then introduced, with painting approaches and brush techniques considered through acrylic, oil and watercolor paint. The lessons encourage creative, imaginative thinking to begin visually communicating personal concepts. Historical and cross-cultural views on art is integrated into lessons and discussions; sketchbooks are highly used.


 

Art 3

Grade level: 9-12

Recommended background: C or better in Art 2

UC and CSU approved college preparatory Fine Art; subject F requirement

This is an advanced level course focused around a specialized area of art and / or around the exploration of a variety of media and techniques. Designed sequentially as the third course in the Drawing and Painting Program, Art 3 is an expansion of the drawing and painting experience. This course develops the artist’s expression to communicate visually and find personal meaning in student work. Through advanced understanding and use of design elements and principles, the beginning of a high quality body of work will be developed in preparation for college and personal portfolios. Assignments will gradually be less structured, allowing for personal motivation towards artistic independence. Sketchbooks become an essential part of documenting growth.

 

In addition, Students will be directed in developing their own creative voice and work for a portfolio. Advanced visual literacy and visual communication skills will be further developed. Historical and contemporary topics will be evident in student work and /or through class discussion.


Art 4H

Grade level: 11-12

Recommended background: Art 1, 2, and 3

UC and CSU approved college preparatory Fine Art; subject F requirement


Students will focus on building their personal portfolio and gain entrepreneurial skills required to become a successful artist.  The art elements and principles of design composition serve as a foundation for each unit covered and attention will be given to visual studio work.  Students will gain knowledge and an appreciation for various art forms and entrepreneurship skills that will lead to a successful career in the visual communications field.

AP Art Studio (10 credits)

Grade level: 11-12

Recommended background: Art 1 , Art 2, and Art 3 and/or 4H

UC and CSU approved college preparatory Fine Art; subject F requirement

This course is designed for the student who is seriously interested in art as a potential college major or career. The  extensive curriculum will include the development of a portfolio that may be used for college admission and submitted to the College Board for the AP Examination. Students will be required to complete homework assignments outside of class.

Ceramics 1

Grade level: 9-12

Recommended background: None

UC and CSU approved college preparatory Fine Art; subject F requirement

This is an introductory art course centered on developing hand-building techniques such as pinch, slab and coil.  Introductory work on the potter’s wheel may be explored.  Techniques in under glazing, sgraffito, additive and subtractive will be explored. In addition, a variety of glazing techniques will be demonstrated.

Ceramics 2,3

Grade level: 10-12

Prerequisite- Ceramics 1

UC and CSU approved college preparatory Fine Art; subject F requirement

In this advanced level ceramics class , students work to refine their skills either working on their hand-building techniques, creating sculptural pieces or refining their skills on the wheel. Students will learn advanced firing and glazing processes.



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