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Introduction to Art Studio 2-D

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06070300

This is an introductory course in art that will provide students with a basic understanding of two-dimensional art in many areas. Students will develop basic skills and techniques within drawing, print making, painting and design while studying and discussing artists and art movements. Together, the courses, Intro to Art Studio 2-D and 3-D, provide a sampling of the full range of art offerings and are meant to help students when making decisions about future art courses.

Introduction to Art Studio 3-D

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06070400

This is an introductory course in art that will provide students with a basic understanding of three-dimensional art. Students will develop basic skills and techniques within sculpture, fibers, ceramics, and metals while studying and discussing artists and art movements. Together, the courses, Intro to Art Studio 2-D and 3-D, provide a sampling of the full range of art offerings and are meant to help students when making decisions about future art courses.

Communication Design 1

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06100500

Communication Design supports students who are interested in learning graphic design, illustration, motion graphics, and interactive design. Students will develop conceptual problem-solving and technical skills in order to create authentic and impactful images, messages, designs, artifacts, and experiences across various digital platforms. Students will use Photoshop and various other software from Industry Standard Software, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud. Students will learn to use a combination of logical reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, and artistic creativity. No prior experience with digital platforms is needed but students should be open to working on the computer daily.

Communication Design 2

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06100600

Students continue their study within Communication Design with a focus on Composition and Design. An emphasis on the Principles of Design and their impact on the communication of ideas across various digital platforms is explored.

Communication Design 3 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06100303

Students continue their study within Communication Design with a focus on Artistic Voice. Students will develop a style and technique across various different digital platforms for communication. A strong foundation in Elements and Principles will allow students to create dynamic compositions that develop conceptual ideas and a portfolio of work.

Communication Design 4/5 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06100403

Students continue their study within Communication Design with a focus on Artistic Practice. Students should have a strong technical and conceptual foundation that will help define a body of work. Students develop and refine their work through a sequence of unique critique-centric and technical seminars while benefitting from the mentorship of a faculty advisor. Student-driven projects will create a unique point of view and highly individualized portfolios.

Art History

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06040100

The history of our world is chronicled by the art and crafts of past cultures. They are the concrete evidence of the life and societies of the past. This course is designed to enlighten students about the arts of past and present cultures and how these cultures impact us today. Students will study images, artists, materials, aesthetics and criticism. They will take field trips, view films and do research. While this is mostly an academic course, there will also be hands-on activities.

Art and Modern Culture

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06050100

This one semester elective dealing with our cultural identity as Americans. TV, movies, fashion, video games, magazines, billboards, web pages, catalogs are all part of the visual culture around us. In this class, students will explore and investigate cultural identifiers using visual images and have the opportunity to produce graphic artwork. No art background is necessary for this course.

Metal Arts 1

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06020100

Basic metalworking and jewelry-making techniques are covered in this introductory course. Working with a variety of metals including copper, silver and brass, students learn how to craft small metal objects and wearable art. Possibilities range from containers and mobiles to bracelets, neckpieces, earrings, rings and anklets. Techniques introduced are sawing, soldering, riveting, stone setting and inlay. This course emphasizes design and also focuses on adornment from different cultures.

Metal Arts 2

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Metal Arts 1.
  • Course Number: 06020502

This course is a continuation of skill building from Metal Arts 1. In this course, students improve their basic metalworking and jewelry-making techniques by working with a variety of metals including copper, silver, and brass to craft small metal objects and wearable art. Possibilities range from containers and mobiles to bracelets, neckpieces, earrings, rings, and anklets. Techniques include sawing, soldering, riveting, stone setting and inlay. This course emphasizes design and also focuses on adornment from different cultures.

Advanced Metal Arts 3 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Metal Arts 2 and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06020703

This course teaches advanced Metal Arts skills. Chasing, embossing, forging, appliqué, marriage of metals, chain mail, casting, and the construction of hollow forms are introduced. Projects are assigned that involve more complicated soldering techniques and more advanced design approaches. In addition to metal, the exploration of alternative materials is encouraged, i.e., wood, plastic, glass. At this level, students will work more conceptually.

Advanced Metal Arts 4 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Advanced Metal Arts 3 and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06020903

At this level, students will continue to develop and advance their skills within their chosen Metals concentrations while developing a portfolio of Metal Arts work. Students will be expected to produce work of high quality and quantity. Additionally, homework and research will be expected.

Advanced Metal Arts 5 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Advanced Metal Arts 4 and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06021103

At this level students will continue to develop and advance their skills within their chosen metals concentrations while developing a portfolio of advanced metal arts work. Students will be expected to produce work of high-level quality and quantity. Additionally, homework and research will be expected.

Ceramics 1

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06030100

Students will work with clay to create functional and sculptural pieces. Hand-building techniques including pinch, coil, and slab are taught as well as basic techniques for using the potter’s wheel and for making ceramic sculpture. Students will design, decorate, glaze and fire their work for permanency. Students enrolled in this class will have the opportunity to work with the CADD class to engage in cross-curricular lessons.

Ceramics 2

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a successful completion of Ceramics 1.
  • Course Number: 06030202

In Ceramics 2, students will have the opportunity to improve their skills of using the potter’s wheel and create more advanced hand-built projects. Students will also gain a greater understanding of aesthetic qualities in ceramics and an appreciation of contemporary and historical ceramics.

Advanced Ceramics 3 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Ceramics 2 and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06030503

In Advanced Ceramics 3 H, students will design and create complicated clay works. Students will have the opportunity to concentrate on potter’s wheel techniques, advanced conceptual hand building assignments, or explore both. In addition, students will gain a greater understanding of aesthetic qualities in ceramics, an appreciation of contemporary and historical ceramics and kiln loading and firing procedures.

Advanced Ceramics 4 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Advanced Ceramics 3 and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06030703

Students will continue to develop and advance their ceramic skills within their chosen concentrations while developing a portfolio of ceramic work.

Advanced Ceramics 5 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Advanced Ceramics 4 and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06030903

Students will continue to develop and advance their ceramic skills within their chosen concentrations while developing a portfolio of advanced ceramic work.

Film-Photography 1

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06060100

Become the next Steven Spielberg or Alfred Hitchcock. Make movies using digital video cameras and edit them in our digital darkroom. Take photos using a digital SLR camera and manipulate them using Adobe Photoshop. Watch great movies and view acclaimed photographs from great directors and artists. This course concentrates on film and photography as both a creative and technical means of communication. Ownership of a camera is not necessary.

Film-Photography 2

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Film- Photography 1 and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06060200

Students will continue to develop and advance their filmmaking and photography skills. Photoshop and other Adobe software are further explored as integral parts of furthering student work and portfolio development.

Advanced Film-Photography 3 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Film- Photography 2 H and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06060303

Through photographic/film and writing assignments, students will expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic investigations of film or photography through an advanced curriculum that includes: photographic/film production, visual presentations, digital literacy, writing assignments, discussions and critiques. Photoshop and other Adobe software are explored as integral parts of furthering students’ work and portfolio development. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of photographs or films and an artist’s statement.

Advanced Film-Photography 4 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Film-Photography 3 H and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06060403

Through photographic/film and writing assignments, students will discover the varied ways in which photographers/ filmmakers can approach and interpret their own ideas, messages and stories through photographic/film imagery. Students entering the Advanced Program should have a strong technical and conceptual foundation and will define a body of work on which they plan to focus. Students will be comfortable while working in digital software programs including the Adobe Suite. Students develop and refine their work through a sequence of unique critique-centric and technical seminars while benefitting from the mentorship of a faculty advisor; studio workshops focused on digital literacy will aid students in more advanced editing and digital manipulation. The Advanced Program emphasizes the role of critique in the creative process; students are actively pushed to challenge and expand their established relationship with photography.

Advanced Film-Photography 5 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Film- Photography 4 H and the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Course Number: 06060503

Through photographic/film and writing assignments, students will discover the varied ways in which the photographer/filmmaker can approach and interpret their own ideas, messages and stories through photographic/film imagery. Students entering the Advanced Program should have a strong technical and conceptual foundation and will define a body of work on which they plan to focus. Students develop and refine their work through a sequence of unique critique-centric and technical seminars while benefitting from the mentorship of a faculty advisor; studio workshops focused on digital literacy will aid students in more advanced editing and digital manipulation. The Advanced Program emphasizes the role of critique in the creative process; students are actively pushed to challenge and expand their established relationship with photography with the simultaneous support of the community. The program culminates in a student exhibition.

Art 1 Studio

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06010200

Come express yourself! Draw, paint, learn color theory, sculpt and discover 2-D and 3-D design. Develop the right side of your brain, through studying artists, both present and past, engaging in fun exercises, and gaining the confidence to create art. The purchase of a sketchbook is recommended for this course.

Art 2 Studio

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Art Studio 1.
  • Course Number: 06010400

Art 2 Studio is intended for students who wish to further develop and expand their creative talents. Students enjoy the opportunity to pursue areas of interest. All media are available for your students’ creative expression.

Art 3 Studio

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Art Studio 2.
  • Course Number: 06010600

As a culmination of the work begun in Art 1 Studio and Art 2 Studio, this course will present students with the opportunity to explore areas of artistic interest, to be a “real” artist-developing ideas independently, and experiment in various media or specialize in the medium of your choice.

9th Grade Art H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 9
  • Course Number: 06010903

This year-long, rigorous Honors course introduces ninth-graders to a variety of materials used in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces. Over the course of the year, students will draw, paint, sculpt, and utilize digital technologies to begin developing their portfolios. Successful completion of this course will prepare students for additional years of Art Honors course work.

Art 1 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in a prior art class and the recommendation of the instructor
  • Course Number: 06010303

Students in this class develop a great art portfolio, learn to draw realistically, and learn to design like a professional. Students will work in class and at home in a variety of media. All students will keep a personal sketchbook/research journal.

Art 2 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Art 1 H and the recommendation of the instructor
  • Course Number: 06010503

In this course, students continue the studies begun in Art 1 H. Color theory and composition continue to be stressed through a variety of media including painting, printmaking, pastels, sculpture and digital media. Personal expression and conceptual thought are introduced.

Art 3 H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have a grade of “B” or higher in Art 2 H and the recommendation of the instructor
  • Course Number: 06010713

This course focuses on conceptual thinking and technical mastery. The course begins by focusing on oil painting and portfolio completion. The course also encompasses printmaking, bookbinding, sculpture and digital media. In the second semester, students will make a proposal that outlines their independent course of art production.

AP Studio Art

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisites: It is recommended that interested students have successful completion of any LMSD art course and recommendation of the Department Chair
  • Course Number: 06010804

The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios including 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing, corresponding to the most common college foundation courses. AP Studio Art sets a national standard for performance in the visual arts that contributes to the significant role the arts play in academic environments. Each year the thousands of portfolios that are submitted in AP Studio Art are reviewed by college, university, and secondary school art instructors using rigorous standards. This program provides the only national standard for performance in the visual arts that allows students to earn college credit.

International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Classes

International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Class Sequence:

  • IB Visual Arts SL-or- IB Visual Arts HL Part 1 (Year 1)
  • IB Visual Art HL Part 2 (Year 2)

*It is not necessary to be a member of the IB Program to take the IB art classes.

IB Visual Arts-SL (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/Credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06080105

This single-year course consists of 70% studio work and 30% homework in a research workbook. This course is designed to meet the needs of students in the program who, as part of their studies, wish to further their understanding of the arts and how they impact on their lives and their futures. IB Visual Arts is also for more advanced students who wish to continue developing a portfolio with the intention of attending art school or another institution of higher learning with an art major. This course will provide all students with the opportunity to develop aesthetic, imaginative, and creative facilities; will enable students to discover and enjoy means of creative visual expression; will encourage the pursuit of quality; and will provide an atmosphere conducive to individual experimentation. The students will develop a portfolio of studio work as well as personal research workbooks and personal responses for assessment by an outside examiner. This course may also be taken by non-IB students. All students enrolled in this class are required to complete all International Baccalaureate assessments.

IB Visual Arts-HL (Part 1) (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Course Number: 06080205

This course is the first half of the two-year Higher Level IB Visual Arts course and consists of 70% studio work and 30% homework in a research workbook. This course is designed to meet the needs of students in the program who, as part of their studies, wish to further their understanding of the arts and how they impact on their lives and their futures. IB Visual Arts is also for more advanced students who wish to continue developing a portfolio with the intention of attending art school or another institution of higher learning with an art major. This course will provide all students with the opportunity to develop aesthetic, imaginative, and creative facilities; will enable students to discover and enjoy means of creative visual expression; will encourage the pursuit of quality; and will provide an atmosphere conducive to individual experimentation. The students will develop a portfolio of studio work as well as personal research workbooks and personal responses for assessment by an outside examiner. This course may also be taken by non-IB students. Please note that taking Part 1 does not guarantee that Part 2 will fit into your schedule. All students enrolled in this class are required to complete all International Baccalaureate assessments.

IB Visual Arts-HL (Part 2) (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: IB Visual Arts-HL (Part 1)
  • Course Number: 06080305

This course is the second half of the two-year Higher Level IB Visual Arts course and consists of 70% studio work and 30% homework in a research workbook. This course is designed to meet the needs of students in the program who, as part of their studies, wish to further their understanding of the arts and how they impact on their lives and their futures. IB Visual Arts is also for more advanced students who wish to continue developing a portfolio with the intention of attending art school or another institution of higher learning with an art major. This course will provide all students with the opportunity to develop aesthetic, imaginative, and creative facilities; will enable students to discover and enjoy means of creative visual expression; will encourage the pursuit of quality; and will provide an atmosphere conducive to individual experimentation. The students will develop a portfolio of studio work as well as personal research. All students enrolled in this class are required to complete all International Baccalaureate assessments.