Art

The primary goal of the visual arts curriculum at Totino-Grace is to guide students through a dynamic, hands-on experience where creative problem-solving, critical thinking and quality visual expression is encouraged and nurtured in a variety of course offerings.  Students participate in weekly critiques and learn about art in historic and contemporary contexts to inform their individual expression. 

For students seeking to further their art study, portfolio development, college art program selection and art scholarship, guidance is available.

ART FUNDAMENTALS

This introductory course explores many ways of making two and three-dimensional works using the art elements of line, shape, color, value, texture and the principles of design; balance, harmony, and rhythm. Projects focus on drawing, painting, printmaking, scratchboard work and 3D clay emphasizing basic tool use, process and concepts. Students participate in weekly critiques. This course builds a foundation for other art courses as well as an appreciation for art.
Fulfills Fine Arts Requirement
All Student Elective 
1 semester - 1 credit 

DIGITAL IMAGING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital imaging and photography are big parts of our everyday lives. This course introduces students to Adobe Photoshop with its many features as they learn file formats, resolution quality, cropping, noise reduction, color and digital manipulation. Students will learn to make digital files, morph images, enhance digital photos and repair damaged photos. Students will learn about fonts, layouts and visual cues in print and media advertising. They will be informed about the ever changing technology of cameras, scanners and printers. Learning Photoshop will equip students with necessary skills for college work, business application and creative studies.
No prerequisite  
Fulfills Fine Arts Requirement
All Student Elective 
1 semester - 1 credit 

DRAWING/PAINTING 1

This course explores drawing techniques with both wet and dry media when doing still life, non-objective and hyper realistic works. Students learn contour, gesture, contrast, line quality and surface manipulation that will transition toward an understanding of painting. Painting basics from set up, paint application, brush stroke and glazing techniques to building and stretching a canvas are covered. Creative problem solving is encouraged as students learn to evaluate and understand what makes a powerful painting. Students participate in weekly critiques.
Prerequisite: 'B' in 2D or 3D Art or Art Fundamentals
Signature of instructor
Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit 

DRAWING/PAINTING 2

This advanced course allows students to develop their painting skills and learn new techniques through planning, research, and execution. Student and teacher mutually design a course of study in the form of cooperatively planned projects. Students select subject matter and media choices as they focus on concept refinement. Students will learn painting vocabulary, look at modern and traditional paintings and learn how to evaluate works in weekly critiques. Portfolio development is available to interested students.
Prerequisite: 'B' in Drawing and Painting 
Signature of Instructor
Junior/Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit 

CERAMICS 1

This course is designed to give students experiences with stoneware clay. They will learn how to wedge and recycle clay. Using shape, texture and contrast, students will create pots employing traditional hand-building methods. Special emphasis is given to wheel thrown techniques. Students will learn how to use various tools, and how to load and unload kilns for both bisque and glaze firings.
Prerequisite: 'B' in Fundamentals of 2-D or 3-D Art or Art Fundamentals
Signature of Instructor
Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit 

CERAMICS 2

Ceramics 2 will allow students to further their knowledge and experience with clay.  While developing more advanced projects, students will learn how to use new tools and supplies, as well as how to load and unload a kiln properly. Advanced projects will allow students to create larger pieces, matching sets of pieces such as plates or teapots, and experience new forms of glazing and firing. The course will also include a research component, requiring students to write a 2-3 page paper about their final project.
Prerequisite: 'B' in Ceramics 1 or Pottery  
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Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit 

STAINED GLASS 1

This one semester, beginning course in stained glass introduces students to the “Tiffany Style” copper foil method as well as a unit in stained glass mosaics. Students learn about safety and how to use the proper tools and related vocabulary terms to complete a project. Working with patterns that each student creates, students learn how to cut, break and shape glass, foil glass and finally flux and solder glass pieces together. Elements of design including proportion, unity, color, and balance are introduced during the mosaic unit and emphasized throughout the course. Personal creativity, and problem solving skills are stressed in the construction of every project produced in this class.
Prerequisite:  'B' in Fundamentals of 2-D or 3- D Art or Art Fundamentals and  
Signature of instructor
Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective        
1 semester - 1 credit

STAINED GLASS 2

This one semester course is for students who wish to further their stained glass experience. Students should be highly motivated to refine their stained glass skill level including mechanical control and creative craftsmanship.  Students will study glass styles (i.e. Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Contemporary and Victorian) to understand and appreciate how the art form has changed over the years. Stained Glass II students will also be given greater freedom to construct stained glass projects in this class modeled after a style of their choice with an emphasis on creative personal expression. 
Prerequisite:  'B' in Stained Glass I and Signature of instructor
Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective        
1 semester - 1 credit

AP DRAWING

This course is an intensive drawing class that requires students to complete twelve drawings that document their process of thinking and creating. They will create a body of related works that demonstrates a thorough investigation of a specific visual idea. They will use different drawing mediums and drawing techniques, and participate in weekly critiques to verbalize/communicate art concepts. By the end of this art class students will complete a digital drawing protfolio for submission. The drawing portfolio will demonstrate a broad range of drawing issues and media.

Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals, Drawing and Painting 1 & 2
Junior/Senior Elective

1 semester- 1 credit

 

 

 

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