Art

Art Dept. Flow Chart shows the different class offerings and the suggested or in which students take the classes.
  • Foundations of Art
    Teaches drawing, design, and 3-dimensional art, which may include:  perspective, painting, portraiture, still life, color theory, clay and sculpture. Students develop awareness of elements of art. Incorporates art history, production, criticism and aesthetics.

    Exploring Art                                                                                                                
    Teaches basic drawing and design skills. Students develop basic understanding of elements of art and principles of design. Incorporates art history, production, criticism and aesthetics, through practical, hands-on applications. Emphasis will be placed on basic skills, small group instruction, and/or individualized attention.

    Creative Arts Media
    Creative Arts Media is a second level, visual art course, where students will apply and expand upon previous knowledge from Foundations of Art. Students will utilize the principles of design to creatively explore various arts media. Arts media will include, but not be limited to, advanced drawing techniques, figure drawing, pottery, color theory, painting, and sculpture. A key component of this course is student-driven, creative, problem solving. This class will produce an intermediate portfolio preparing students for the upper-level courses, such as: Art Major and  Sculpture. The prerequisite course is Foundations of Art.

    *Creative Arts Media 2
    Builds on concepts learned in previous courses.  Students learn advanced techniques of fine art. Attention given to development of problem solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills.  In addition to skill building exercises, students complete finished projects in a variety of two-and three-dimensional media.  Many projects are self-directed, and students are frequently given the opportunity to make decisions regarding subject matter and choice of media.  Units of study may include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, illustration, design, art history, and career opportunities.  Students gain a deeper appreciation of art and a basis for lifelong artistic endeavors.    Prerequisites: Foundations of Art and Creative Arts Media. *Offered as RCBC Cap Course.

    Sculpture
    Students will learn additive, subtractive and manipulative methods of overall sculpture with a variety of methods, techniques and mediums. Once Sculpture is completed, students can pursue any higher level art classes, including AP Studio Art as a 3D Design student- pending teacher recommendations and qualifying grades of an A or B in Sculpture). Prerequisites:  Foundations of Art and Creative Arts Media. 

    *Art Major
    A single class period to juniors and seniors who have successfully completed and shown exceptional ability in the prerequisite courses of Foundations of Art and Creative Arts Media.  Students will develop portfolios that can be used as entrance requirements for college level art programs.  Students will have the opportunity to explore college options and investigate career goals in the arts field.  Creative interpretation of subject matter, observational drawing, figure drawing, color theory, applied design, sculpture, printmaking, computer graphics, art history, and art criticism are strongly emphasized in this course. *Offered as RCBC Cap Course. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

    Contemporary Art and Ideas
    Single period art class which explores contemporary art styles, ideas, artists and practices.  Students will have the opportunity to create and study different forms of art that are current in today’s society in both 2D and 3D mediums. With an emphasis on creativity, students will work to fuse traditional art forms with new practices in painting, sculpting, drawing, upcycled art, urban art, working with fabric and textiles and contemporary digital art.  This course is open to seniors who have successfully completed Foundations of Art.

    *AP Studio Art                                                  HON
    Double period class equivalent to a first year college studio art class. Open to seniors who have shown exceptional ability in art. Emphasis on critical decision making, independent studio work, investigation of formal and conceptual issues, and development of technical skills concerning the visual art elements. Students will be prepared to submit a portfolio of work and slides to the College Board for scoring. Could receive college credits or advanced placement standing depending upon their scores and policies of individual colleges. *Offered as RCBC Cap Course. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Art Major or Sculpture.