All Art courses meet graduation requirements for Visual/Performing Arts.
Foundations of Art (Art I)
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. NOTE: This course will NOT fulfill prerequisite for Art II.
Creative Arts Media (Art II)
Creative Art 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 limited to, advance 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 I, Sculpture, and Art III. The prerequisite course is Foundations of Art. 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 Core and Common core Standards.
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.
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 I
Double period class which builds on concepts learned in previous art classes. Open to juniors and seniors who have successfully completed and shown exceptional ability in Foundations of Art and Creative Arts Media. Course selection is determined by previous art class grade point average and teacher recommendation. Students will develop portfolios which can be used as entrance requirement at university level and will investigate college and career options in the art field. Emphasis on creative interpretation of subject matter, observational drawing, figure drawing, color theory, applied design, three dimensional design, computer graphics, art history and art criticism. *Offered as RCBC Cap Course.
*Art Major II
Double period class which builds on concepts learned in previous art classes. Open to seniors who have successfully completed Art Major I. Students will develop portfolios, which can be used as an entrance requirement at the university level, and will investigate college and career options in the art field. Continued emphasis on creative interpretation of subject matter, observational drawing, figure drawing, color theory, applied design, three dimensional design, and computer graphics. Stronger emphasis on art history and art criticism. *Offered as RCBC Cap Course.
*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: Art Major I or Sculpture.