Art & Media

Art Fundamentals is a prerequisite for the upper level art courses listed in the 2-D and 3-D Fine Art Tract, except for seniors.  Graphic Arts I and Video Production I are prerequisites for Graphic Arts II and Video Production II. *Senior students may take two upper level courses without having taken Art Fundamentals.  

Introduction into Art and Media

Art Fundamentals (2 terms)
Cultural Diversity through Art (1 term)
Fashion Design and Marketing (1 term)
Graphic Arts I (2 terms)
Interior Design (1 term)
Video Production I (2 term)

Art Courses

Art Fundamentals (2 terms)
*Ceramics: Art & Society (1 term)
*Sculpture: Art & Identity (1 term)
*AP Studio Art (2 terms)
Graphic Arts I (2 terms)
*Graphic Arts II (2 terms)
Graphic Arts: Production (4 terms)
Graphic Arts: Management (4 terms)
Graphic Arts: Independent Study (2 terms)
Art Fundamentals (2 terms)
*Drawing: Art & Philosophy (1 term)
*Painting: Art & Politics (1 term)
AP Studio Art (2 terms)

Photography Tract

Photography I (1 term)
*Photography II (1 term)

Video Production Tract

Video Production I (2 terms)
Video Production II (1 term)
Video Production III (1 term)
*Independent Video Production (1 term)
*All repeatable courses cannot be repeated in the same school year; they may be repeated in a subsequent year.
Each repeatable art course may be taken twice.

Art Courses

Art Fundamentals
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $38.00
Art Fundamentals is an introductory course that explores a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media like: drawing, painting, ceramics, wearable art, and sculpture.  Previous art experience is not necessary for this course as each student will create and grow artistically at his or her own level.  The goal for students is to express and share their personal narratives and voice through the creation of art.  Throughout the semester, students will gain a better understanding of why we create art and the importance that art plays in our culture.  Art Fundamentals is a prerequisite for advanced studio art courses.  If interested in pursuing advanced art courses, it is recommended to take Art Fundamentals as a freshman or sophomore.

Advanced Placement Studio Art
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: two of the following : Ceramics: Art and Society, Drawing: Art and Philosophy, Painting: Art and Politics, Sculpture: Art and Identity
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $80.00*
Advanced Placement Studio Art focuses on preparing students for the AP Studio Art portfolio submission.  There are three types of portfolios for student to choose from: Drawing, 2D design, and 3D design. Each AP portfolio consists of three sections: quality, breadth, and concentration.  In the AP studio art class students will work on creating a thematic body of work that will fulfill the concentration section of their chosen portfolio.  If a student has already completed the concentration section they will work to complete their breadth section of the portfolio.  A complete AP Studio Art portfolio will not be completed over the duration of the course.  Students will be asked to fill in missing pieces with work from previous courses, summer work, or to request an independent study to complete the portfolio.  Portfolio submission is not required to take the course.  A “C” or better in previous art courses is suggested.  Not all supplies are covered by the course fee; due to the individual nature of the class students will be required to collect materials specific to their own art making needs. *Fees may not cover all expenses.

Ceramics: Art & Society
(1 term, .5 credit – Available terms 1, 2, 4)
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $30.00
“What is my role in life?”  Using clay, students will create thoughtful and unique artworks that relate to the societies in which they live.  Students will study the social connections that tie people together while developing and refining their ceramic hand building techniques.  Through the creation of ceramic sculpture students will take a closer look at their role, how it affects others, and the world around them.

Cultural Diversity Through Art(Previously: Cross Cultural Traditions)
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $15.00
If you are interested in learning about various cultures throughout the world and have an appreciation for art, then Cultural Diversity Through Art is the class for you.  In this class, students will explore different cultures and what makes them unique from one another.  Students will also create artwork related to each culture while sharing their own experiences.  This is an art immersion class, therefore no prior artistic skill is necessary and does not meet the advanced requirements for AP Art.

Drawing: Art & Philosophy
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $30.00
This course will focus on developing drawing skills and refining creative techniques.  Students will use critical thinking and the artistic process to make unique artworks that express personal ideals and philosophies.  All people question life and all art is an expression of our thoughts, hopes, dreams, and values.  The goal is to use art to explore what you value in life and what you think about your place in this world.

Fashion Design and Marketing
(Previously: Fashion Merchandising and Marketing)
(1 term, .5 credit – Available terms 1, 2)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $20.00
If you are you interested in fashion and designing your own wearable pieces, then Fashion Design and Marketing is the course for you.  In this course, students will explore the background of fashion design, apply artistic concepts and create their own fashion accessories from a variety of media.  Students will also learn how to market their pieces. (Valees-H215)

Interior Design
(Previously: Housing and Interior Design)
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $10.00
Designing spaces is an important part of creating the world we live in today.  Students will study the factors that influence interior design, apply art concepts and the development of color, materials  furnishings, and floor plans integral to creating beautiful spaces. (Valees-H705A)

Painting: Art & Politics
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $30.00
This course will focus on exploring individual interests and developing artworks that express concepts centered around world issues (political, social, environmental, etc.).  Students will use critical thinking, the artistic process, and painting techniques to say something.  Express yourself–as artists you have the power to make change.  The goal is to use art to explore your concerns/opinions of the condition of our world today and consider how you can impact the world around you.

Sculpture: Art & Identity
(1 term, .5 credit – Available terms 1, 2, 3)
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $40.00
“Who am I?” Students will explore and develop their personal identity while refining and developing their mixed-media sculpture techniques.   In Art and Identity, students  learn about themselves by studying who they are, how they want to be viewed, and who they want to become through reflective writing, discussion, and sculpting.  We will sample a variety of media in this course turning everyday objects into art.  This class is a great way to gain acceptance of yourself and others around you

Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts I
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $45.00
This course combines art and technology to communicate ideas. It models a variety of occupations and skills used in the exciting and creative Graphic Arts Industry. Students will learn Layout and Design, Typography, and Digital Imaging. Students will also become familiar with design and production techniques with industry standard software using Adobe Illustrator, and post production techniques for finishing. Projects include computer illustrations, buttons, stickers, posters, coloring book, printed memo pad, and more. At the completion of this course, students can earn 3 articulated college credit hours at Waubonsee Community College. (Valees-I146)

Graphic Arts II
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Graphic Arts I/A grade of “C” or better is recommended
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $45.00
This course builds upon basic skills acquired in Graphic Arts I and moves into more advanced work that combines art and technology to communicate ideas. Students will continue with advanced study of Layout and Design, Typography, and Digital Imaging using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. Screen and digital printing will be used to produce a variety of projects including: publication designs, package designs, logo designs, letterhead, envelopes, business cards, T-shirts, vinyl stickers, large format posters, and a finished portfolio of your project work as a website. At the completion of this course, students can earn 3 articulated college credit hours at Waubonsee Community College. (Valees-I246)

Graphic Arts: Production
(4 terms, 2 credits)
Prerequisite: Graphic Arts II/ A grade of “B” or better is recommended
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $45.00
Students will learn and train in a production environment. Students will learn how to operate industry standard digital copiers, scanners, plotters, cutters, offset presses, and finishing equipment. Students will play an important role in many high quality, challenging projects from school, district, and community based clients.  Students will learn how to properly write a creative brief and job ticket to communicate job specifications as well as design objectives. Students will use industry standard software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign for Layout and Design. A final portfolio of student created work is required. At the completion of this course, students can earn 3 articulated college credit hours at Waubonsee Community College. (Valees-I334)

Graphic Arts: Management
(4 terms, 2 credits)
Prerequisite: Graphic Arts II/ A grade of “B” or better is recommended
Level: Sr Elective
Fee: $45.00
Students will continue to learn and train in a production environment and perfect the techniques learned in Graphic Arts Production. Students will also assume a leadership role in production tasks and will help with job estimating, scheduling, customer relations and financial management responsibilities. This will ensure that students have a well-rounded skill-set in which to continue their education in Graphic Arts or enter the workforce. A final portfolio of student created work is required. Students may be eligible for Waubonsee Community College credit as per WCC articulation Agreement. At the completion of this course, students can earn 3 articulated college credit hours at Waubonsee Community College. (Valees-I434)

Graphic Arts: Independent Study
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Graphic Arts I, Graphic Arts II, Graphic Arts: Production and/or instructor approval
Can take while enrolled in Graphic Arts: Management
Level: Sr Elective
Fee: $45.00
One of the most important aspects of your education as well as preparation for entering the professional world of design and production is to gain practical experience. Independent Study is an in school experience and is the primary opportunity for you to learn important job skills. This is only available to students whom had taken Graphic Arts I, Graphic Arts II, and Graphic Arts: Production. This course can be taken concurrently with Graphic Arts: Management. This allows students to expand their design and production education in their own way.  Important factors in approving a student for independent study are his/her self-directness, dependability, conscientiousness, and sincerity in pursuing learning. Students will enhance their development of their graphic design and production skills through the advanced use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator. Each student’s experience will be different. The students will be responsible for a final portfolio. As an advanced class, the students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to their placement. Students must have instructor approval to enroll in the class.

Photography

Photography I
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $50.00 (includes all supplies except camera)
What can you show us?  Photography has the power to inspire, educate, heal, document, explore, and enlighten.  Through the lens of a camera, we are able to create something that expresses a little bit of ourselves.  In this course, you will learn how to capture and control light using the camera and how to produce a quality print with a photographic enlarger, darkroom techniques and proper use of photographic chemicals.  You will learn the importance of composition and point of view when capturing an image and be able to explore your own artistic “voice” through various projects. In order to learn about exposure, depth of field, and film, students will need to bring an adjustable 35mm single lens reflex camera.  Older manual cameras like the Pentax K1000, the Minolta SRT101, or the Vivitar 3800 are great starter cameras.  Automatic cameras are ok if they have a manual mode and adjustable features.  In addition to traditional film photography, you will learn the basics of digital photography and Adobe Photoshop so you will also need access to a basic point and shoot digital camera.  (Valees-I131)

Photography II
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Photography I
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $60.00 (includes all supplies except camera)
Do you have a passion for photography?  What do you see when you look through the lens of a camera?  What can you share with the rest of the world?  This course is for those who excelled in Photography 1, are highly motivated, and want to develop more advanced skills.  Students will explore a variety of technical and artistic projects in order to develop a conceptual portfolio.  Students will need access to the same equipment outlined in Photography 1.  (Valees-I247)  Grade of “B” or above in Photo 1 is recommended.

Video Production

Video Production I
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $21.00
Video Production I is an exciting hands on production class. After being introduced to field production using portable video cameras and video editing software, students will design, shoot, and edit their own commercial and music videos. Students will also get a first hand experience on how television programming is created in a studio setting. Those interested in the study of media (communications) will find this class to be a useful introduction to the field. In addition to hands-on experience, students will take a more in-depth look at television, film, and internet video in an effort to better understand the importance and influence of mass media in our society.

Video Production II
(1 term , .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Video Production I
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $8.00
This one term class will build on camera and editing skills developed in Video Production I. We will focus on telling stories through video making. After we have studied narrative elements, character development and narrative structure, we will write our own screenplays and then shoot and edit them. It is recommended that students take Video Production III to complete the sequence.

Video Production III
(1 term , .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Video Production I
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $12.00
This one term class will build on camera and editing skills developed in Video Production I. If it is more convenient, students may take Video Production III before Video Production II.  In this class, we will watch and analyze documentaries in an effort to better understand their form. We will then produce our own documentaries or studio news programs. Next, we will get to choose what type of video we would like to make for our final project. Choices include, but are not limited to, music videos, documentaries, commercials, short comedies or short dramas.  These final videos should represent our best work and may be eligible for entry in the annual CTEC Video Festival.

Independent Video Production
(1 term , .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Video Production I, II, & III
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $8.00
This one term class is for the self-motivated, hardworking student who is seriously considering a college major in media production and/or has a passion for this field.  This course is repeatable.  Students may take this class only with teacher approval. Students will work independently on projects that they design.  Projects should help the students improve and hone their skills.  These videos should be top quality and worthy of entering our annual CTEC Video Festival.  This course can be repeated with teacher approval.