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Art and Media

Fine Arts Pathway
Art Fundamentals (2 terms B860)
2D Art (1 term B869)
Advanced 2D Art (1 term B862)
3D Art (1 term B871)
Advanced 3D Art (1 term B863)
AP Studio Art (2 terms B867)

Graphic Arts Pathway
Graphic Arts I (2 terms B822)
Graphic Arts II (2 terms B824)
Graphic Arts Studio (2 terms B827)
Graphic Arts Studio II (2 terms B828)
Graphic Arts: Independent Study (2 terms B823)

Photography Pathway
Photography I (1 term B856)
Photography II (1 term B859)

Theatre Pathway
Theatre Arts (1 term B135)
Independent Theatre Study (1 term B139)

Video Production Pathway
Video Production I (2 terms B146)
Video Production II (1 term B155)
Video Production III (1 term B156)
Independent Video Production (1 term B149)

Additional Art & Media Electives
Film Studies (1 term B170)
Fashion Design and Marketing I (1 term B846)
*Fashion Design and Marketing II (1 term B848)
Interior Design I (1 term B844)
*Interior Design II (1 term B849)

*Pending Board of Education Approval

Art Fundamentals  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $40.00
Art Fundamentals is an introductory course that explores a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional approaches including: drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpting.  Previous art experience is not necessary for this course, as each student will create and grow artistically at their own level. The goal for students is to express and share their personal narratives and voice through the creation of art.  Over the course of 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.

2D Art  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors; Seniors no prerequisite required
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $30.00
Be creative. This course will focus on using drawing and painting media to refine artistic techniques and develop your personal style. Students will use critical thinking and the artistic process to make unique artworks that express their personal ideals, philosophy, and point of view.  Express yourself– as artists you have the power to make change. All people question life and all art is an expression of our thoughts, hopes, and dreams.

Advanced 2D Art (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: 2D Art
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $30
If you loved 2D Art and want to continue to explore drawing and painting, this course will allow you to push your skills even further. Students will work to refine conceptual ideas and artistic merit by working with a variety of media and  developing their own projects to expand their personal portfolio. If you know you would like to complete a 2D AP Portfolio, this is a great class in which to hone your skills.

3D Art  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors; Seniors no prerequisite required
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $40.00
If you love sculpting, or are thinking about giving it a try, this class if for you.  Each section of 3-D art is a different experience as every term students vote on the projects they will complete. Projects focus on helping students explain their life experience, express their opinions, and share their point of view through the creation of 3D art. Students will get to chose to work in clay or mixed-media sculpture, and may switch throughout the term. Necessary techniques will be taught to ensure the success of all. Come join 3D art for a unique art making experience.

Advanced 3D Art (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: 3D Art
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee:
Do you love sculpting, and want to push your 3D skills further?  Take Advanced 3D Art as it will build on the clay and mixed-media sculpting skills taught in 3D Art.  In Advanced 3D you will be able to choose projects that highlight your artistic voice and vision while also deciding the 3D media in which your would like to work.  We will focus on discovering your personal style, advanced technique development, portfolio building and risk taking in your work. If you know you would like to complete a 3D AP Portfolio this is a great class in which to hone your skills.

Advanced Placement Studio Art  (2 terms, 1 credit)  This course is repeatable
Prerequisite: Two advanced art courses: 2D Art, 3D Art, Advanced 2D Art, or Advanced 3D Art. Though not required it is most beneficial to take a sequence of courses: If you would like to work on a 2D Design or Drawing  portfolio take 2D Art and Advanced 2D Art. If you would like to complete a 3D Design portfolio take 3D Art and Advanced 3D Art
Level: Jr, Sr
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 two sections: quality and concentration.  In the AP studio art class students as Juniors will work on their chosen portfolio completing the quality section and beginning their concentration section which is a thematic body of work.  As Seniors they will finish their body of work fulfilling the concentration section of their chosen portfolio. A complete AP Studio Art portfolio will not be finished over the duration of a single section of the course. The course must be repeated to complete the portfolio, or a student may fill in missing pieces with work from previous courses, summer work, and/or request an independent study.  Portfolio submission is not required to take the course. A “B” or better in previous art courses is suggested.

*Fees may not cover all expenses. Not all supplies are covered by the course fee due to the individual nature of the class. Students may be required to collect materials specific to their own art making needs.

Fashion Design and Marketing I  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level:   Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $40.00
Fashion Design and Marketing is a course geared for students who love fashion design and styling garments.  During this course, students will explore the background of fashion history, design styles, current market trends, and learn various design basics, including entry level sewing techniques. Additionally, students will create their own conceptual fashion designs, while learning how to marker render on the human figure.

Fashion Design and Marketing II  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Fashion Design and Marketing
Level:   Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $40
Dive deeper into the fashion industry with Fashion Design and Marketing II.  This course builds upon basic skills acquired in Fashion Design and Marketing I, by further developing artistic skill and knowledge of industry standards.  During this course, students will push the boundaries of conceptual design with advanced level rendering, and create their own wearable garment while learning more advanced sewing techniques.

Interior Design I (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level:  Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $40
Interior Design is a course geared for students who enjoy interior design and decorating.  During this course, students will explore the background of interior design history, design styles, current trends, and learn various design basics, which are integral to creating beautiful and aesthetically pleasing spaces. Additionally, students will plan an interior design space for a “mock” client, while learning how to accurately draw and marker render in perspective.

Interior Design II  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Interior Design
Level:  Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $40
Dive deeper into the interior design industry with Interior Design II.  This course builds upon basic skills acquired in Interior Design I, by further developing artistic skill and knowledge of industry standards.  During this course, students will learn advanced level perspective and rendering techniques, and stretch the limits of commercial or residential design by creating their own ideal spaces.

Film Studies  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $13.00
The purpose of this course is to promote media literacy. We will view films, both American and foreign, as works of literature to be studied using critical thinking skills and an understanding of the cultural and historical context. We will also examine the effects of cinematography and production techniques on our understanding of the film’s meaning. The students will study classic films, various genre films, and contemporary films from both independent and major studios. We will study films directed by Hitchcock, Spielberg, Kurosawa, and others.

Graphic Arts I  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $35.00
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 the basics of Computer Illustration, Layout and Design, Typography, and Digital Imaging. Students will also become familiar with design and production techniques with industry standard software using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and post production techniques for finishing. Projects include computer illustrations, button design and production, dye sublimation printing, heat transfer, and more. At the completion of this course, students can earn 3 articulated college credit hours at Waubonsee Community College.

Graphic Arts II  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Graphic Arts I/A grade of “C” or better is recommended
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $35.00
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: t-shirts, vinyl stickers, product design, large format posters, and a finished portfolio of your project work. At the completion of this course, students can earn 6 articulated college credit hours at Waubonsee Community College.

Graphic Arts Studio  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Graphics II w/ a grade of B or better is recommended, or instructor approval
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $30.00
Students will learn and train in a studio environment. Graphic Arts Studio is recommended for students interested in a career or major in a graphics related field.  Students will choose a learning pathway related to their post-secondary interests. Pathways include 1) Advanced Design & Illustration, 2) Production Technologies, 3) Printmaking, 4) Community & Client-based Design, and 5) Portfolio Development.  Each pathway will ensure students develop advanced graphics related skills that will support transition to college or entry level work in the field of graphic communications.

Graphic Arts Studio II  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Graphics Studio w/ a grade of B or better is recommended, or instructor approval
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $30.00
Students will continue to learn and train in a studio environment while focusing on community and client based design and career related skills. Students will assume a leadership role in design and production tasks for real world community based graphics projects.  This work-based learning environment will ensure students develop advanced graphics related skills that will support transition to college or entry level work in the field of graphic communications. A final portfolio of student created work is required. This course runs concurrently with Graphic Arts Studio I.

Graphic Arts: Independent Study  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Graphic Arts I, Graphic Arts II, Graphic Arts: Studio and instructor approval; Can take while enrolled in Graphic Arts: Studio with instructor approval
Level: Sr
Fee: $30.00
Independent Study is an in school experience that allows students to expand their design and production education in their own way, gain more practical experience with client based graphics work, or to take on an additional pathway from Graphic Arts: Studio. This is only available to students who have taken Graphic Arts I, Graphic Arts II, and Graphic Arts: Studio. This course can be taken concurrently with Graphic Arts: Studio with instructor approval. Important factors in approving a student for independent study are his/her self-directedness, dependability, conscientiousness, and sincerity in pursuing learning. 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 I  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
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.

Photography II  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Photography I
Level:  Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
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.

Theatre Arts I  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
Theatre Arts is designed for students who have an interest in acting, directing and script writing. Student performances include pantomimes, monologues, and duet scenes. Students write and direct short original scene, and improvisational theater is explored. The term ends with an final exam where favorite selections are performed to general student audience.

Independent Theatre Study
Placement based on Teacher Approval

Video Production I  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level:  Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr. Elective
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. We will 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 message and how they are produced. 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 MMEA 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 self-motivated, hardworking students who are seriously considering a college major in media production and/or have a passion for this field.  Students may take this class only with teacher approval. Students will work independently on projects that they design. These projects should help students improve their skills while they build a portfolio.  Student work should be top quality and worthy of entering our annual MMEA Video Festival. This course can be repeated with teacher approval.