Samohi Home I Art Department



Drawing I
Drawing I is an exploratory course that fulfills UC/CSU requirements and is designed to offer a well-rounded background in art. Students will become familiar with a variety of art techniques, study art movements, and develop creative thinking. Our class is mainly project based, with some in-class written assignments, homework, and quizzes. Class critiques and self-evaluations will occur often. Drawing 1 is designed for the beginning art student. The fundamentals of pencil, pen and ink, printing and painting are taught through demonstrations and student artwork.  Other topics include color theory and design as well as processes such as printmaking, stencil, and collage. The class is project-oriented but will also incorporate art history and critiques. The course emphasizes both skills development and development of the creative thought process.  All levels of talent are welcome!

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)


Drawing II
Drawing II expands the student’s knowledge of the arts and goes more in depth into the mediums and techniques introduced in Drawing I. Students are exposed to more drawing through graphite and pen, painting exercises as well as printmaking, and mixed media work. They will be encouraged to experiment and push themselves to expand their creative potential, enhance their art skills and start to develop their own style.  Throughout the year students will be working on a portfolio of artwork.  By the end of the year, students will have produced a portfolio that can be used for AP Studio Art or college classes

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)


Ceramics I
Ceramics I students will be exposed to and experiment with a variety of building techniques and methods to create both sculptural and functional works, students will also learn about glaze. Students will be introduced to and explore Visual Art Elements and design principles. Through observation, discussion and writing, students will respond to a range of fine arts works in an effort to become a more sophisticated art-viewer and culturally-open citizens. Some major units of study are Elements of Art, Principles of Design, Handbuilding, slab building, coil building, functional design, surface techniques, Visual Art's role in our society.

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)


Digital Design I
Digital Design I is an introductory course in CTE Graphic Design is intended to prepare students to master key CTE Standards for graphic design. The course will help students gain the basic critical skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign required to become proficient in the key CTE Standards. Content will include: retouching, logo design, layout, poster design, brochure design, identity packages, presentation skills and group projects.

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)


Digital Design II
Grade Level: 11-12
Digital Design II is an intermediate course in CTE Graphic Design is intended to prepare students for further mastery of key CTE Standards for graphic design. The course will help students develop more critical skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Content will include: retouching, logo design, layout, poster design, brochure design, identity packages, presentations and group projects.

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)


Photography I
Photography I (Fall Semester) is an introductory photography course exploring the practice and procedures for B & W film photography. Students will learn the basics of photography such as camera controls (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), lenses (prime and zoom, B & W film processing, B & W darkroom enlargement and printing, dry mounting photographs, lighting and composition. Students will also learn about the history of photography, significant photographers (historical and contemporary), fine art and commercial photography genres. Assignments will include creative use of camera controls (depth of field, shutter speed, focusing), lighting and composition. Students must be at least 16-years-old to take Photography I.

During Spring semester students will continue learning how to utilize aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, light and composition learned during Fall Semester. However, this semester you will use a digital camera instead of a film camera. Students will also learn digital darkroom practices using Adobe Photoshop and Bridge, RAW photograph processing using Bridge and Photoshop, strobe lighting for stage shooting and color printing.

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)


Photography II
Photography II focuses on creating a published book by the end of the semester. The book will showcase each student's photography and lighting skills, as well as creativity and the ability to write about his or her work. Students will also continue to learn more about digital photography (capture, post production and printing) and beyond the basic introductory digital skills learned in Photography I. Raw digital capture with a digital SLR as well as scanners will be explored. Students will learn how to choose a DSLR for specific photography projects. Digital capture tethering from DSLR to computer will be utilized in assignments to provide examples of how professional photographers work in studios and on-location today. Through various assignments students will enhance lighting skills in the studio and outside on location, using hot lights, strobe flash and natural light with reflectors.

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)


AP Art
Advanced Placement Studio Art is college level course for students who pass the portfolio application (usually the last week of February). Students will develop both technical and creative skills in this class. The two primary goals of this class are to (1) prepare a portfolio of 29 excellent works for the AP test by the end of April and (2) develop your art and yourself as an artist. The primary focus is on the AP exam, but the AP structure allows for a great deal of personalization and independent study. The AP Art portfolio consists of three sections: Quality (Excellence demonstrated in original artwork), Concentration (An in-depth, personal commitment to a particular artistic concern) and Breadth (A variety of experiences in using the formal, technical and expressive means available to an artist).

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)


Painting
In Painting, students learn fundamental skills with acrylic paint. The basics of painting include drawing techniques, value, color mixing, texture, still life, landscape, portraiture. Students will also learn about contemporary and historical artists working with paint. In the second semester of Painting, students continue to build on their new skills while developing new ones. Artists further expand their styles and technical expertise while enjoying more freedom with subject matter and interpretation. Students begin to discover and express their own artistic vision.

Credits: 5 credits/semester (year long course)