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Introduction to 2D Art

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

This is the foundation course for the visual arts curriculum. Students will engage in learning experiences that include art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art production. Students will work toward portfolio-quality pieces of artwork. In this course students will explore a variety of disciplines, styles and techniques. Students will learn about the relationship between the arts and other disciplines. Students will reflect on their own artwork and the work of other artists.

Advanced 2D Art

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Introduction to 2D Art
Students enrolled in the Advanced 2D Art course build on the sequential learning experiences of the Introduction to 2D Art course. Students will continue to engage in learning experiences that include art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art production. Students will work toward portfolio-quality pieces of artwork. Students will produce artwork for their portfolios that explore a variety of styles, techniques and media.

Introduction to 3D Art

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: B- Average in Intro to 2D Art
Course content builds on the knowledge learned from the 2D Art class. Students will continue their focus on aesthetics, art history, production, and art criticism. Students will search for meaning, significance, directions and influence in other artists’ works. Students will work with two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms. In addition to studying cultural and historical styles, art students will examine new artistic trends in the visual arts. Students in the course need to be self-motivated to work independently on assigned projects. Students will use problem solving and critical thinking strategies to bring out their ideas for projects.

Advanced 3D Art

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: B- Average in Introduction to 3D Art
Students enrolled in the Advanced 3D Art course continue to build on the learning experiences gained from the Introduction to 3D Art course. Focus will continue on learning experiences that include art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and production. Students will continue to increase their understanding of the visual arts working with three-dimensional forms. Students will identify strengths and limitations in artworks. Students in this course need to be self-motivated to work independently on assigned projects. Students will use problem solving and critical thinking strategies to bring out their ideas for their projects.

Ceramics

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Intro to 2D and Intro to 3D Art
Students in Ceramics engage in sequential learning experiences that encompass art criticism, aesthetics, and production and lead to the creation of portfolio quality works. Students create works of art in clay utilizing the processes of hand building, molds, slip and glaze techniques, and the firing process. They reflect upon and refine their work while exploring cultural and historical connections. They will also analyze, interpret, theorize, and make informed judgments about artwork and the nature of art. Students in this course need to be self-motivated to work independently on assigned projects. Students will use problem solving, critical thinking, and divergent thinking strategies to bring out their ideas for their projects.

Drawing

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Intro to 2D and Intro to 3D Art
Students enrolled in the Drawing course engage in learning experiences that encompass art history, art criticism, aesthetics and production. Students will use the art elements and principles to help solve visual problems. Students will create realistic and abstract drawings exploring a variety of media such as pencil, chalk, pastels, charcoal and pen and ink. The students will create drawings using techniques and processes such as contour, gesture, sketching, rendering and perspective drawings. Students will work toward quality artworks. The students will reflect on their drawings and the work of other artists. Students in this course need to be self-motivated to work independently on assigned projects. Students will use problem solving and critical thinking strategies to bring out their ideas for their projects.

Painting

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Intro to 2D and Intro to 3D Art
Course content in the Painting class will continue with learning experiences that include art history, aesthetics, art criticism and art production. Students will create realistic and abstract paintings exploring a wide variety of media, tools and techniques. The students will study and examine a variety of cultures, styles and time periods. Students will use the art elements and principles to solve visual problems. The art students will reflect on their art and the work of other artists. Students in this course need to be self-motivated to work independently on assigned projects. Students will use problem solving and critical thinking strategies to bring out their ideas for their projects.

Sculpture

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Intro to 2D and Intro to 3D Art
Students enrolled in the Sculpture course will engage in learning experiences that include art history, aesthetics, art criticism and art production. Students will create realistic and abstract sculptures using the additive and subtractive carving process, modeling, construction and assemblage. Students will reflect and write about their art process and the work of other artists. Students will explore a variety of ideas and problems. Students in this course need to be self motivated to work independently on assigned projects. Students will use problem solving and critical thinking strategies to bring out their ideas for their projects.

Business Law and Ethics

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 11, 12

This course is a study of basic principles of personal and practical law in our country. Subject matter includes civil law, criminal law, consumer law, buying a house, rental laws, and trial/courtroom procedures. The main purpose is to provide the student with an understanding of the working legal system of the United States today, both civil and criminal. Computers are used daily in this classroom. Personal laptops or tablets are extremely beneficial to student learning in this course.

Computer Tech Support

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Application and Interview required for acceptance. Applications are due no later than Spring Break. Final approval will be made no later than May 1st.

Information Technology Information Support and Services is a career and technical business and information technology course that will prepare students for careers in business and industry dealing with support and services in information technology. Students will gain the necessary skills to implement computer systems and deploy software solutions, provide technical assistance, and manage information systems with attention to security. Students will develop an understanding of IT professionalism including the importance of ethics, communication skills, and knowledge of the technological workplace. Essential skill and knowledge areas include but are not limited to: General Computer Usage Skills; Management Information Systems; Basic Network Systems; Basic Interactive Media Development. Class may also extend to additional time outside of the class. Interested students must apply and be approved by Cardinal Ritter Tech Squad manager.

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