Fort Dodge Community School District

ART STUDIO - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite for ALL Art Classes except ART APPRECIATION and BIG DODGER - This course deals with the fundamental Elements and Principles of Design through numerous projects. It provides basic experiences in most media, introducing skills and concepts from the spectrum of classes offered in the Art Department. Students must demonstrate proficiency in the Art Studio benchmarks in order to move forward in the Art Department.

DRAWING I - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12   Prerequisite: Art Studio - This course provides opportunities to develop composition skills and extensively explore drawing, using a variety of media and subject matter. Students will acquire skills in proportion, perspective, shading, and realism.

DRAWING II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio and Drawing I - This course provides the student with the opportunity to further develop the skills introduced in Drawing I. Students will continue to be challenged to create multiple 2D works, improving on their observation skills and personal expression.  Additional skills will also be introduced, such as the drawing of models and drawing from their imagination. Students will investigate the process that artists use to develop their artwork and interpret the work of others.

PAINTING I - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio, It is highly recommended to take Drawing I first. - This course provides the student with the opportunity to create works on paper as well as easel paintings on stretched canvas.  Students will explore a variety of painting styles and techniques, using watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint.  Individualized interests will be enhanced through the creative application of the elements and principles of design.

PAINTING II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio and Painting I  - This course provides the student with the opportunity to advance their skills from Painting I.  The basic techniques from Painting I will be expanded on to create more complex pieces.   Students will continue to be challenged to create multiple pieces to demonstrate their understanding of Elements and Principles of Design. The use of models and painting from observation will be studied.  This course will provide the opportunity to explore modern and contemporary painting methods to create pieces. Students will investigate the process that artists use to develop their artwork and interpret the work of others.

PHOTOGRAPHY I - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio  - This is a basic course in digital photography. The Elements of Composition are emphasized to learn best practices for using the viewfinder and to assist in the exploration of various compositional principles.  Digital processing techniques are introduced using Adobe Photoshop.  Photoshoots will include landscapes, architectural work, farm animals, etc. which require some traveling throughout the semester. A driving permission slip will need to be signed by parents at the beginning of class.                                                        

PHOTOGRAPHY II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio and Photography I - This course will allow students to advance their knowledge in photography. Various camera settings will be learned to offer greater creativity and technical control. In this course, students will experiment with altering their photographs in Adobe Photoshop to develop deeper personal expression. Students will investigate the process that photographers use to create their artwork and will learn to interpret the work of others. Photoshoots will require some traveling throughout the semester, so a driving permission slip will need to be signed by parents at the beginning of class.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12    Prerequisite: Art Studio - This course is designed to spur the creative thinking process and force students to communicate visually.  All projects are done by hand and include communicating emotions and narratives using only images.  This graphic design class focuses on the need for personal and innovative thought.  Each visual problem will challenge the students with hands-on experiences to develop their communication effectiveness.

GRAPHIC DESIGN I - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio  - This course is an introduction to the world of graphic design and its processes, with all projects being computer generated works.  Students will explore the creation of both fine art and commercial art, using Adobe Photoshop.  There will be a variety of challenges that encourage design creativity through image editing, image manipulation, typography, layout, etc.

GRAPHIC DESIGN II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio and Graphic Design I - This course offers the student the opportunity to pursue a greater in-depth study of Graphic Design.  Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign will be explored.  Students will use their previously gained knowledge to conquer more difficult challenges in the world of commercial art and advertising.

CERAMICS I - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio - This course introduces basic techniques to create sculptural and functional ceramic pieces. This course will cover the techniques of hand building, slab building, coil building, and wheel throwing. It will introduce basic decorating techniques to finish a ceramic piece: glazing, painting, engraving, slip trailing, and relief. Students are expected to comply with safety measures.

CERAMICS II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio and Ceramics I - This course will allow students to advance the skills introduced in Ceramics I.  The basic techniques from Ceramics I will be expanded on to create more complex pieces. Students will explore more decorating techniques to finish their ceramic pieces.  In this course, students will have a focus on wheel throwing to advance their skills and to create uniformed set pieces. Students will investigate the process that artists use to develop their artwork and interpret the work of others. Students are expected to comply with safety measures.

Conceptual Art - 1 Credit - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio - This course is designed for students with a variety of art skills and levels. It provides an opportunity to be exposed to different art experiences that are not offered in the traditional art classes. In this course, students will explore a variety of mediums including, but not limited to: metal fabrication, glass techniques, plaster, embroidery, etc. They will be exposed to traditional and non-traditional methods of producing art products. Students are expected to comply with safety measures

SCULPTURE - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio, It is highly recommended to take Ceramics I first - This course introduces basic techniques to create pieces of 3-D artwork. Students are given the opportunity to explore a variety of materials: cardboard, wire, plaster, clay, found objects, etc. The exploration of materials allows the students to work with a variety of tools to produce art projects.  This course experiments with different types of media and techniques to have a successful product. Students are expected to comply with safety measures. 

ADVANCED ART STUDIES - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Art Studio, Selected Art Classes, Application and Instructor Approval - This course is designed for students who have demonstrated proficiency in the art area of choice and allows them to explore their own skills and develop their own individual style of art. Students and Teacher will collaborate to choose the students’ selected art mediums and subject areas. Students will have the opportunity to create for art shows, prepare work for display, and develop their own portfolio. This course will have a heavy focus on group discussions, critiques, and art history and theory.  Students will analytically think about their own artwork and create their own artist statement. Student must comply with the application procedure process

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ART - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Instructor approval, Art Studio, 1 additional art elective - This course provides students the opportunity to be a mentor in the arts.  Students will gain the knowledge to be able to guide and teach the Adaptive Art Cass (AAC) to create works of art.  Students partnering with the AAC will be able to gain leadership skills, art skills, and the ability to modify projects to be able to meet the skills of the AAC.  Students will have the opportunity to explore all the fine arts and discover art at a different level.              

ART APPRECIATION - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12  - This course is designed for students of varying artistic abilities and backgrounds.  This course will further enhance an interest, appreciation and understanding of visual arts.  Students will encounter a variety of art works; working on recognition of elements and principals of design, the role of visual art in society throughout history.  We will also explore the many careers available in the world of art.

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