Fine Arts Academy

Visual/Studio Arts Curriculum

Accelerated Art 1

This course is designed for the freshman art major who has a solid foundation in the fundamentals of drawing and composition. Like Art 1, it is a survey course, covering a variety of techniques and media, including printmaking, collage, ceramics, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Drawing from observation is emphasized throughout the year. A variety of topics in art history and art criticism are also explored. Entry into Accelerated Art 1 is by interview only.

Painting 2, 3, and 4 and Drawing 2, 3, and 4

Students use a variety of media to create works on paper. Assignments are taken from topics in contemporary art. Composition and drawing from observation are emphasized, and portfolio development is encouraged. Students explore and research a variety of subjects and artists from art history and contemporary art. Peer and teacher critiques are held throughout the year. Prerequisite: Art 1

Printmaking 2, 3, 4

The printmaking course offers a full year of exploration into advanced printmaking techniques, with an emphasis on drawing and graphic design.Techniques include mono printing, reliefs, intaglio and dry point, screen printing and etching.

Jewelry 2, 3, 4

The jewelry class focuses on the use of metal and offers an introduction to enameling, fold forming, reposse, soldering, etching, and bead making. Students study jewelry history and present-day craftsmen. This class has a strong vocational element and is based on drawing, graphics and sculptural techniques.

Ceramics 2, 3, 4

The study of ceramics includes functional as well as sculptural forms. This course includes instruction in hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students study the history of ceramics and sculpture as it relates to the assignments.

Sculpture 2, 3, 4

The sculpture class works with a variety of media and subject matter. Students study the human form, portraiture, venture into the abstract and non-objective world with mobiles, assemblages and constructed forms. Drawing and modeling related to projects is developed.

Fibers 2, 3, 4

Students explore techniques such as weaving, knotting, stichery, and dyeing, separately and in combination with other media. They use a variety of natural and synthetic materials in soft sculptures, airborne sculptures (kites, windsocks, inflatible), and conceptual works while applying the art elements and principles.

Digital Photography 2, 3, 4

In Digital Photography students will learn how to create contemporary art photographs. They will use Adobe CS5 as a tool for editing, and manipulation of images. The focus will be centered on photography as an art form. Students will learn photographic tools such as composition, lighting, and a conceptual vision of photographic content. This course will require considerable time to take photographs outside of school.

History of Art

Students study the art works of diverse civilizations and historical periods to uncover how images embody the values and ideas of a culture. Specific topics vary year to year. Field trips to local collections as well as museums in Houston, Dallas, and/or San Antonio are included in the curriculum.

Advanced Placement in Art

This year-long course is designed for Juniors and Seniors who wish to develop a portfolio for College Board AP credit, college admission, career placement, and/or scholarship applications.

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