El Cajon Valley High School

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Ellen Parry
Matt Rabasco
Allen Reed
Art 1/2 
A two-semester course offered for all students. The course is based on the District Curriculum Concepts that include the development of aesthetic perception skills, creative expression, fine arts heritage, and aesthetic discrimination. Instruction in the care and use of basic tools and equipment is included. This class meets the Fine Arts graduation requirement and the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirements.

Art 3/4
These are advanced level art courses for students who have passed the beginning level. They are a continuation of the basic skills with an emphasis on individual proficiency and a development of a personal portfolio in a specific area of interest. Work outside of class is required. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

3D Design 1/2
This course is open to any student. Subject matter is related to the basic principles and elements of art, the historical background of art, and the care and uses of basic hand tools. Emphasis is upon the relation of materials to beauty and function. Projects in wood, clay, plaster of Paris, stone, copper enamels, mosaic materials, leather, and metal are selected. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

3D Design 3/4

This course is open to students who have successfully completed 3 Dimensional Design 1 and 2. It includes a study of natural material beauty and more refined designs. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Photography 1/2 (Check out the photography blog here and check out the photography weebly here!)
Photography covers the fundamentals of the art and technique of black and white photography. Students learn to use various types of cameras, from 35mm to digital as they take their own photographs, develop film and print their own pictures in the photography-enlarging lab. Areas that may be covered include studio and product photography, digital photography, special effects in the camera, photo lab, or on the computer, and image retouching. Students develop an aesthetic appreciation of photography through the introduction of principles of composition and elements of design. The historical and cultural context of photography is investigated and career opportunities are presented. Photography meets the Fine Arts graduation requirement and the UC “f” VPA requirement. This is a laboratory class.

Photography 3/4 (Check out the photography blog here and check out the photography weebly here!)
This course begins the advanced level of photography and is designed for students who have passed the beginning level. It is a continuation of instruction based on State and District Curriculum Concepts. Advanced instruction emphasizes refinement of basic skills, individual creativity, expansion of student knowledge and understanding of historical, cultural, and aesthetic values of the art form. The making of verbal and nonverbal aesthetic judgments and photography as a form of visual communication that expresses a common core of knowledge and universal concepts will be covered. Development of a personal portfolio and work outside the class are required. Prerequisite: Photography 1 and 2. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.