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.
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 the 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. The 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 covers the fundamentals of the art and technique of digital photography. Students learn to use various types of cameras, from cell phone photography to digital SLR as they take their own photographs, edit images, and print their own pictures. Areas that may be covered include studio and product photography, digital photography, special effects in the camera, photo editing, 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.