Visual Arts

Cathedral Art students will be given the opportunity to explore 2D and 3D media while developing their artistic skills through a variety of Visual Arts courses.   Introductory courses give students the background and skills necessary to carry with them to Advanced and Art courses.  Students who take more than 2 Visual Arts courses will earn Academic Credit, Advanced 2D & 3D, as well as AP courses,  are Honors credit.

Please contact the Visual Arts Department with questions.

·   Ms. Desautels: jdesautels@gocathedral.com

·   Mrs. Greene:  sgreene@gocathedral.com

·   Mr. Kane: jkane@gocathedral.com

Drawing I (College Prep)

C744CF/C744CS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

None

Course Description:

Develop traditional observational and drawing technique, beginning with a simple line. Learn to render value and form through a study of light and shadow. Color will also be introduced. Explore basic media, including graphite, charcoal, and colored pencil, and develop compositional awareness with an emphasis on the elements and principles of design. Subjects will include a series of object studies and personal reference images.

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Drawing II (College Prep)

C703CF/C703CS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Grade of “B” or above in Drawing I or teacher approval with a portfolio. Open to all students.

Course Description:

Continue to develop foundational drawing and observational skills through exposure to new media and subject matter. Study portrait and figure drawing, further explore composition, and also create a project of choice. Media introductions and exploration may include work with pastel, pen and ink, scratchboard, printmaking and watercolor.

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Drawing III (Academic)

C743AF/C743AS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Grades of “B” or better in Drawing II. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Course Description:

Further foundational drawing and compositional techniques with a keen focus on intensifying observational skills. Develop individually creative directions through classroom projects and enrichment activities. Participate in an interactive classroom environment that is rewarding in terms of quality production as well as an enjoyable creative process. Work with a variety of media, including graphite and colored pencil, conte crayon, charcoal, and pastel. Build a strong base for use with drawing or any other art medium.

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Drawing IV (Academic)

C708AF/C708AS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Grades of “B” or better in Drawing III. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Course Description:

Individual drawing skill and technique will grow further through landscapes, portraits, and figures as well as through an opportunity to develop personally directed themes and imagery. Media will expand to include others of interest including mixed media. As skills and confidence develop, individually stylized mark making will begin to emerge.

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Painting I (Academic)

C745AF/C745AS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Grades of “B” or better in Drawing I and II.

Course Description:

Experience, practice, and develop work with several painting mediums. Begin developing initial painting techniques through watercolor with an introduction to color and brushwork. This will be followed by exploration of Acrylic painting through studies followed by a final painting. Subjects will include landscapes and other personal visual references.

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Painting II (Academic)

C745XF/C745XS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Painting I with grade of “B” or better. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Course Description:

Study traditional oil painting techniques, learn to mix and apply color, and explore brushwork after learning to stretch a canvas. Work also with pastel and learn to develop layers of pigment and detail through this dry painting medium. Subject matter includes life and object studies, landscapes, figures, portraits, or other personal visual references. Develop a level of confidence in painting through experience and practice with various media. Time may allow for pursuit of a final work in a media and subject of personal choice.

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Photography – Digital (College Prep)

C771CF/C771CS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to grades 9-12 A DSLR camera is strongly requested but a loaner camera will be available.

Course Description:

This course is designed to give students an introductory experience and understanding of the world of photography as an art form. Students will be assigned thematic projects and will be expected to participate in classroom discussions. Students will focus on the exposure triangle, components of the camera, and editing photos. The student will be using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom software on MacBook laptops provided by the school. This is a prerequisite for Photojournalism and Photography II – Digital.

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Photography – Film/Darkroom (College Prep)

C770CF/C770CS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to Grades 9-12. A 35mm camera (manual) is strongly recommended. Successful completion of Digital photography recommended but not required.

Course Description:

Photography students engage in art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and production leading to the creation of portfolio quality works. This course is designed to give the student an experience and understanding of photography and how it relates to the visual arts. The students will have extensive darkroom experience in which they will process film and develop prints for each of their projects. The focus is on composition and technical skills.

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Photography II – Advanced Digital (Academic)

C787AF/C787AS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Photography I – Digital

Course Description:

Students will learn a more thorough understanding of the exposure triangle and camera techniques. Some lessons will be built around Art History and a focused study of Master photographers. Students will learn how visual arts can document the human experience. They will critique and reflect on their work and create a Website to showcase it. Finally, there will be a portion of this class that will tie into the Megaphone online newspaper so that they have an opportunity to have a realistic hands-on photojournalism experience.

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Graphic Design I (College Prep)

C772CF/C772AF         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to grades 9-12.

Course Description:

This course is structured to give the student a basic knowledge of digital design as it relates to the visual arts. The focus is on learning two main Adobe Creative Suite software programs: Photoshop (image manipulation) and Illustrator (vector art). A final portfolio and blog will be developed by employing Weebly, an online CMS (content management system). Students will come away with a better understanding design composition, layout, typography, and marketing skills.

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Graphic Design II (College Prep)

C775AS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Design I with a grade of “B” or above and approval of instructor. Open to all students.

Course Description:

This course would further develop the student’s visual problem solving skills learned in Design I with a special emphasis on using the computer and design programs. The students would also study the history of design and work collaboratively with other disciplines. There will also be a focus on presentation skills and how it will benefit the students as they continue their education and/or enter the workplace.

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Advanced 2-Dimensional Art I: Independent Study (Honors)

C749AF/C749AS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors only by permission.

Course Description:

The student and teacher work together to create an individual curriculum that explores advanced 2-dimensional concepts, media, and technique beyond the student’s previous coursework and knowledge. Individual exploration of personal themes and style development will be an integral part of the course. This course is also designed as a university or college preparatory class to fill-in or rework gaps in the presented body of completed works (portfolio).

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Advanced 2-Dimensional Art II: Portfolio (Honors)

C761AF/C761AS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors only by permission.

Course Description:

This course is a continuation of Advanced 2-Dimensional Art I. The student and teacher work together to create an individual curriculum that explores advanced 2-dimensional concepts, media, and technique beyond the student’s previous coursework and knowledge. Individual exploration of personal themes and style development will be an integral part of the course. This course is also designed as a university or college preparatory class to fill-in or rework gaps in the presented body of completed works (portfolio).

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AP Drawing (Honors)

C793XF/C793XS            2 Semesters            2 Credits

Prerequisite:

Seniors only, by permission of the instructor, with a recommendation of six to eight previous art classes with a grade average of “B” or better.

Course Description:

Create a Drawing portfolio demonstrating skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas. Portfolios include images and writing documenting inquiry-guided investigation through sustained investigation of practice, experimentation, and revision of individual works. Must exhibit personal maturity and independent work habits, and accept the committed challenge of a rigorous studio art program. Along with the chance to receive college credit and/or advanced placement for college, develop artistic skills while preparing a portfolio of art for college or work. AP portfolio exam submissions are required, conducted through formal evaluations according to national standards of performance.

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AP 2-D Art and Design (Advanced Placement) (Honors)

C762XF/C762XS            2 Semesters            2 Credits

Prerequisite:

Seniors only, by permission of the instructor, with a recommendation of six to eight previous art classes with a grade average of “B” or better.

Course Description:

Create a 2-D Design portfolio demonstrating skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas. Portfolios include images and writing documenting inquiry-guided investigation through sustained investigation of practice, experimentation, and revision of individual works. Must exhibit personal maturity and independent work habits, and accept the committed challenge of a rigorous studio art program. Along with the chance to receive college credit and/or advanced placement for college, develop artistic skills while preparing a portfolio of art for college or work. AP portfolio exam submissions are required, conducted through formal evaluations according to national standards of performance.

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Ceramics I (College Prep)

C748CF/C748CS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Course Description:

This course is a basic introduction to ceramics. Hand building techniques including slabs, molds, pinching and stamping will be learned using low-fire clays. All work will be kiln-fired using slip decoration and low-fire glazes. Accurate journals will be kept. Additionally, iPads are used for research on the internet.

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Ceramics II (College Prep)

C705CF/C705CS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have taken Ceramics I.

Course Description:

Handbuilding and wheel throwing will be explored using high fire clays, with a concentration on form. Surface application techniques, slip decoration, resist, underglazes and glazes will be used on clay forms. Historical and technical information along with kiln firing will be learned. Accurate journals will be kept to record glazing data. Ipads are used to research projects and record progress. Many illustrated books , as well as current ceramic magazines as well as current magazines are available for students to use. *Course Fee*


Ceramics III (Academic)

C749CF         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Instructor Permission.

Course Description:

This course is designed to further develop the ceramic skills beyond Ceramics 2. Students will continue to learn wheel throwing techniques and broaden their investigation of hand building techniques. Design Thinking and Product Design projects will be incorporated throughout the semester.

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Advanced 3-Dimensional Art I: Independent Study (Honors)

C746XF/C746XS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors only by permission.

Course Description:

The student and teacher work together to create an individual curriculum that explores advanced 3-dimensional disciplines and techniques beyond the student’s previous coursework and knowledge. This course is also designed as a university or college preparatory class to fill-in or rework gaps in the presented body of completed works (portfolio). A class requirement will be to complete one art service learning project within the semester.

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Advanced 3-Dimensional Art II: Portfolio (Honors)

C788XF/C788XS         1 Semester             1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors only by permission.

Course Description:

This course is a continuation of Advanced 3-Dimensional Art I. The student and teacher work together to create an individual curriculum that explores advanced 3-dimensional disciplines and techniques beyond the student’s previous coursework and knowledge. This course is also designed as a university or college preparatory class to fill-in or rework gaps in the presented body of completed works (portfolio). A class requirement will be to design a self-promotional piece that can be sent to universities and colleges with his/her application.

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AP 3-D Art and Design (Advanced Placement) (Honors)

C765XF/C765XS            2 Semesters            2 Credits

Prerequisite:

Seniors only. Taken by permission of the instructor in one of the fine arts and by the Vice Principal for Research and Curriculum. A regimen of six to eight classes within or related to the fine arts will be recommended by the supervising instructor. The student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or better in these classes. He/she will also exhibit personal maturity, independence in study/ learning and an interest in pursuing a fine arts career. A self-promotional portfolio is the culminating project for each student. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:

This portfolio is intended to address sculptural issues as related to depth and space. Design involves purposeful decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate proficiency of 3-D design through any three-dimensional approach, including, but not limited to, figurative or nonfigurative work that makes use of (appropriates) other artists’ works (including photographs) and/or published images must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication.

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