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Fine Arts: Visual Arts

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY:

The Fine Arts Visual Art Department desires to provide an opportunity—regardless of individual talent and level of experience—to develop the whole person through visual artistic expression. The purpose of the Visual Arts Department is to provide for a success-oriented environment, through a series of visual art experiences that encourage and reinforce the processes of critical thinking: observation, perception, imagination, cognition, incubation, action and problem solving.

Designed around the Wisconsin State and National Standards for Arts Education, the Qualities of a DSHA Graduate are also embedded in the curriculum. In addition to critical thinking, students experience the arts as a means for communication, leadership and being a believer. These studio courses include multiple techniques for different learner styles, including: lecture, visuals, group work, oral presentations, demonstrations, art museum visits and research, which all broaden the way information is processed.

Inclusion in various community programs, art exhibits and competitions gives students the opportunity to add her voice to a larger arts community.

MEET THE VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT FACULTY:

INTRODUCTORY COURSE OFFERINGS:

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  • DESIGN – 1000

    Design is an introductory course that provides formal instruction on the elements and principles of design using a variety of media. Students will develop design awareness and a working knowledge of techniques basic to creating successful art pieces. Assignments focus on 2-dimensional art such as the development of drawing and painting skills, with an introduction to working three dimensionally. Students will be working with drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculptural mediums and will complete five larger projects in varied techniques. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 9-12
    1 semester
    TEXT: Elements and Principles of Design, Student Guide with Activities, Crystal Productions Co., 2000
    FEE: $45 (includes cost of planned field trip. Cost of unanticipated/new field trips will be billed separately)
  • DISCOVERING ART – 1010

    This is an introductory course that provides formal instruction on the elements of art and principles of design and explores the question: “What is art”? The creation of artwork, fine art examples, and field trips will support this learning. Students will experience working in a variety of media with an emphasis on 3- dimensional techniques such as ceramics, sculpture, and fibers. They will also experience working 2- dimensionally through the introduction and use of entry level drawing skills. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 9-12
    1 semester
    TEXT: Elements and Principles of Design, Student Guide with Activities, Crystal Productions Co., 2000
    FEE: $45 (includes cost of planned field trip. Cost of unanticipated/new field trips will be billed separately)
  • SELF EXPRESSION – 1300

    Self-Expression provides a more casual approach to the visual arts for students who are interested in selfdiscovery, stress management, and experiencing a variety of basic art making processes. This course intends to teach students the importance of journaling, reflection, and creative problem solving whether they view themselves as beginning level or experienced artists. Students are introduced to symbolism, stereotypes, body image, and expression, growing in personal awareness of their own artistic voice. Students will experience creative journaling and the use of a variety of mediums (drawing, painting, clay, etc). Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research, and a final project. 

    Grades 11-12
    Note: Self Expression is not a prerequisite to upper level art courses. However, it will fulfill the 3D requirement for AP Art: 2D Design.
    1 semester, $45 fee

SKILL BUILDING COURSE OFFERINGS:

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  • CERAMICS – 1200

    In ceramics, students learn the basic methods of clay preparation and formation. Using hand built methods such as slab, coil, and pinch construction, students design and make five original ceramic pieces. Students will enhance these pieces with surface decoration, incised or relief patterns, stamping, slip trailing, and/or glazing. Good design and craftsmanship are stressed. An introduction to ceramic artists and styles will be given through lecture and independent web research to supplement class instruction. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $35 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art
  • DIGITAL IMAGING – 1235

    Digital imaging students will further progress their digital photography skills as they are introduced to the contemporary world of new media art. In this course we will explore contemporary subjects such as social consciousness, scientific method and interactive art using photographic images taken and found. Advanced techniques and skills in digital photography, digital animation, photomontage and digital painting using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator will be the tools for creating original digital images. Coursework is designed to further develop a student’s understanding of photographic composition and expand the student’s ability for interactive expression through non-verbal means in all subjects and areas in her life. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $45 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art and access to a digital camera
  • DRAWING – 1050

    Drawing is an advanced course in which a student develops visual perception and drawing skills. Both realistic and interpretive drawing is explored. Sketchbook exercises include studies in perspective, proportion and composition, figure, head, and nature studies. A variety of illustration techniques and materials are experienced including contour, gesture, value, and modeled drawing. Detailed evaluation of course work will enhance the learning experience. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $35 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art
  • FIBERS – 1280

    This course will introduce fibers as a medium for expression. Fibers will combine historic textile processes and traditions with emerging technologies and contemporary visual culture. Students will engage in interdisciplinary experimental and sustainable approaches to design, craft and art making. A variety of small exercises will be created in preparation for approximately four larger scale projects, demonstrating the elements and principles of design as they apply to fibers. Art pieces may include weaving, making fabric, surface design, felting, paper making, sewing, 3-D construction and more. Students will choose their medium and technique for a final art project. Some work outside of class may be required for research or to finish projects, but most projects utilize class time. Fibers will be limited to one class per semester due to equipment availability.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $40 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN – 1230

    Graphic Design students will be introduced to the world of graphic design, compositional concerns of the designer and the dynamics of the graphic artist/client relationship as it relates to the process of creating, editing, and manipulating visual images for a client. Basic techniques using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop will be introduced as a tool for designers. Students will practice manipulating typography and visual images to create logos, business stationary, information design, advertisement, posters and three-dimensional package design. Coursework is designed to introduce the student to digital programs and transfer her communication skills into all subject areas in school and in her personal life. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $45 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art
  • JEWELRY – 1250

    This is a course that allows students to design art pieces that can be worn as a physical adornment. Coursework may involve working with polymer clay, pewter casting, sheet metal, beads, fibers and enameling techniques. In this course a student will design and fabricate jewelry pieces that are evaluated on good design, sculptural quality, expression and craftsmanship. Students will learn the proper care and use of equipment. A sketchbook with researched designs and ideas will be required. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, and research for the final project.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $45 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art
  • PAINTING – 1100

    The painting course builds upon the skills developed in drawing. Course content includes concept and skill development in understanding, composition, color mixing, and the use of various painting techniques. Exercises will include the use of complementary, analogous, and monochromatic color schemes. Acrylic paints are demonstrated and used for all larger works. Five major paintings are required; subjects include people or a person, a still life, a hard-edged painting, and a landscape. Detailed evaluation of course work will enhance the learning experience. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $45 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art
  • PHOTOGRAPHY – 1150

    Photography is an introductory course in which every part of digital photography is explored. The course begins with the history and science of the photographic image. Students learn how to create a pinhole camera image using simple materials and darkroom chemicals to create an image. With a basic understanding of camera parts and functions, students learn how digital cameras work and how to fully use controls to enhance and alter image appearance when recoding the image. Students will also learn how to enhance a raw camera image for final printing using Adobe Photoshop. Concepts such as depth of field, motion, composition, lighting, color and camera angle are fused with art history and contemporary photography to expose students to the power of photographic images in society. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $45 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art and access to a digital camera
  • SCULPTURE – 1275

    Sculpture explores design in the third dimension. Students will experience creative problem solving and will be introduced to construction techniques in relief, freestanding sculpture and kinetic artwork. Exercises working with three-dimensional form may include the use of a variety of mediums such as paper, wire, clay, metals, stone, recyclables and mixed media. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester, $45 fee
    Prerequisite: design or discovering art

MASTERY COURSE OFFERINGS:

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  • AP ART: 2D DESIGN – 1361 and 1362

    The AP Art: 2D Design curriculum consists of course numbers 1361 and 1362. Students pursuing this course should have previously completed Design or Discovering Art, Drawing or Painting, and one other art course, either 2d or 3d art medium. This course is designed as a student directed project-based class. Each student will be given the opportunity to create a body of work based around a central theme in the mediums of their choice. Components of peer discussion and feedback, as well as self-reflection round out the studio experience, not only creating ideas but also understanding and communicating them. AP Art: 2D Design is designed for the student who has experienced a variety of mediums and is considering the pursuit of a career in fine arts or design. Students will be expected to use time in and outside of class for in-depth research and art production relevant to the needs of the individual student. Preparation of an art piece for Scholastic competition, a portfolio of artwork for presentation for college admission or scholarship, and preparation for a display at the senior art exhibit will be the focus of this course.

    Grade 12
    2 semesters, $50 fee
    Prerequisite: department approval
    Learn more about AP & Dual-Credit offerings here

AP Art Show:

 
Each year the AP Art students present their work in an exhibit for friends, family, faculty, and alumnae to admire and purchase. The AP Art Exhibit highlights exemplary work and talent by our DSHA students.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore and discover your creativity through the visual arts at DSHA. View some of the visual arts-related opportunities below:

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