Mt. Carmel High School Art Department

Mrs. Ravyn Drone, rdrone@wabash348.com

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High School Art Program at a Glance

COURSE OFFERINGS

Level 1

  • Art Foundations

Level 2

  • Drawing Studio

  • Painting Studio

  • Ceramics Studio

  • Sculpture Studio

  • Digital & Cinema Studio

  • Graphics & Print Studio

  • Community Arts

Level 3

  • Advanced Studio

Level 4

  • Advanced Portfolio

  • Fine Art Apprentice

LEVEL 1

Art Foundations

  • 1 Credit/ 1 Year

  • No Prerequisite

  • Description: Art foundations is the prerequisite and foundational course for all other art courses at MCHS. This class will allow students to experiment with all art media and materials to better understand their preferences and place in the art community, including digital, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and more. Students can also expect to learn foundational art concepts and skills to help them grow and prepare them for future art classes. Most importantly students will develop their creative thinking and problem-solving skills and learn how to make their own artistic decisions by making self-directed artworks of their choice. 



LEVEL 2

FALL

photography

Ceramics Studio

  • 1/2 Credit/1 Semester

  • Prerequisite:

    • Art Foundations

  • Description: Students will learn about functional and non-functional 3-dimensional art making techniques mainly related to clay and pottery. Students will learn about how art affects our everyday life and create works that connect with others. Students will learn hand-building techniques, sculptural construction of clay, throwing on the pottery wheel and create a final passion project that they will develop based on their own ideas and interests.

Drawing Studio

  • 1/2 Credit/1 Semester

  • Prerequisite:

    • Art Foundations

  • Description: Students will learn foundational drawing skills and experiment with every drawing media in this level 2 course. Participants can expect to receive guidance in learning to draw objects, environments, and people, while also experimenting with different drawing styles and developing meaning in their artwork. This course allows for students to create artworks of their choice each unit, including a final passion project that they will develop and create based on their own ideas and interests. Drawing studio is recommended to all students wishing to take more art classes, especially painting and advanced studio courses. 


Graphics and Print Studio

  • 1/2 Credit/ 1 Semester

  • Prerequisite:

    • Art Foundations

  • Description: Students will use composition and design techniques to create meaningful artworks related to graphic design and print making. Students can expect to create original designs or drawings that can be printed in multiples through both technological and hand-pressed printmaking processes such as screen-printing, digital drawing, poster design, and block-printing. This course will also equip students with a fully functioning website to display and potentially sell their work, including a passion project that they will develop and create based on their own ideas and interests. 

SPRING

sculpture

Sculpture Studio

  • 1/2 Credit/1 Semester

  • Prerequisite:

    • Art Foundations

  • Description: Students will learn about 3-Dimensional art making techniques including casting, modeling, and carving while experimenting with multiple different materials including clay, plaster, paper mache, found objects and more. Students will learn about developing meaning in 3-D artwork and create artworks of their choice each unit, including a final passion project that they will develop based on their own ideas and interests.

Painting Studio

  • 1/2 Credit/1 Semester

  • Prerequisite:

    • Art Foundations

  • Description: Students will learn foundational painting skills and experiment with acrylic, watercolor and ink in this level 2 course. Participants can expect to experiment with different painting styles, communicating messages with color theory, and developing meaning in their artwork. This course allows for students to create artworks of their choice each unit, including a final passion project that they will develop and create based on their own ideas and interests. Drawing class can be helpful in preparing for this course but is not required.

Digital & Cinema Studio

  • 1/2 Credit/1 Semester

  • Prerequisite:

    • Art Foundations

  • Description: Students will use compositional techniques and digital editing software to create meaningful digital artworks related to photography and cinematography. Students can expect to watch and analyze photography and movies to gather ideas to work with photo and video editing software to create their own photographs, short films, videos, and digital artworks both on their own and in groups. This course will also equip students with a fully functioning website to display their work including a passion project that they will develop and create based on their own ideas and interests.

YEAR

collaboration

Community Arts

  • 1/2 Credit/ 1 Semester

  • Prerequisite: Art Foundations

  • Description: Artists are often deeply rooted in their community and art is constantly affected by and affecting the world around them. This course focuses on the concept of the connection between community and art and will give students the opportunity to positively impact their school and town with collaborative art making activities. Students taking this course should expect to work in all types of materials, share their work with the public, and work with groups. Students will also be given the option to earn community service volunteer hours after school while working on murals, community fundraisers, and projects for other departments.


LEVEL 3

Advanced Studio

  • 1 Credit/ 1 Year

  • Prerequisite: 2 Years/Level 1 & Level 2

  • Description: After completing two level 2 courses, students are able to progress to Advanced Studio, a year long class that will allow students to develop their own artistic voice, explore the materials of their choice more deeply, and organize their artworks into a portfolio of developed works. Students will spend the first semester responding to open-ended prompts and exploring different art media before creating their own inquiry and area of artistic focus for the second semester. Students will share their work with the class for critique, display their work together in an art show, create a website to display their artwork, and have the option of submitting their portfolio for the AP Art Exam at the end of the year. 


LEVEL 4

Advanced Portfolio

  • 1 Credit/ 1 Year

  • Prerequisite: Advanced Studio (C or Higher)

  • Description: After completing Advanced Studio and passing with at least a B, students may take Advanced Portfolio with the focus of adding to their Advanced Studio portfolio, deepening their skills, and preparing for college and scholarship submissions. Students will display their work together in an art show, refine their websites, submit to art shows and portfolio reviews, and have the option of submitting their portfolio for the AP Art Exam at the end of the year.

Fine Arts Apprentice

  • 1 Credit / 1 Year

  • Prerequisite: Level 1, 2, 3

  • Description: After completing Advanced Studio, students may request a Fine Arts Apprenticeship, where they will learn more about keeping an art studio running and assist one of the district Visual Arts Teachers, in tasks related to art material organization, class instruction, social media presence, community engagement, fundraising, and large art projects. Fine Arts Apprentices will also be given the opportunity to obtain community service volunteer hours for certain projects and assisting after school.

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