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Art Classes offered at AHS

All levels of art offered at Annapolis focus primarily upon studio production in the form of sequential two to four week long projects which use a variety of artistic mediums. Reading assignments and other shorter lessons will incorporate art history, art criticism and and aesthetics to support the overall production aspect of Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) which is the most widely accepted form of art teaching today. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of art techniques and have it supported by related academic content. Following are the levels and the various topics covered in each class.

Art 1-A "Introduction to the Visual Arts"

This twelve-week course will concentrate on drawing and painting and act both as an introduction and as a prerequisite to all other art courses. It is mainly a studio art course with four main visual art projects using graphite pencils, colored pencils and acrylic paints. A classroom text and other resources are used and a variety of written assignments will introduce students to the purposes of art and perception, the elements and principles of art and the history of art.

Art 1-B "Two-Dimensional Art Techniques" (prerequisite: Art 1-A)

This twelve-week course concentrates mainly on studio production and students will be able to build upon and expand the skills that they have already learned. Materials and techniques will become a bit more advanced with added steps and new processes for students to master. The class will include five main studio art projects using oil pastels, watercolors, scratchboards, paints and inks as well as some mixed-media experiences. Academically, students will have a classroom text and other resources to introduce them to looking at art critically and making aesthetic judgements about their own art and the art of others.

Art 2-A "Advanced Drawing and Printmaking" (prerequisite: Art 1-A)

This twelve-week course will expand upon the foundational elements of Art 1-A and it will introduce students to some new ways of drawing. Geometric designs and pattern making will be explored as well as drawing from direct observation by looking at objects, still lives and portraiture. Charcoal, graphite and ink will be used and students will be learning the art of linoleum block printing as well. An art textbook and a variety of sources are used for supplementary reading and writing assignments that focus on art history, rhythm, movement, balance, proportion and other principles of design.

Art 2-B 
"Three-Dimensional Design" (prerequisite: Art 1-A)

This twelve-week course concentrates mainly on studio production as students expand their understanding of visual art from two dimensions to three. Materials handling and creative techniques will be more advanced with added steps and new processes for students to master. The class will include four main studio art projects: copper foil embossing, building sculptures with clay, carving sculpture using balsa foam and creating relief sculptures using clay and plaster in a molding process. Academically, students will be introduced to looking at three-dimensional art critically and making aesthetic judgements about their own art and the art of others.