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The BHS Art Department offers an array of choices. A student could try a variety of art areas for fun, or if they are on the college-to-career track, they could specialize in art media within a strand and work their way up to the AP Art Portfolio in one of three areas: Drawing, 2-D Art and Design, or 3-D Art and Design.  Our curriculum works to nurture the student’s ability to communicate visually while building 21st century skills that would apply to any career path.

Department Curriculum

SCHOOL-WIDE RUBRICS


COURSE OFFERINGS:

2D-DESIGN I

HS05154G12
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

2-D Design I is a visual communications course that explores the elements and principles of design, composition, and color theory in a variety of ways. As our world is increasingly becoming more visual, this course will explore ways to create meaning through symbolism. This course also teaches students how to read and interpret visual media; problem solve design challenges; and critically think, apply, and convey meaning in their own artwork. Students will create artwork using but not limited to pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, cut paper collage, and paint. The 2-D Design classes are the hand-based complement to the more technology-driven Digital Art classes. No prior skills required.

2D-DESIGN II

HS05154G22 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: 2-D Design I

This course is an extension of 2-D Design I. It requires the student to apply the skills previously learned while learning skills in new art media. Emphasis will be placed on concept development. A variety of hand-based materials, techniques, and processes will continue to be explored. This course is a great precursor for the AP  2-D Art and Design course.

**AP 2-D Art and Design / **AP 3-D Art and Design / **AP Drawing

HS05171H2D **AP 2-D Art and Design
HS05171H3D **AP 3-D Art and Design
HS05172H **AP Drawing
Full Year, 1.00 credit
Grades 11 and 12

These courses are intended for motivated students who are interested in artistically developing their personal voice through the development of a portfolio. The portfolios will have two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works. Students will be working on in-depth, inquiry-based art and design making. A minimum of 15 works along with process documentation will be completed and submitted digitally to the College Board. In preparation of the Selected Works portion, students will choose and prepare five original quality works from their Sustained Investigation to submit to the College Board. Due to the fast-paced nature of this course, it is highly recommended that students have prior knowledge and understanding of skills in whichever strand they choose by taking those corresponding courses offered by the department to help them understand and develop more complex concepts and techniques for their artwork. Students will learn how to actualize their ideas through concept development and artistic behaviors. An exclusive AP Art Show will take place in the spring to celebrate students and their work. Successful completion will result in AP College Board credit.

DRAWING I

HS05156G12
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12

Drawing is thought to be at the root of all visual communication, therefore this course serves as a great foundation for all other Art courses. Students will develop their skills of observation through line awareness/sensitivity, proportion, composition, value, perspective, portraiture, and figure studies. They will also explore media including but not limited to: pencil, ink, pen, and charcoal. No prior skills required.

DRAWING II

HS05156G22
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: Drawing I

This course serves as an extension of Drawing I in that students will apply skills previously learned to problem solve different concepts. Creativity through personal voice and composition is encouraged. Media as well as size, surface, and concept development are explored further with more personal choice. This course is a great precursor for the UConn ECE Drawing and AP Drawing courses.

**UCONN ECE DRAWING

HS05156H
Full Year,  1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: Drawing II

This class will explore the technical principles of the drawing process through careful observation of objects, their structure, and the space that they occupy. Drawing is a process of exploration, concentration, decision-making, risk taking, and understanding relationships. We will cover the formal aspects of perspective, contour, composition, scale, form (organic and geometric), line, structure, and value relationships. The objective of this course is to provide the skills, vocabulary, and understanding of direct and accurate observational drawing as a process and language upon which you can develop, explore, and expand for college credit. An exclusive UConn ECE Drawing Show will take place in the spring to celebrate students and their work. Successful completion of the course will result in 3 UConn credits. This course is a great complement to the AP Drawing course.

DIGITAL ART I

HS05162G12 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

We live in a world driven by technology. Digital Art I is about learning how to create art on the computer using the new Adobe CC Suite. While exploring visual design aesthetics (such as the elements and principles of design, compositional rules, and hierarchy) students will use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software to explore areas of digital collaging, retouching, logo design, and poster design. Students will also explore the business aspects of design such as the creation of a brand/identity, advertising campaigns, copyright infringement issues, and working with client specifications. The Digital Art classes are the technological complement to the more hand-based 2-D Design classes. No prior skills required.

DIGITAL ART II

HS05162G22 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: Digital Art I

Digital Art II is focused on learning advanced skills in the Adobe CC Suite, encompassing both print and interactive media. Emphasis will be placed on concept development. Students will learn to push their design skills and develop a sense of style. This course is a great precursor for the AP 2-D Art and Design course.

PAINTING I

HS05157G12 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12

The joy of color is at the heart of painting and color theory. Different techniques such as washes, sponging, masking, and others are practiced through studies based on observation as well as references. Students will work one quarter with watercolors and the other quarter with acrylics. Prior drawing skills are helpful, but not required.

PAINTING II

HS 05157G22 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: Painting I

This course serves as an extension of Painting I in that students will apply previously learned skills to problem solve new concepts. Creativity through personal expression and composition is nurtured. Watercolors and acrylics will both be explored further. This course is a great precursor for the AP Drawing course.

POTTERY I

HS05159G13 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Within this course, students will learn about the properties of clay and how to prepare it for use. This course will focus on hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, drape, and slab box construction, and introduce students to the pottery wheel. Students will learn basic throwing skills and will create common forms on the wheel. Pottery pieces will be functional and/or decorative and finished with a variety of glazes and decorating techniques. No prior skills required.

POTTERY II

HS05159G23 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: Pottery I

Students will explore more advanced hand building and wheel throwing techniques, including bowls, vases, teapots, and non-traditional combined methods. The course will have a concentration on conceptual development and advanced glazing and decorating techniques. Projects and class content will reference historical and contemporary ceramics.

JEWELRY & METALSMITHING

HS05166 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Students will explore the art of working three-dimensionally with metal. Emphasis will be placed on design, craftsmanship, and the relationship between form and function. The aim of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the metalsmithing process, including sawing, piercing, shaping, texturing, and soldering. No prior skills required.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

HS05167G 
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

This course aims to advance skills by teaching visual composition, how to control lighting and shutter speed, and build a sense of timing to create that sense of professionalism in photos. Students will learn post-processing in Adobe software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge. Students will be covering topics such as the history of photography, photograms, still life, landscape, portrait photography, and other student-driven lessons.

3-D DESIGN I

HS05158G22
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Students will design and create 3-D artwork out of a variety of media. The focus of the class will be split between fine and commercial art and design, covering traditional sculpture projects as well as STEAM based 3-D design media. Projects will explore additive and subtractive technique and emphasize three dimensional work-in-the-round.  No prior skills required.

3-D DESIGN II

HS05158G22
1/2 Year, .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: Sculpture I/3-D Design I

This course is an extension of 3-D Design I. It requires the student to apply the skills previously learned while learning new sculptural and 3-D design skills. Emphasis will be placed on concept development. A variety of hand-based materials, techniques, and processes will continue to be explored. This course is a great precursor for the AP 3-D Art and Design course.



Students will design and create 3-D artwork out of a variety of media. The focus of the class will be split between fine and commercial art and design, covering traditional sculpture projects as well as STEAM based 3-D design media. Projects will explore additive and subtractive technique and emphasize three dimensional work-in-the-round.  No prior skills required.

 

Kathy Miller
Janet Galasso

Art Department Website

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drawing/Painting Courses
  • 2-D Design Courses
  • 3-D Design Courses
  • Advanced Studies in Art:
    • AP 2-D Art and Design
    • AP 3-D Art and Design
    • AP Drawing
    • UConn ECE Drawing