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Visual Arts


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Roberta Arnold
Toni Myers
Whitney Russell
Mike Skocko

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Valhalla High School - Elective

Fine Arts 1/2
The course is based on the District Curriculum Concepts that include the development of aesthetic perception skills, creative expression, fine arts heritage, and aesthetic discrimination. Instruction in the care and use of basic tools and equipment is included. This class meets the Fine Arts graduation requirement and the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirements.

Fine Arts 3/4
These are advanced level art courses for students who have passed the beginning level. They are a continuation of the basic skills with an emphasis on individual proficiency and a development of a personal portfolio in a specific area of interest. Work outside of class is required. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Fine Arts 5/6
These are advanced level art courses for students who have passed the beginning level. They are a continuation of the basic skills with an emphasis on individual proficiency and a development of a personal portfolio in a specific area of interest. Work outside of class is required. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

AP Studio Art Drawing
This one-year course provides guidance to the advanced student in the preparation of artwork that will fulfill the requirements for the AP Studio Art Portfolio in Drawing. This course addresses a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and illusion of depth are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means. Many works of painting, printmaking, and mixed media, abstract and other works may qualify. Students must have completed a minimum of one year of art (drawing/painting) with a grade of B or better, have excellent drawing skills, have teacher permission before enrolling, and be a junior or senior. Students who receive a grade of 3 or better on their portfolio, from the National College Board will receive college credit for this class. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

AP Art History
A course designed to offer the student the equivalent of an introductory college course in art history. Students will acquire an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within a historical and cultural context. The curriculum is consistent with the Advanced Placement History of Art course description published by the College Board. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements and also the GUHSD Fine Arts graduation requirement.

Photo 1/2
Photography covers the fundamentals of the art and technique of black and white photography. Students learn to use various types of cameras, from 35mm to digital as they take their own photographs, develop film and print their own pictures in the photography-enlarging lab. Areas that may be covered include studio and product photography, digital photography, special effects in the camera, photo lab, or on the computer, and image retouching. Students develop an aesthetic appreciation of photography through the introduction of principles of composition and elements of design. The historical and cultural context of photography is investigated and career opportunities are presented. Photography meets the Fine Arts graduation requirement and the UC “f” VPA requirement. This is a laboratory class.

Photo 3/4
This course begins the advanced level of photography and is designed for students who have passed the beginning level. It is a continuation of instruction based on State and District Curriculum Concepts. Advanced instruction emphasizes refinement of basic skills, individual creativity, expansion of student knowledge and understanding of historical, cultural, and aesthetic values of the art form. The making of verbal and nonverbal aesthetic judgments and photography as a form of visual communication that expresses a common core of knowledge and universal concepts will be covered. Development of a personal portfolio and work outside the class are required. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Digital Arts 1/2
Digital Arts provides training in digital media with an emphasis on design and the arts. Using Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, Corel Painter, and digital photography, composition and elements of design will be taught with the computer as the tool. Emphasis is placed on computer design skills necessary for careers in the fields of multimedia and digital arts. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Digital Arts 3/4
This is a course in which students investigate the relationship between art and technology. Students survey traditional drawing and painting strategies using the simulated tools of current computer technologies, such as image editing, illustration, and painting software, digital video cameras and software, drawing tablets, and scanning devices. Students explore digital illustrations painting and photography, photographic lighting, and digital video, with an emphasis on composition and elements of design. The computer is utilized as the tool to acquire art skills including color lighting, perspective, color theory, and principles of composition and elements of design. The historical and cultural relationships in art are explored. Creative as well as systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues are encouraged, with an emphasis on making art as a process involving critical communication. Students compile a digital portfolio that can be used to demonstrate their abilities for college entrance or employment in the visual art field. This class is intended to create a strong foundation for specialized work in the areas of Electronic Media, Design for Print, Electronic Photography, and Multimedia. Prerequisite: Students must pass Digital Arts 1-2 with a grade of “C” or better. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Multimedia Productions 1/2
This course provides training in a wide variety of multimedia disciplines with an emphasis on creating rich content for the student body via Podcasts, the school’s Website, and a DVD Digital Yearbook. Students will have the option of exploring music creation (Garageband and Soundtrack Pro), animation (Cinema 4D and Flash), movies (iMovie and Final Cut Pro), special effects (After Effects and Motion), DVD Creation (DVD Studio Pro), or other rich media to include in our Podcasts, the school’s website, and the digital yearbook.

Multimedia Productions 3/4
This course provides advanced training in media production technology. Instruction may cover the following areas: computer graphics, desktop publishing, web page design, multimedia authoring and presentations, audio production and electronic music, and computer animation with an emphasis on careers in multimedia. Students use state-of-the-art multimedia equipment and software. Employment possibilities are media production specialist, web page designer, animator, video production specialist/assistant, graphic designer and desktop publisher. This course meets the University of California elective “g” requirement.

Computer 3D Design and Animation
This course provides training in 3D Design and Animation. Students will use Maxon Cinema 4D to create a variety of still and animated projects. Students will learn to use Photoshop for post-production work and Flash to build an interactive, Web-based multimedia portfolio. Advanced students may use After Effects and/or Final Cut Studio to further enhance their projects.

Environmental Design
This year-long course will explore the basics of Interior Design. Topics covered will include design composition, the principles and elements of Interior Design such as color, ambience, style, textiles, color, backgrounds, furniture, art history, graphic presentation, drafting, space planning and more. Students will design several residential spaces as well as a restaurant and mall shop.
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