Presque Isle High School

Presque Isle • Mapleton • Chapman • Castle Hill • Westfield

Education in MSAD #1 will empower students to reach their potential as critical thinkers, problem solvers and effective communicators.

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VISUAL ART

 

Intro Level Courses include DRAWING 1, PAINTING 1, and SCULPTURE, and are designed for all students, regardless of skill, to find success in the art room.

DRAWING I (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 10-12

Drawing is an introduction to the Elements & Principles of Art with emphasis on developing visual observation and critical thinking skills. Art ‘projects’ are more accurately described as art problems: students are given a task and must solve according to the criteria, but the answers are unique to the student and their abilities/efforts and experiences.  Drawing exercises and introductory projects lay the foundations for black and white and color work:  personal reproductions, poster design, printmaking, and self-portraits.

 

PAINTING I (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 10-12

This course covers the foundations of the Elements & Principles of Art with emphasis on developing paint-handling skills.  Art ‘projects’ are more accurately described as art problems – students are given a task and must solve according to the criteria, but the answers are unique to the student and their abilities/efforts and experiences.  Exercises and small personal paintings prepare students for more challenges in both acrylic and watercolor.

SCULPTURE (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 10-12

This course is like your junk drawer – a bit of everything.  Media includes wire, upcycled items for assemblage, and a unit with clay.  Students should be aware that Sculpture is the hardest of the three introductory level art courses and it is very much a process class: critical thinking and problem-solving abilities are crucial for success in this course.

Advanced Level Courses, CERAMICS, DIRECTED STUDY, DRAWING 2, and PAINTING 2, are designed for the serious student artist. 

CERAMICS (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Sculpture with a 90 or better

Pinch pots, coiled vessels and slab constructions introduce and reinforce techniques and proper clay handling in preparation for wheel-work. Students are further expected to help run their own ceramics studio, preparing and reprocessing clay, as well as loading and unloading the kiln.

DRAWING II (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Drawing I with a 90 or better

If Drawing I is all about learning the foundational skills, Drawing II is what the student-artist can do with those skills.  Artists are encouraged to find their visual voice and will be introduced to perspective, and infinitely repeating designs, take part in an exchange with Lawrence High School, and learn how to transform works through the idea of Copy, Transform, Combine.  Although presented with common art problems, final artworks are self-differentiating and completely individual.

PAINTING II (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Painting I with a 90 or better

If Painting I is all about learning the foundational skills, Painting II is what the student-artist can do with those skills.  Artists are encouraged to find their visual voice and will create a personal series based on objects of their favorite color, take part in an exchange with Lawrence High School, and learn how to transform works through the idea of Copy, Transform, Combine, and paint a traditional still-life.  Although presented with common art problems, final artworks are self-differentiating and completely individual.

DIRECTED STUDY (1/2 CREDIT) Grades 11 & 12

Prerequisite: a two semester sequence in Drawing, Painting or Sculpture/Ceramics with 90s or better in each course, as well as permission from the instructor. Directed Study is a program intended for the serious student-artist and involves an application process: a written semester plan including media choice, strengths and weaknesses to be addressed, a Directed Study Proposal form available from the Guidance Department, which is reviewed by the Art instructor, Guidance Counselor, and Principal.  For those interested in pursuing art at the college level, portfolio development is encouraged. May be repeated for an additional half-credit if 90 average is sustained and upon successful re-application.