Art Courses Available at Presque Isle High School
CERAMICS (½ CREDIT)
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.
DIRECTED STUDY (½ CREDIT) Grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite: a two semester sequence in Drawing, Painting or Sculpture/Ceramics with 90s or better in each course.
Directed Study is a program intended for the serious art student. Interested students must present a written semester
plan to the art instructor including their media choice, and skill strengths and weaknesses to be addressed through their studies. If conditional approval has been given, the student will then complete a Directed Study Proposal form available from the Guidance Department, to be 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.
DRAWING I (½ CREDIT)
Drawing is an introduction to the Elements & Principles of Art with emphasis on flatworks. Initial projects,
including collage & the development of a color wheel, lay the foundations for black and white and color still-life
drawings, personal reproductions, perspective and poster design. If time permits printmaking and portraiture will be
DRAWING II (½ CREDIT)
Prerequisite: Drawing I with a 90 or better
Students are encouraged to find their own visual voice through advanced techniques and more rigorous subject
matter, including portraiture and gesture drawings in black and white and colored media. More advanced
printmaking projects will also be introduced. This class offers the opportunity for students to design their own
projects at the end of the semester.
EARLY/MODERN ART HISTORY (½ CREDIT)
Art History is a two-semester survey course spanning the earliest discoveries of the Lascaux Caves to the modern
earthworks of Robert Smithson. Students are introduced to the different periods and styles of art through discussion,
lecture, studio work and written assignments. This course is designed for those students with an interest in art who
may lack the self-confidence or skills for a media class. This class is offered during the fall semester on even
numbered years and, as with all classes, must meet a pre-designated minimum number to run.
PAINTING I (½ CREDIT)
This course covers the foundations of the Elements & Principles of Art with emphasis on painting. Color mixing
exercises, still-life paintings and a class gridding project prepare students for more challenging painting problems in
both acrylic and watercolor.
PAINTING II (½ CREDIT)
Prerequisite: Painting 1 with a 90 or better
As with Drawing II, students are encouraged to find their own visual voice through advanced techniques and more
rigorous subject matter, including portraiture and still-life studies in both acrylic and watercolor. This course also
offers the opportunity for students to design their own projects at the end of the semester.
PRINTMAKING (½ CREDIT)
Prerequisite: Drawing 1 with an 90 or better
This course covers the foundations in the Elements & Principles of Art with emphasis on printworks. Students are
introduced to the history of printmaking and will develop monoprints, woodblock, linoleum and multiple plate print
editions as well as an image to contribute to a class portfolio. Serigraphy, or silk-screening, will also be introduced
(dependent upon enrollment students will be provided with two t-shirts). Reduction block printing and book arts
may also be introduced if time permits.
SCULPTURE (½ CREDIT)
This course is like your junk drawer – a bit of everything except clay. Media includes wire, found art as well as
assemblages, paper maché and, should time permit, mask-making and plaster.