Art Courses & Faculty


Below are descriptions of the art courses offered at Elmwood Park High School. To see a listing of our art faculty, use this link for quick access:

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Courses


INTRO TO ART

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This is an introductory visual arts course that integrates art with students' personal and academic interests and their ability to explore and communicate ideas and concepts. Through learning foundational drawing, painting and ceramic skills, students will practice creative thinking, self-expression, planning and problem solving. Technology will be used to create drawings and support various aspects of the art-making process.


PHOTOGRAPHY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course is an introduction to photography course, which exposes students to the materials, processes and artistic techniques of taking artistic photographs. Students learn about the operation of a digital camera, composition, lighting techniques, camera angles and basic photo editing. As students advance, the instruction regarding the creative process becomes more refined, and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic style.


DRAWING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course is designed to develop the student's ability to draw from observation using a wide variety of materials and techniques. Figure drawing, abstraction and realism will be explored. Students will learn how to experiment, practice and develop ideas.


PAINTING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course provides a basic understanding of the tools, processes and language relative to painting media. Students will synthesize these understandings into individual paintings. Learners will integrate and build upon their knowledge of color theory, composition and drawing to create paintings of subjects in traditional and abstract styles.


CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course is for students with a personal interest in pottery and other 3D media. Students will create three-dimensional artwork, using a variety of sculptural techniques and media such as clay hand-building techniques, wheel throwing, plaster and paper mache. Within the projects there will be an emphasis on planning, sketching, multiculturalism, art history and art criticism.


ADVANCED CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE (HONORS)

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

10, 11, 12

Intro to Art, Ceramics and Sculpture

In this honors course, students will learn advanced ceramic and sculptural techniques. Students will expand on previous sculptural media and techniques. Students will work on concepts, such as abstract sculptures, symbolism and expressionism. Students will learn advanced processes such as glass, jewelry, plaster and advanced ceramic techniques. Students will build upon skills learned in Ceramics and Sculpture such as wheel throwing.


ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING (HONORS)

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

10, 11, 12

Intro to Art, Painting or Drawing

Advanced 2D is a drawing and painting studio class for students who have successfully passed Drawing or Painting. This advanced studio class will focus on expanding techniques and ideas learned in previous art classes as well as prepare students for AP Studio Art. It is a semester-long class that can be taken in conjunction with another art class.


AP STUDIO ART: DRAWING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Drawing and Painting

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking and art making, critical analysis and problem solving in your work. Your goal will be to create a portfolio of college-level work, and at the end of the school year submit it for evaluation. A qualifying portfolio score can earn college credit and/or advanced placement. You will submit a digital portfolio as well as actual artworks. Each portfolio has three sections: Quality (Selected Works), Concentration (Sustained Investigation), and Breadth (Range of Approaches). Drawing can be addressed through a wide range of media.


AP STUDIO ART: 2D DESIGN

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Drawing and Painting

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking and art making, critical analysis and problem solving in your work. Your goal will be to create a portfolio of college-level work, and at the end of the school year submit it for evaluation. A qualifying portfolio score can earn college credit and/or advanced placement. You will submit a digital portfolio as well as actual artworks. Each portfolio has two sections: Selected Works and a Sustained Investigation. In the Sustained Investigation section you will need to create a body of artwork that is guided by inquiry and shows an in-depth study of practices, experimentation and revision with a variety of materials, processes and ideas. In the Selected Works section you will need to show five artworks that show advanced skill of the 2D, 3D or Drawing principles of design. Within the three different portfolios, there is no preference for materials or methods of art making.


AP STUDIO ART: 3D DESIGN

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Ceramics and Sculpture

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking and art making, critical analysis and problem solving in your work. Your goal will be to create a portfolio of college-level work, and at the end of the school year submit it for evaluation. A qualifying portfolio score can earn college credit and/or advanced placement. You will submit a digital portfolio as well as actual artworks. Each portfolio has three sections: Quality (Selected Works), Concentration (Sustained Investigation), and Breadth (Range of Approaches). Students will explore 3D Design issues through additive, subtractive and fabrication processes.


Faculty


Hannah Druckmiller

Teacher | Art | EPHS

Mark Moroney

Teacher | Art | EPHS

Rosemary Salvatini

Teacher | Art | EPHS