Art Courses


During the 2019-20 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following art courses. To learn more about our art program, a division of the Fine Arts Department, please click here.


INTRO TO ART

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

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 I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 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 camera, composition, lighting techniques, depth of field, filters, camera angles and film development. As students advance, the instruction regarding the creative process becomes more refined, and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic style.


DRAWING AND PAINTING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course teaches the student techniques in painting and develops drawing and design skills. Students will use a variety of media and processes such as colored pencils, charcoal, ink, acrylic, watercolor paint and printmaking. Projects integrate technology, the study of cultures, history, criticism and aesthetics.


CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course is for students with a personal interest in sculpture and 3-D media. Students will create three-dimensional artwork, using a variety of sculptural techniques and media. 3-D Studio is for the study of relief sculpture, clay slab and coil construction, landscape design, mosaics, metal and wire sculpture, weaving and paper mache. Within the projects there will be an emphasis on planning, sketching, multiculturalism, art history and art criticism.


AP STUDIO ART: DRAWING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Drawing and Painting

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking, 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: 2-D DESIGN

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Drawing and Painting

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking, 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). Use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way in any two-dimensional process or medium.


AP STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Ceramics and Sculpture

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking, 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 3-D Design issues through additive, subtractive and fabrication processes.