GHS Art Courses

  • Studio ArtColored Pencil Drawing by Natalie Berg-Pappert  

    Studio Art is a comprehensive lecture and studio course. This class will introduce art concepts and related vocabulary, art criticism, and history. The studio time includes training in freehand drawing, painting, and sculpture. The studio experience should show a growth of personal expression and problem solving, communication, and planning. This course is required for a sequence for any advanced art classes. Studio Art satisfies the state requirement for one art/music credit. A sketchbook is required.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 9–12
    • Enrollment limit for this class is 22

    Drawing & Painting  

    This course gives students the opportunity to focus on a variety of drawing and painting techniques and concepts. Students will work with wet and dry media such as graphite, colored pencils, charcoal, pastels, watercolors, and acrylic paint. Students will develop their creativity while learning art criticism, color theory, art history, and visual communication.  A sketchbook is required.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Studio Art   

    Ceramics I 

    This course will introduce students to explore the basic materials, concepts, and practices through the introduction of ceramic materials.  Areas of exploration are based on the elements and principles of design, functionality, and the development of ideas and skills. Methods of working in clay include pinch, coil, and slab construction. The Ceramics course content requires the use of problem solving, communication, and time management skills.  A sketchbook is required.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Studio Art

    Ceramics II 

    The emphasis of this course is to extend the students’ ceramics knowledge while concentrating on establishing individual, innovative design and construction.  The student will develop skills creating and solving advanced problems in the methods of forming and decorating clay based on the elements and principles of design.  Students will have an introduction to the firing process, including kiln preparation.  Students will continue developing skills in applying under-glazes and glazes for diverse decorative results.  The Ceramics II course content requires the use of problem solving, communication, and time management skills.  A sketchbook is required.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Studio Art and Ceramics I

    Sculpture 

    This course offers an opportunity for self-expression in 3-dimensional design through a variety of materials while incorporating traditional and contemporary concepts.  Materials may include but are not limited to:  wire, wood, plaster, clay, paper, and junk materials.  A sketchbook is required.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Studio Art

    Creative Crafts

    This class is designed to expose the student to various processes, techniques and methods related to crafts.  Students will explore the historical and cultural context of crafts and their application to today’s society.  Some areas of study include jewelry, batik, basketry, wearable art, paper making and book arts, calligraphy, collage, and mosaics.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Studio Art
    • Enrollment Limit for this class is 15

    Photographic Art

    In this course students will learn to use digital photography and Adobe Photoshop to create original artwork in a variety of art media. Students will apply their skills in photography, drawing, painting, and mixed media to a variety of projects focusing on visual communication.  Students will develop their skills in critical thinking, technical competence, artistic expression, art history, and the history of photography. This course will give students the skills that are necessary to create digital portfolios for AP Studio Art.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 11–12
    • Prerequisite: Studio Art, Drawing & Painting
    • Enrollment Limit for this class is 15

    Independent Art                                                                                                                   

    This course is for students who are seriously interested in art and design.  In conjunction with the teacher, students will be responsible for researching topics and creating a variety of artwork in two or three dimensions.  Students will learn to document their work photographically and will create a portfolio of artwork throughout the year.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 10-12
    • Prerequisite:  Studio Art, Drawing & Painting and Teacher Recommendation

    AP Studio Art:  AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, AP Drawing

    This course is for students who are seriously interested in a college level art experience and follows the recommendations of the College Board Advanced Placement Program. Motivated students will investigate a variety of art forms as a class as well as individually to pursue their artistic goals.  Each student will create a portfolio of quality work that fulfills the requirements of the College Board.  Students will learn to document their work in writing and photographically.  This course is for students who are seriously interested in a career or further education in the field of art.  A sketchbook is required.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 11–12
    • Prerequisite: Studio Art, Drawing & Painting, and Teacher Recommendation
    • Enrollment Limit for this class is 15