Art

The art program at BSM provides students with the opportunity for developing creativity, imagination, and effective visual expression, with a link to cultural history. Working in a collaborative peer-learning environment, students develop creative problem-solving skills, self-expression, and visual literacy.

*All students are required to complete two semesters of a fine arts course, either art or music before graduation.

Studio Art

Studio level courses may be repeated. Students must have successfully completed the first two levels of one medium to be eligible for enrollment. 

Advanced Placement Studio Art

The AP Studio Art course allows students the opportunity to earn college credit.  In place of a traditional written exam, students submit a portfolio of their work for review. The portfolio includes two sections: sustained investigation and selected works. The instructor will introduce the requirements of the College Board and assist students in developing their portfolios. The AP Studio Art courses are largely student-directed and self-motivation is necessary for success. AP Studio Art is an equal access course; however, the art department highly encourages students to complete levels I, II and Studio in their given medium to ensure a strong base of quality work to consider and build upon. Students who intend to submit a portfolio to earn college credit are highly recommended to take two semesters of their AP course.

 

Courses
3D Make it: Design and Build (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to all grade levels.

Makers are creative, resourceful, and curious people. This course will encourage students to problem solve, take risks, and develop projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. Students will work with technology, 3D printers and laser cutters in additional to non-traditional materials to create original art and design projects. Projects may include architecture, digital drafting, designing, and building 3D forms of various materials.

Art & Design (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to all grade levels.

Art & Design is a survey course designed for the student who is interested in art but may be new to many types of artmaking. This class introduces students to a variety of materials, both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, and digital media. The course focuses on developing students’ understanding through reflecting on and evaluating the artistic process both individually and collaboratively.

Ceramics I (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to all grade levels.

This course introduces students to both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Students will learn to design and build forms using various methods and learn to throw functional objects using the potter’s wheel. Students will learn to work with the properties of clay and glaze through progressively more challenging projects. All materials, tools, and equipment will be provided.

Design Through Printmaking (S1)
One semester, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Before the invention of the copy machine, printmaking was the method artists used to make multiple prints of an original artwork. An interesting combination of sculpture and drawing, the process of printmaking is to create a two-dimensional artwork out of a three-dimensional object. The techniques of printmaking explored in class will include screen printing, monotype, relief (woodcuts, linocuts), stencil, and etching. Students will be encouraged to use many art skills to create their prints: drawing, color theory, graphic design, painting, carving, photography and a lot of strategy and critical thinking.

Digital Video Storytelling (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course may be repeated.

Do you like making videos for others to appreciate? This class will introduce students to the ins and outs of video production. Students will learn how professionals shoot, record sound, and edit video in the style of documentary film makers. Students will be taught the sophisticated skills videographers use to create visual transitions. Assignments will focus on the art of storytelling by recording dynamic interviews and directing action to support story. Students will examine big ideas, important social concerns, and their own personal, everyday stories.

Drawing & Painting (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to all grade levels.

This introductory course is designed for students who like to draw and paint. Students will learn skills and techniques in a variety of drawing and painting materials, including charcoal, chalk pastel, watercolor pencil, oil pastel, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, and oil paint. Class work focuses on developing perceptual skills while developing student voice.

Graphic Design (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to all grade levels.

This introductory course instructs students in design skills using core graphic programs including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. The focus will be on developing student understanding of the fundamental principles of design while finding creative visual solutions to projects. This is a technology heavy course as projects are primarily completed using student laptops.

Photography I (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

In this introductory course students will learn to use manual settings on a 35mm film camera, compose strong photographs, develop film, print negatives, and basic digital editing skills using Photoshop Lightroom. Assignments will include composition techniques, portraits, landscape and environment. All students are expected to provide their own 35mm film camera (automatic cameras are acceptable) and have access to a digital camera as well. 35mm film, darkroom chemicals and paper are provided.

Photojournalism (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Prerequisite: Photography and teacher approval

In this course, students will become a “reporter with a camera,” and work closely with the Knight Errant to cover a variety of photojournalistic subjects; general news, sports, features, speakers, environmental portraits, editorial illustrations, caption writing and photo essays. Students will learn to produce the high-quality photographs used to attract attention to a news story, and to develop a photojournalist’s eye. Students will utilize and build upon basic photography skills: composition, lighting, camera technique, color correction, etc. Additionally, students will communicate and collaborate with designers, writers, and editors to conceptualize and produce visual content for the KEQ magazine.

Product Design (S1)
One semester, one ART elective credit, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Can be paired with S2 Engineering II – refer to page 16 of the Program of Studies for information.

Bring your ideas to life! Student designers use creative problem solving and ideation skills to produce meaningful products and services. Through self-directed design challenges, students will identify a need, ask questions, and develop goals toward designing a solution. Students will analyze product impact using human centered and universal design concepts, community feedback, visual appeal, and marketing strategies. In this course, students will use sketching, 3D modeling, digital drafting, 3D printing, and rapid prototyping techniques to kickstart the next billion-dollar idea!

Studio Art
Ceramics (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit. Open to students who have completed the first level of this medium.
Prerequisites: Ceramics

This advanced course is designed for students who want to further investigate hand-built, sculptural and wheel thrown forms. Students will continue to develop problem solving skills, persistence, and creativity, along with skills in wheel throwing, surface decoration and sculpture. Students will choose their projects or work with the teacher in determining projects and their objectives. The focus will be on improving skills students have begun to develop and on exploring the relationship between form, surface design, and original content. It is highly recommended to take this course for at least two (2) semesters prior to AP Ceramics.

Drawing & Painting Studio (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit. Open to students who have completed the first level of this medium.
Prerequisites: Drawing & Painting 

This advanced course is designed for students who have a desire to further develop technique and expression in drawing and painting. Students will focus on enhancing skills while exploring both realistic and abstract subject matter. They will often have free choice in the use of materials and self-expression. Students will develop a series of artworks throughout the semester based on designated themes but emphasizing student choice.

Graphic Design Studio (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit. Open to students who have completed the first level of this medium.
Prerequisites: Graphic Design.

This advanced course will focus on expanding and improving design skills with the Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Students will design projects for print and digital display with a variety of content, tools, techniques, and strategies. Additionally, students will work with the Knight Errant staff to produce the KEQ quarterly magazine.

Photography Studio (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Open to students who have completed the first level of this medium.
Prerequisites: Photography

This advanced course is designed for students who have a desire to further investigate photographic techniques and camera controls in both film and digital photography. Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom skill sets will be expanded as well as additional darkroom skills. The focus of the course is on developing a personal photographic style while building a digital skill set. Students and teacher will collaborate on the designing of projects that will improve photographic skills and aid in the creation of a student portfolio.

AP Studio Art
AP Studio Art: Photography/2-D Design (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to juniors and seniors.
Prerequisite: Photography Studio OR Graphic Design Studio OR teacher approval.

This college level course is based on creating a portfolio. Over the course of the year, the student will create a body of 15 works of art through a sustained investigation of one idea or theme. This course is largely student-directed and selfmotivation is necessary for success.

AP Studio Art: Drawing & Painting (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to juniors and seniors.
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting Studio OR teacher approval

This college level course is based on creating a portfolio. Over the course of the year, the student will create a body of 15 works of art through a sustained investigation of one idea or theme. It is highly recommended that students who intend to submit an AP portfolio enroll in two semesters of this course.

AP Studio Art: Ceramics/3-D Design (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to juniors and seniors.
Prerequisite: Two (2) semesters of Ceramics Studio OR teacher approval.

This college level course is based on creating an AP portfolio. A base of 5 quality artworks is recommended before registering for this course. A minimum of five semesters of clay, including 2-3 semesters of AP Ceramics is necessary to produce the quality and quantity of work required by the College Board.