Art

The art program at BSM provides students with the opportunity for developing creativity, imaginative and effective visual expression, with an appreciation and understanding of cultural history. Art & Design is a foundation course that fulfills one of two fine arts credits required for graduation. Following this prerequisite class, a student may enroll in classes involving more specific media and techniques. Students are challenged to develop their sense of beauty, creativity and skill as they explore and develop their artistic talent.

*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
Art & Design (S1) or (S2)
One semester - one credit

Art & Design is the foundational art course at BSM; students must successfully complete Art & Design before taking other art electives. The course is designed to introduce students to a variety of material, both 2- dimensional and 3-dimensional. The course focuses on developing students’ understanding of the artistic process, which includes:

  • Developing Craft
  • Engaging and Persisting
  • Envisioning and Observing
  • Reflecting and Evaluating
  • Stretching and Exploring
  • Understanding the Art World
  • Collaboration and Community Engagement
3D Make it: Design and Build (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisite: Art & Design. 

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 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters plus more to create original art and design projects. Projects may include architecture, digital drafting, designing and building 3D forms of various materials.

Ceramics I (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisite: Art & Design.

This introductory course will introduce both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Students will learn to design and build forms using various methods and learn to throw functional useful 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.

Ceramics II (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisite: Ceramics I.

This course continues the exploration of three-dimensional design and content. Students will continue to develop problem solving skills, persistence, and creativity, along with skills in wheel throwing, surface decoration and sculpture. 

Drawing & Painting I (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisite: Art & Design.

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 which may include charcoal, chalk pastel, watercolor pencil, oil pastel, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, and oil paint. Class work focuses on developing skills and developing student voice.

Drawing & Painting II (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting I

This course continues the exploration of a variety of drawing and painting media. Students will focus on developing skills and exploring both realistic and abstract subject matter. Students will often have free choice in use of materials and self-expression.

Graphic Design (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisite: Art & Design

This introductory course instructs students in design skills using core graphic programs such as 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

Photography I (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Prerequisite: Art & Design.

In this introductory course students will learn to use manual settings on a 35mm camera, compose strong photographs, develop film, print negatives, and basic digital skills using Photoshop Lightroom. Assignments will include composition techniques, portraits, landscapes 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.  

Photography II (S1) or (S2)
One semester, one credit, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course may be repeated. 
Prerequisite: Photography I.

This course continues the exploration of 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 building on the Photography 1 experience. The focus of the course is on developing a personal photographic style while building a digital skill set. All students enrolled in this class must have access to their own film and digital cameras. 

Photojournalism (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisite: Art and Design, Photography I 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 high-quality photographs that 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 credit, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Prerequisite: Art & Design

Can be paired with S2 Engineering II for a full-year requirement allowing enrollment in Engineering III.

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 juniors and seniors.
Prerequisites: Studio Ceramics or teacher approval.

This college level course is based on creating an AP portfolio. The work included in this portfolio will come from several semesters of clay. A base of 15 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 experience the content and produce the number and types of work required by the College Board. Students who intend to submit an AP portfolio are highly encouraged to take two semesters of this course.

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

This college level course is based on creating a portfolio. It is highly recommended that students who intend to submit an AP portfolio enroll in two semesters of this course. On average, students enrolled in both semesters will complete 15 artworks.  The AP portfolio requires a minimum of 20 artworks; students may use artworks created outside of class to reach the required number of artworks. AP Studio Art encourages students to explore their own interests in art. The course may also explore AP with WE service as an opportunity to consider how classroom work applies to the real world and how student artists can become agents of change.

Graphic Design Studio (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisites: Graphic Design.

This advanced course will focus on improving and expanding design skills while communicating and collaborating with the Knight Errant staff to create layouts for the newspaper and KEQ magazine. Students will have the opportunity to explore projects that fit personal interests while highlighting their strengths and challenging their ability to communicate design effectively

Photography Studio (S1) and/or (S2)
One semester, one credit.
Prerequisites: Photography II.

This advacned course is designed for students who have a desire to further investigate photography. 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.
Prerequisites: Photography I, II and Studio OR Graphic Design Studio

This college level course is based on creating a portfolio. The work included in the portfolio may come from any semester of graphic design or photography. A base of 15-20 quality artworks is recommended before registering for this course. The course may also explore AP with WE service as an opportunity to consider how classroom work applies to the real world and how student artists can become agents of change.

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

This college level course is based on creating a portfolio. It is highly recommended that students who intend to submit an AP portfolio enroll in two semesters of this course. On average, students enrolled in both semesters will complete 15 artworks. The AP portfolio requires 24 artworks; students may use artworks created outside of class to reach the required number of artworks. AP Studio Art encourages students to explore their own interests in art. The course may also explore AP with WE service as an opportunity to consider how classroom work applies to the real world and how student artists can become agents of change.

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

This college level course is based on creating a portfolio. The work included in this portfolio will come from several semesters of clay. A base of 15 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 experience the content and produce the number and types of work required by the College Board. Students who intend to submit an AP portfolio are highly encouraged to take two semesters of this course.