Visual Arts

Visual Arts Catalogue

Courses


Art Spectrum

6205 Art Spec 1 (Year, 9-12)

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement, the Visual and Performing Arts requirement for the UC and CSU systems.

Art Spectrum is the pathway or prerequisite course for Paly’s Painting/Drawing and Ceramics/Sculpture classes. It is a yearlong course that covers a variety of two and three dimensional art experiences, emphasizing design, technical and expressive skills, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and the language of art. While students may come with prior art experience, this class is important to building a strong high school level foundation.

Lessons primarily focus on art making, but will also include discussions, reflection/critiques, written assignments, and introductions to artists and works of historical significance. Projects will include experiences in design, drawing, shading, perspective, portraiture, color theory and painting, as well as work in clay and other three- dimensional media. Outside work will include sketchbook and occasional writing assignments.

As a result of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the basic technical and creative skills needed to produce two and three-dimensional works of art, show an understanding of design theory, be able to make informed critical reflections about their work, AS WELL AS THE WORK of others, DEVELOP an appreciation of historical and cultural contributions of art, and understand connections between art and life.

Students who believe that they qualify for admittance directly into Drawing and Painting must meet the following requirement:

  • Completion of beginning and intermediate level middle school art courses or the equivalent, through outside work; and
  • Presentation of a portfolio that demonstrates proficiency equivalent to Art Spectrum, reflecting the technical and creative skills in the areas of drawing and painting;
  • Instructor recommendation

Drawing & Painting

6340 Pt/Dr 1 (Year, 10-12)

Prerequisite: Art Spectrum or a portfolio review and the consent of instructor.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement, the Visual and Performing Arts requirement for the UC and CSU systems. It can be repeated for two years with credit.

Painting and Drawing is a yearlong, U.C. approved course that covers a variety of more advanced 2-dimensional experiences, including use of graphite, charcoal, pastels, acrylic, ink, watercolor, collage, mixed media, and print making. The curriculum will foster use of advanced vocabulary and A variety of advanced 2-D technical skills, as well as more in-depth creative/ expressive problem solving and critical thinking experiences. Units will primarily focus on art making, but will also include discussions, reflection/critiques, and written assignments. Short art history lectures will supplement units to introduce students to works and masters of historical significance, to the cultural importance of art, and to inspire work on in-class projects. Outside work will include sketchbook and occasional writing assignments.

As a result of taking this course, students will be able to demonstrate advanced technical and creative use of various drawing and painting tools and media, and participate meaningfully in critiques and critical reflection activities.


Advanced Drawing & Painting

6338 Adv Pt/Dr 2 (Year, 11-12)

Course Prerequisite: Successful completion of one full year of Drawing/Painting

This course can be used to fulfill a year of Career Tech credit, the Visual and Performing Arts requirement for the UC and CSU systems, and can be repeated an additional year of regular (non-CTE) credit.

Advanced Painting and Drawing is a yearlong course that allows students to develop greater command of technical skills, media, and advanced vocabulary, while pursuing more thematic depth and complexity, and a wider range of personal creative responses. As an approved Career Tech class, students are given regular exposure to vocational education/ career paths, and acquire skills that prepare them for real world work in the arts. Overall, it is a “Portfolio Preparation” course meant to build and refine 2-D work for a college portfolio, AP Studio Art Portfolio, or for personal interest. In support of this, the class emphasizes the development of personal imagery, allowing students to formulate their own concepts or artistic intentions.

To successfully complete the first semester, students will be expected to refine their use of various traditional art materials and processes, including graphite, charcoal, Conte, ink, pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. Second semester will focus on printmaking and oil painting, with the remaining time dedicated to the student’s own work, based on a set of established personal artistic goals. Because the class involves more independent work, students will be expected to demonstrate self-discipline and motivation to meet deadlines. Work outside of class will be necessary. Students will also be given outside visual research assignments, asked to present their work in class digitally. Sketchbooks will be mandatory.


Ceramics/Sculpture

6246 Cer/Scul (Year, 10-12)

Suggested Course Preparation: Art Spectrum or equivalent.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.

This course provides experiences in the study of ceramics and sculpture. The emphasis of this course is in mixed media and primarily involves the use of clay as a sculptural medium. Materials studied include glass, wood, metal, stone, plaster, and found objects. As a result of taking this course, students will be able to create works of art that reflect an understanding of the three dimensional elements of art and design. Students will learn to appreciate and discuss art of various cultures from past to present based on their understanding of the concepts, ideas, techniques, and materials of those cultures. Written reports, gallery/museum visits and oral critiques are integral parts of the curriculum.


Advanced Sculpture

6388 AdvSculp1 (Year, 10-12)

Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor.

Suggested Course Preparation: Ceramics/Sculpture 6246.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f“ requirement for the University of California and the CSU requirement. This course can be repeated for credit for three years.

Students in Advanced Sculpture continue to explore techniques in a variety of media to express their thoughts, using the visual language of form, space, color, and texture. Three-dimensional media include clay, glass, metal, wood, plaster, and found objects. Students work in sketchbooks designing thematic projects, leading to fabrication and installation of their sculpture. In depth study of contemporary art and visits to galleries and museums is required study. There is an emphasis on individual artistic expression and aesthetic inquiry.

This course can satisfy either the Fine Arts or Career Technical Education graduation requirement. This course can be used to fulfill the CTE requirement.


Art History / AP Art History

6240 ArtHist 1 (Year, 10-12)
6249 AP Art History (Year, 10-12)
6241 ArtHist 11 Art History 1st Semester: Prehistoric through the Renaissance (Semester, 10-12)
6242 ArtHist 12 Art History 2nd Semester: 16th Century–Present Day (Semester, 10-12)

This course can be taken as a year-long course to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU systems, and can be taken for AP credit with enrollment for the entire year and completion of additional AP course work. OR, Students can register for one semester (either first or second semester) and receive one semester of Social Science elective credit. (Refer to History-Social Science elective listings.)

This course is an illustrated chronological survey of art history from ancient through modern times. Its primary focus is on Western Art, including architecture, painting, sculpture, monuments, and less traditional art forms, but the class also highlights important non-Western cultures and art. First semester will focus on Prehistoric art through the Renaissance period, and second semester, art from the 17th century through modern times. Class activities will include slide presentations and lectures, films, class discussions, reading and writing activities, oral presentations, and museum visits. Discussions will highlight important historical periods, civilization centers, artistic styles, artists, and works of art. We will also cover important political, social, religious, and technological issues relevant to each period, and the impact of art from one period on another period. Outside work will include reading, writing, and museum visits.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major periods, ideas, artists, and works important to the development of art. They will also be able to analyze content, meaning and artistic form, verbally and in written essays.


AP Studio Art: Drawing & 2-D Design

6459 AP Studio Art (Year, 11-12)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one full year of Painting/Drawing and Advanced Painting/Drawing, or Advanced Photography, and/or Advanced Sculpture.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the UC and CSU systems.

Students must complete a portfolio review with an instructor in Spring semester of the previous year. Portfolio review reflects the necessary preparation and skill development designated in the College Board AP Studio Art Vertical Alignment curriculum. Quality of artworks must reflect preparation and demonstration of advanced levels skills to develop a college level portfolio of 30 artworks for digital submission in May to the College Board for AP evaluation. AP projects will be assigned each month to develop of student Concentration ideasas, Breadth of artwork and Quality section selections. The course is divided into 3 sections of media focus: AP 2D Design, AP Drawing, and AP 3D Design. Students should indicate their media focus when signing up for the course after their portfolio has been reviewed by an AP instructor. Options:

  • 2D Design – Photography Focus: digital and film photography, collage, painting, drawing, and mixed media
  • 2D Design – Painting/Drawing
  • 2D Design – Drawing
  • 3D Design – 3D selected media: glass, clay, fibers, fabric, metal, plastic, and found objects

AP Studio Art: Photography / Photography & Mixed Media

6459 ArtStudioAP (Year, 11-12)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one full year of Advanced Photography or approved portfolio. These two courses can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the UC and CSU systems.

Students in AP Studio Art must meet with instructor in Spring Semester of the previous year for a portfolio review of all completed artworks and sketchbook practice. The portfolio review must reflect the necessary preparation and art skill level designated in the College Board AP Art Studio Vertical Alignment curriculum guide. Students will visit the College Board Web site to review portfolio standards, styles, options, and requirements. Each month students research two historical and contemporary artists of their choice and integrate class artist/period reviews into their stylistic development. Students keep a sketchbook of working ideas and visual research. Assignments consist of 30 pieces using a variety of art media. Students will create or submit 29 college- level art works in three specified sections: Concentration, Breadth, and Quality. Focus will be on individual development of student selected Concentration imagery developed through 12 artworks, while completing 12 comprehensive pieces for the Breadth section. These 24 artworks will be photographed or scanned for digital portfolio submission starting in February. Students select their 5 best images (18″ x 24″ maximum size) for the Quality section submission by May 1st. It is strongly recommended that students complete a summer art workshop prior to beginning the AP class to learn artistic practice that will support the rigorous development of 29 high quality artworks.


Photography

6150 Photo 1 (Year, 9-12)

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.

Students learn applications of film and digital photography. Focus is on developing composition and design skills using elements & principles of art to enhance visual literacy and applications based on professional practice. Project-based assignments integrate art history and current events in traditional categories of portraiture, landscape, photo-essay, and street photography. Digital applications include file management and editing in Photoshop, Lightroom, and iPhoto, cellphone apps, slideshow exports and file-sharing in online applications like Facebook, Vimeo, and Tumblr. Film applications include use of 35mm cameras and photochemistry for film processing and darkroom printing. Students contribute to project blogs and submit images for local and regional contests, as well as printing for exhibition and school displays. One actual gallery visit, 3 virtual gallery reviews, and class critiques are required to develop viewing and commentary skills using art vocabulary to explore historical and cultural aspects of expression and representation. Foundational skills are acquired to apply in Advanced Photography, AP Studio Art, Graphic Publication and Journalism classes.


Advanced Photo

6158 Adv Photo (Year, 10-12)

Prerequisite: Photo 1, Journalism Photography experience, Video Production, or portfolio review by instructor.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU. This course can be repeated for credit upon recommendation of the instructor.

Course builds on skills developed in beginning Art or Journalism classes. Focus is on practicing technical, cultural, and expressive skills for visual literacy while developing a passion for image-making. Students will master film and digital techniques and expand composing skills using digital, film, and darkroom technologies. Projects include Photojournalism, Collaborative Web site, Mixed-media, Environmental, Action, and Series photography. Techniques using framing, perspective, studio and outdoor lighting will be expanded for dynamic composing. Each student will mount an exhibition on a selected Series topic in the ARC gallery, as well as for a final project book publication using InDesign. Study of significant historical movements, artists and professional practice in Photography will be linked to each project. Students explore a wide range of photographic styles from documentary to alternative process to integrate into their topic focus for each project. Focus is on developing advanced skills for portfolio development, exhibition, contest entry, college/job interviews, and preparation for AP Studio Art, Yearbook, Journalism, and Video Production courses.

This course can satisfy either the Fine Arts or Career Technical Education graduation requirement.


Graphic Design

6262 GraphDes (Year, 9-12)

Art Spectrum a suggested prerequisite, but not mandatory. Note that students taking Graphic Design without first taking Art Spectrum will not be able to go directly into Sculpture or Drawing and Painting courses, without first taking Art Spectrum or presenting a comparable portfolio.

This course can be used to fulfill the “F” requirement for the University of California and CSU, and may be repeated for credit.

Graphic Design is an introduction to the skills, concepts, aesthetics, psychology, and careers associated with the field of graphic arts. Students will explore the fundamentals of graphic design in both traditional and digital media, with digital tools providing the primary focus (including Creative Suite/ Photoshop, Illustrator). Students will become competent with methods and processes used by designers in creating meaningful and engaging work for a variety of audiences. Assignments will involve illustration techniques, logos/identity branding, advertising, storyboards, and type design. Visual composition, layout, and color will also be addressed. Ultimately, students will develop an understanding of contemporary design and its relevance, and be able to analyze critically their work and that of others.


Graphic Publication (Yearbook)

6167 Gprd/Yrbk (Year, 9-12)

This course does not meet UC/CSU Art requirement.

The course can be repeated for full credit for four years. Students learn photography and design skills for publication of the school yearbook. Course focus is on the production of the Madrono yearbook within a series of publication deadlines. Students learn InDesign skills for layout and page design during the first quarter, and are encouraged to participate in the summer workshop in August. Students collaborate to create a theme, photograph events, and design pages to illustrate all school events using the selected theme. In addition to class time, students are required to participate after school (or during prep periods) during five production weeks throughout the school year (starting in November). A significant “after-hours” commitment is required to photograph school events and during production weeks. Editorial positions are awarded to students with experience on a publication team, with priority going to students serving on prior Madrono staffs.

This course can satisfy either the Fine Arts or Career Technical Education graduation requirement.


Video Production: Digital Film-Making IM

1037 Video Prod (Year, 9-12)

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.

In this course students will investigate techniques of video production: directorial style, script development, camera technique, editing, etc. Evaluation of the aesthetic principles of videography, investigation of selected historical topics, and “hands-on” training in video technique will form the basis of most class sessions. Students will write, shoot, and edit short films ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. In order to produce original digital films, students will be trained in camera technique and in the uses of non-linear editing and audio creation software applications.


Advanced Video Production: Digital Film-Making II

1038 Adv Video (Year, 10-12)

Prerequisite: Video Production and permission of instructor.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.

This advanced course provides students with opportunities to work on individual and small group video projects. Workshop methods will be employed to provide students with understandings of advanced principles and practices of videography. Students in this course will be expected to develop project treatments, write and rewrite shooting scripts, develop storyboards, record and edit projects.

This course satisfies either the Fine Arts or Career‑Technical Education graduation requirement. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.