Art

Art is a vital part of every child’s development. Art is a way of understanding one’s self, one’s society and other cultures. Art provides the means for expressing and communicating thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Art education provides the gifts of vision, appreciation, and joy for the student to take into the world. Every student at Nonnewaug High School will have a quality art education with self-expression at the heart of the program. Students will experience art as a visual language involving a unique body of knowledge. They will develop perception, imagination, and the ability to communicate and think critically as they engage in the program at every level. Students will learn through a series of organized art experiences to look, discover, and understand. Their original and creative work will tap inner resources and give a personal sense of satisfaction and confidence.

NHS Learning Expectations - Graduates of Nonnewaug High School will demonstrate that they are independent, technologically-adept learners and collaborative, adaptable team members who respect diversity of opinion and successfully work with others to reach a common goal.


Art Courses


FOUNDATION ART 9-12

1 credit

This is an exciting course for anyone interested in art. This course covers drawing, painting, printmaking and clay as well as the history and appreciation of art. Students will train their eyes to better draw what they see and learn different methods of drawing including contour, blind contour, and gesture. Students will learn how to create a composition and make objects look three-dimensional. Painting still-life, color theory, and critiquing art work will also be taught. This course is the beginning of a four-year sequence for possible future careers such as: Graphic Design, Painting, Web Design, Sculpture, Illustration, and Photography. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


YEARBOOK 9-12

1 credit - Course meets .5 technology requirement for graduation

This dynamic course will challenge student’s critical thinking, time management, and creativity. Through collaboration with peers, students will create the school’s entire yearbook from cover to cover. Students will use a variety of technology, such as digital cameras, scanners, and large format printers. Students will also use unique editing software including Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat to create a theme, lay-out, content, and final design. Students will also learn how to market and sell to their audience by creating informational designs and implementing effective community outreach strategies. With the guidance of the teacher, students will take ownership over an important artifact of their high school careers, culminating in a complete and successful yearbook. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


ADVANCED ART 10-12

1 credit

Students who successfully complete Foundation Art may continue to develop the skills introduced in Foundation Art with an in-depth study of painting and drawing and use of new mediums including pen and ink, colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, charcoal and collage. Students will work from life and photographs to create landscapes and still-life in a representational style and to develop their artistic voice. Prerequisite Required: Foundation Art or Department Chair approval; College Prep


SCULPTURE 1 (Formerly called 3D Sculpture Design 1) 10-12

.5 credit

This course will explore 3-dimensional design in the form of sculpture. Focus will be placed on the exploration of form in a variety of mediums. Students will create a book from scratch, make wire sculpture, and carve plaster. They will explore the elements and principles of design as they apply to 3-dimensional work. Students will learn about contemporary sculptors as they relate to the works created in class. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


SCULPTURE 2 (Formerly called 3D Sculpture Design 2) 10-12

.5 credit

This course will build upon the fundamentals learned in Sculpture I with a more in-depth exploration of the challenges of clay. New materials such as stone, Paper Mache, wax, and cardboard will be introduced as well as more challenging assignments in the methods of carving, relief, and assemblage. Students will critique artists who have sculpted with these mediums. Prerequisite Required: Sculpture I; College Prep


DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (Formerly called Photography) 10-12

.5 credit

Students will learn how to take a compositionaly artistic photograph using digital camera technology. This course incorporates the exploration of career opportunities and the history of photography as an art form. Students will be required to spend additional time, outside of class, taking a variety of photographs. Students are expected to provide their own photo paper for printing final copies of their work. No Prerequisite Required;College Prep


APPLIED ART 11-12

1 credit

This third year course involves an in-depth study with advanced media. It will include greater exploration into drawing, painting, printmaking, and college studio experiences. Emphasis on craftsmanship and presentation of work is stressed. There is also further study of art movements, history, criticism, and aesthetic appreciation. Prerequisite Required: Advanced Art or Department Chair approval; College Prep


STUDIO ART 12

1 credit

This fourth year program will include continued development with all media, advanced concepts, and techniques. Emphasis on craftsmanship and presentation of work is stressed at a higher level. This course is designed to allow the serious art student the opportunity to concentrate on long-term projects and, for those choosing an art career, to prepare a portfolio for admission into higher art education. Prerequisite Required: Applied Art or Department Chair approval; College Prep


DIGITAL DESIGN 9-12

1 credit - Course meets technology requirement for graduation

This course is open to all students who have an interest in graphic design, and want to work with state-of-the-art technology. Digital imaging, page layout, digital photography, and illustration will be covered. Students will learn Adobe Creative Suite 5, Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, and Flash. They will develop and utilize vocabulary and think critically about design and design software basics. Students will create design projects using iMac computers and the Macintosh operating system. Students will also research topics related to visual communications and the visual arts. Students will be required to exercise effort outside of class time to finish projects as needed. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


ADVANCED DIGITAL DESIGN 10-12

1 credit - Course meets technology requirement for graduation

This course will allow students to study the areas of electronic publishing & design in greater depth. Creative Suite 5 will be the primary software package used in this course. Exploration of publishing, print and visual communications and vocations will be encouraged. Students taking this course must demonstrate a sincere desire to create a final published product and will be expected to spend time outside of class to complete parts of the overall process. Students will be expected to demonstrate intermediate to Advanced skills with Photoshop, Illustration and In-Design. The second semester will teach Adobe Flash web/animation software and proficiency will be expected. Scanning, importing and exporting images, tiling, and creating large visual pieces for display will be required. The course will focus on completion of a digital and visual portfolio. Prerequisite Required: Introduction to Digital Design; College Prep


ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STUDIO ART 2D PORTFOLIO 11-12

1 credit

This course is open to junior and senior students who meet department criteria and have approval from the Art Department. The AP program provides an opportunity for secondary school students to pursue and receive credit for college-level course work. Students are asked to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of areas. Drawing, photography, color and design would qualify as addressing 2D design issues for the AP examination in May. The Art Department recommends that students also enroll in either Applied Art or Studio Art while taking this course. Prerequisite Required: Advanced Art or Department Chair approval; Advanced Placement


ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART DRAWING PORTFOLIO 11-12

1 credit

This course is open to junior and senior students who meet department criteria and have approval from the Art Department. The AP program provides an opportunity for secondary school students to pursue and receive credit for college-level course work. The Drawing Portfolio is designed to entertain a very broad interpretation of drawing issues. For example, many types of painting, print making, studies for sculpture, and some forms of design, as well as abstract and observational works, would qualify as addressing drawing issues for the examination in May. The art department recommends that students also enroll in either Applied Art or Studio Art while taking this course. Prerequisite Required: Advanced Art or Department Chair approval; Advanced Placement

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