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SHS Visual Art Courses 

Introductory Graphic Art & Design – Semester Course, one credit
*Highly Recommended for AP Art

Graphic Art and Design is a one-semester computer art course for students who are interested in combining their interest of computers, digital photography, and art. Students will learn to use the Abode Illustrator & Photoshop programs, along with a variety of other tools, and develop the initial skills of the graphic artist. Prospective projects include, but are not limited to, illustration-101, artist emulation, posters and logos. Students will also create and maintain an online design portfolio. 

Intermediate Graphic Art & Design – Semester Course, one credit
Prerequisite for Intermediate: Introductory GA & D
Prerequisite for Advanced: Intermediate GA & D

Intermediate Graphic Art & Design is a one-semester computer art course for students who are interested in expanding their knowledge of graphic design. Students will work in an ad agency/design studio atmosphere to complete “jobs” for prospective school and community clients. Students will also work on assignments meant to enhance their digital portfolios. While continuing to work on their skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, students will be introduced to the publication-layout program, Adobe In-Design.

Advanced Graphic Design – Semester course, one credit per semester
Prerequisite: Intermediate Graphic Design

Advanced Graphic Design is a one-semester computer art course for students who are interested in the development and expansion of their knowledge of graphic art and design. Students will work in an ad agency/design studio atmosphere to complete “jobs” for prospective school and community clients. The aim of this class is to work on assignments intended to help develop students’ design portfolios, and to investigate the creative, tech-heavy world of the 21st century graphic designer. The semester will be divided between a variety of breadth assignments and a developed concentration. For those who are successful in, and serious about graphic design, the advanced course may be taken multiple times (instructor approval needed).

Visual Art 1- Year Course, one credit per semester or Visual Art I- Zero Hour   (Zero hour class meets before school from 6:45-7:30 a.m. Zero Hour Art gives students the opportunity to take art whose schedule otherwise wouldn't allow it.) 

Visual Art I is a full year foundations art course. The curriculum covers basic techniques using a variety of mediums- drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The emphasis is on drawing from observation, technique, and composition. Students will learn to analyze and discuss contemporary and historical art both verbally and through writing. 

Sculpture- 3D Design & Concepts- Semester Course, One Credit Per Semester
Perquisite: Visual Art I

3D Design and Concepts is a semester course that will explore the elements of 3D art using materials such as ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture. Community partnership/collaboration will be a component of the class. May be repeated multiple semesters to continue to build 3D art skills.

Visual Art II- Year Course, one credit per semester, or Zero hour (class meets before school from 6:45-7:30. Zero hour art allows students the opportunity to take art whose schedule otherwise wouldn't allow it.)
Prerequisite: Visual Art I

Visual art II is a fully year course that allows students to explore advanced art techniques create larger works, and provides the opportunity to develop their own artistic voice. Some of the mediums used are pencil, acrylics, watercolor, printmaking, clay and other sculptural materials. Students will learn to analyze and discuss contemporary and historical art both verbally and through writing.  

Visual Art III- Year course, one credit per semester or zero hour (class meets before school from 6:45-7:30 a.m. Zero hour art allows students the opportunity to take art whose schedule otherwise wouldn't allow it.)  
Prerequisite: Visual Art II 

Visual art III is a full-year course that focuses on drawing, paint, printmaking, and mixed media techniques. Clay and other sculptural materials are also explored. During semester two, students have the opportunity to concentrate mostly in 2D or 3D in order to develop technical art skills more deeply in a focused area of study in preparation for AP Studio Art. Students will continue to analyze, respond to and discuss contemporary and historical art both verbally and through writing. 

Visual Art IV- Year course, one credit per semester or Zero hour (class meets before school from 6:45-7:30 a.m. Zero hour art allows students the opportunity to take art whose schedule otherwise wouldn't allow it.) 
Prerequisite: Visual art III

Visual art IV is a full-year course for students who wish to further develop their art skills through a breadth of techniques and design problems.

Advanced Placement Studio Art- Year course, one credit per semester, weighted course prerequisite: senior, visual art I or higher with teacher approval
Recommended: Introductory graphic art and design

AP studio art is a full year course taught at the university level. The course is for the serious art student who wishes to develop an art portfolio in 2D Design, 3D Design or Drawing. During Semester I, the student will showcase their skills in various mediums to create a breath of work. In semester 2, the student will concentrate on an area of interest to develop a cohesive body of work. The expectation is to create 24 major pieces of artwork throughout the school year.  

Advanced Placement Art History – Year course, one credit per semester
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior

AP Art History is a full year course that prepares students for the AP Art History Exam, and can count for college credit. This course offers the serious student the opportunity to explore in depth, the history of art from ancient times to the present. Through readings, online exploration*, videos, and museum visits, students will view significant works of art from around the world, and examine their social, cultural, and political context. Writing skills will be important in the description, analysis, and comparison of these works. This course diverges from the traditional idea of an art class and will be attractive to all college-bound students, especially those with an interest in history.   This course can be taken in pursuit of the Global Education Achievement Certificate at SHS.  * AP Art History is a blended class, meaning we will take full advantage of the computers in the design lab, computers scattered throughout the campus, and access from student computers within homes or public spaces (public libraries) to learn the material.

** All art courses listed above are options to fulfill the graduation requirements for two credits of Fine Arts.

Course Fees:

  • AP Art Fee: $40
  • Art I-IV (Including zero hour): $35
  • Intro to Graphic Arts: $10 per semester
  • Intermediate Graphic Arts: $20 per semester
  • Advanced Graphic Arts: $20 per semester
  • Please note: In all non-computer based art classes, students will be responsible for purchasing items such as pencils, markers, brushes, erasers, etc.  

Click here to see a complete listing of all courses offered at Shorewood High School. 


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