Art + Design Advanced Study Program

This group of classes are designed for students who are interested in taking their passion for art making and an interest in the history of art and culture to the next level. These classes will focus on either a deep investigation of personal creative expression or the art and artists that shaped the broader field of art overall. Student artists in the studio courses will have the opportunity to acquire more advanced media and technical knowledge through the development of a body of work that addresses a personal, conceptual theme and the investigation of an artistic style or voice. Students in the history course will learn valuable skills such as: how to interpret and understand a piece of art or architecture, historical context of diverse cultural viewpoints, write effective criticism and analysis of art objects.

A135 Honors Studio Art

Prerequisites: 2-D Studio, 3-D Studio or Graphics & Photography Studio   
Open to: 10, 11, 12
1 CREDIT

As an artist in this class, you will participate in an advanced study of studio based art-making.  You will use a variety of traditional and contemporary art media to develop a personal style and a 16 piece high-quality portfolio. This class will emphasize an individual persistence of ideas through the development of a series of work with a common theme.  This course may be repeated.

A139 AP Studio Art

Prerequisite: Honors Studio Art (Recommended)   
Open to: 10, 11, 12
1 CREDIT

Student artists in this course will have the opportunity to acquire more advanced media and technical knowledge through the development of a body of work that addresses a personal, conceptual theme and the investigation of an artistic style or voice. Students will produce a collegiate/university level portfolio of 29 pieces that meets all required criteria for submission to the AP College Board. This portfolio consists of three components: Quality, Concentration and Breadth. This class is ideal for student artists who are excited about their growth, ready for a new challenge and/or considering art-related majors in college. This course may be repeated.

A137 AP Art History

Prerequisites: None   
Open to: 10, 11, 12
1 CREDIT

This course is unique in the Art offerings, in that students do not actually make art.  Many students who take this course will have never taken an art class before, but are interested in studying history and culture and getting college credit.  Students in this class study the history and development of Art and artists from all over the world.  You will learn valuable skills like how to interpret and understand a piece of art or architecture, how to understand diverse cultural viewpoints, and how to write effective criticism and analysis of art objects.  Students in this course get the opportunity to experience Art in a huge variety of ways including through a variety of traditional, video, podcast, and online resources, field trips to the rich cultural sites around Chicago such as museums and architectural tours, and travel. This course is an excellent preparation for any student planning on attending college.  Many college programs require Art History courses, and students who do well on the AP Art History exam can often receive credit for two full college courses.  Any student who may be considering studying Art, Architecture, or Design in college is strongly encouraged to take this course.  An understanding of Art History is extremely valuable for a wide variety of careers including museum studies, education, anthropology, sociology, political science, world cultures and languages, business, advertising, and many others.