Drawing 1

A16011, A16012

Course Fee
Drawing 1 is a beginning course designed to instill confidence in students who wish to draw realistically. Students will explore a variety of drawing techniques and media with a focus on composition to develop a strong foundation of skill and understanding of 2D art.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Drawing 2

A19011, A19012

Course Fee
This is an intermediate course in drawing with an emphasis on developing personal style and formulating ideas in art-making. Arranged on an assigned project basis, this course requires skills in drawing and composition. Drawing skills are strengthened using media such as graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink, and painting as it applies to drawing.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Drawing 1

Drawing 3

A20011, A20012

Course Fee
Students will work from teacher-generated lessons designed to encourage creativity as well as improve their skills and expand their knowledge of the particular subject area. There will also be an opportunity for the student to expand into other media and develop mixed-media projects. All Drawing 3 level course assignments will be geared toward the production of portfolio quality work. All work will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on their portfolio.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Drawing 1 & Drawing 2

Drawing 4

A21011, A21012

Course Fee
This class is designed for the accomplished art student interested in further development of advanced skills in their area of interest while developing individual artistic voice. There may also be an opportunity for the student to expand into other media and develop mixed-media projects. All Drawing 4 level course assignments will be geared toward the production of portfolio quality work. All work will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on their portfolio.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Drawing 1, Drawing 2, & Drawing 3

Painting 1

A22011, A22012

Course Fee
Painting 1 is an intermediate course designed to develop traditional technique and an understanding of painting. This course will teach the skills and techniques of painting and may include acrylics, water colors, and/or oil paint. Through a series of related assignments, students will learn how to mix colors and values, use color/light theory concepts to make objects look three dimensional, and use various brushwork techniques. Students will create various styles of work based on representation and abstraction emphasizing compositional rules to create visually compelling works of art. – Drawing 2 Recommended.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Drawing 1

Painting 2

A23011, A23012

Course Fee
This is an intermediate painting course in which the students experiment with modern technique and a variety of painting media to further develop individual expression. This painting course is a continuation of the technique of Painting 1; however, the emphasis will shift toward the development of a personal style, concept formulation and an understanding of visual culture. A variety of media will be used to stimulate creative thought.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Drawing 1 & Painting 1

Painting 3

A27011, A27012

Course Fee
Students will work from teacher-generated lessons designed to encourage creativity as well as improve their skills and expand their knowledge of the particular subject area. There will also be an opportunity for the student to expand into other media and develop mixed-media projects. All Painting 3 level course assignments will be geared toward the production of portfolio quality work. All work will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art, the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Drawing 1, Painting 1, & Painting 2

Painting 4

A28011, A28012

Course Fee
This class is designed for the accomplished art student interested in further development of advanced skills in their area of interest while developing individual artistic voice. All Painting 4 level course assignments will be geared towards the production of portfolio quality work and will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on their portfolio.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Drawing 1, Painting 1, Painting 2, & Painting 3

Ceramics 1

A37011, A37012

Course Fee
Ceramics 1 is a beginning course that focuses on the study of hand-building methods to create unique pieces. These methods include pinch, coil, soft slab, and hard slab. Students also study ceramic art created by various cultures throughout history and examine diverse techniques and styles. Simple glazing techniques are also introduced.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Ceramics 2

A38011, A38012

Course Fee
This is an intermediate course that introduces the student to basic wheel throwing and further hand-building techniques to develop individual expression. More advanced glazing techniques are covered in addition to creating larger pieces with a focus on craftsmanship.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Ceramics 1

Ceramics 3

A39011, A39012

Course Fee
Students will work from teacher-generated lessons designed to encourage creativity as well as improve their skills and expand their knowledge of ceramics. All Ceramics 3 level course assignments will be geared toward the production of portfolio quality work. All work will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Ceramics 1 & Ceramics 2

Ceramics 4

A40011, A40012

Course Fee
This class is designed for the accomplished art student interested in further development of advanced skills in their area of interest while developing individual artistic voice. All Ceramics 4 level course assignments will be geared towards the production of portfolio quality work and will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Ceramics 1, Ceramics 2 & Ceramics 3

Jewelry/Metals 1

A43011, A43012

Course Fee
This course is a basic introduction to processes necessary to create metal works and jewelry using copper, brass, and silver. Students will become proficient in sawing, piercing and soldering to construct pieces such as pendants, bracelets, and silver rings. Another technique that may be learned is the lost wax centrifugal cast method, where a ring is first carved in wax with the resulting model being cast in sterling silver. For each project students will learn ways in which artists use references from everyday life (such as nature) to inspire their final designs.
Level: 9, 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Jewelry/Metals 2

A44011, A44012

Course Fee
In this class students will further their technical skills of sawing, forming, and soldering metal. More advanced techniques will be learned and new jewelry materials will be introduced. Students will also make pieces that are more sculptural in nature, such as metal boxes with feet, handles and/or knobs. Student Independence and creativity are emphasized.
Level: 9, 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Jewelry/Metals 1

Jewelry/Metals 3

A45011, A45012

Course Fee
Students will work from teacher-generated lessons designed to encourage creativity as well as improve their skills and expand their knowledge of the particular subject area. There will also be an opportunity for the student to expand into other media and develop mixed-media projects. All assignments will be geared toward the production of portfolio quality work. All work will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Jewelry/Metals 1, Jewelry Metals 2

Jewelry/Metals 4

A46011, A46012

Course Fee
This class is designed for the accomplished art student interested in further development of advanced skills in their area of interest while developing individual artistic voice. All Jewelry/Metals 4 level course assignments will be geared towards the production of portfolio quality work and will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Jewelry/Metals 1, Jewelry Metals 2 & Jewelry Metals 3

Sculpture 1

A63011, A63012 (Both semesters NNHS)

A63012 (Second semester only NCHS)

Course Fee
This class offers the opportunity for the student interested in 3D Arts to explore other media beyond ceramics and jewelry. Materials utilized may include, but are not limited to: plaster, found/altered objects, stone, glass and fiber. This course will allow a student considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 9, 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Ceramics 1 or Jewelry/Metals 1

Sculpture 2

A64011, A64012 (Both semesters NNHS)

A64012 (Second semester only NCHS)

Course Fee
Sculpture 2 offers the opportunity for students interested in 3D arts to explore sculptural media beyond what is covered in the entry-level sculpture course. Materials utilized include, but are not limited to, plaster, stone, glass, and fiber. Students learn new skills and develop previous skills to create artwork that is more concept-based. This course also allows students the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam for AP Studio Art 3D.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Ceramics 1 or Jewelry/Metals 1 and Sculpture 1

Photography 1 (Traditional)

A50011, A50012

Course Fee
This beginning level photography course will provide the student with a thorough working knowledge of the aesthetic and technical principles of black and white photography. This will include both image taking as well as print making. Students must have access to a 35mm SLR camera, capable of manual control of f-stop and shutter speed, available for their own use. This camera must be available before enrolling in the course. Students are to provide their own film and photographic paper, which can be purchased from the school. May be used to fulfill Fine Art or CTE credit. This course will no longer be granted CTE credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Photography 2 (Traditional)

A51011, A51012

Course Fee
Photography 2 (Traditional) is an advanced level of black and white photography expanding on the skills learned in Photography 1 (Traditional). It explores composition, creativity, aesthetics, and sophisticated darkroom techniques, emphasizing the use of black and white negative film materials. Further skills in film processing, specialized filters, lighting, lenses, and developing are explored. Students are required to supply their own 35mm SLR film camera. May be used to fulfill Fine Art or CTE credit. This course will no longer be granted CTE credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Photography 1 (Traditional)

Photography 3

A52011, A52012

Course Fee
Students will work from teacher-generated lessons designed to encourage creativity as well as improve their skills and expand their knowledge of the particular subject area. There will also be an opportunity for the student to expand into other media and develop mixed-media projects. All Photography 3 level course assignments will be geared toward the production of portfolio quality work. All work will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Photography 1 (Traditional) & Photography 2 (Traditional or Digital)

Photography 4

A53011, A53012

Course Fee
This class is designed for the accomplished art student interested in further development of advanced skills in their area of interest while developing individual artistic voice. All Photography 4 level course assignments will be geared towards the production of portfolio quality work and will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art, the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Photography 1 (Traditional), Photo 2 (Traditional or Digital), & Photo 3

Photography 2 (Digital)

A54011, A54012

Course Fee
Photography 2 (Digital) is an advanced level of photography expanding on the skills learned in Photography 1 (Traditional). It explores composition, creativity, aesthetics, as well as sophisticated post-processing techniques (digital photo manipulation, color correct, photo repair, etc.) using Adobe Photoshop. Students are required to supply their own DSLR camera (8 megapixel minimum). May be used to fulfill Fine Art or CTE credit. This course will no longer be granted CTE credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Photography 1 (Traditional)

Film & Video Arts 1

A55511, A55512

Course Fee
This course is an introduction to the process of filmmaking. This project-based, hands-on class is geared towards students who are interested in learning the technical and visual skills utilized by filmmakers. Students will learn how to create short films that focus on telling stories using visual elements and principles, in addition to learning how to use digital cameras and editing software. Students will work both collaboratively and individually with an emphasis on visual and aesthetic composition, camera knowledge and techniques, lighting, editing, and sound effects. This class is available to students all grade levels, who have met one or more of the prerequisites. Students who enroll in this course may be interested in deepening their study of film through Film as Literature or Film Production.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Photo 1 or Digital Art 1 or Acting or Instructor Approval

Film & Video Arts 2

A56511, A56512

Course Fee Pending Board Approval
Film & Video Arts 2 is an advanced filmmaking class that expands the skills learned in the first level course. This project based studio class will explore a wide variety of filmmaking styles, including surrealism, documentaries, and dramatic short films. Students will work collaboratively and individually on projects that are designed to guide students through understanding advanced filmmaking techniques. The course focuses on visual and aesthetic composition, color theory in filmmaking, camera composition, advanced editing techniques and special effects. The editing software covered in this course includes Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Photo 1 or Digital Art 1 or Acting and Film & Video Arts 1

Digital Art 1

A57011, A57012

Course Fee
In this course, students will explore digital art making through the use of Adobe Photoshop. The course provides a technological environment that closely parallels the professional community. Students will create unique and inventive visual art while demonstrating competency with software and peripheral devices, i.e. scanner, digital camera and printer. Students will think critically, solve visual problems and communicate meaningful ideas in ways that impact the viewer. May be used to fulfill CTE credit. This course will no longer be granted CTE credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Digital Art 2

A58011, A58012

Course Fee
This course is designed as a continuation of the skills learned in Digital Art 1. In Digital Art 2, students will work on extensive projects allowing for the mastery of skills and development of personal style. Students will continue to think critically and problem solve while further exploring the areas of digital drawing, painting and photo manipulation. Project ideas may also explore 3D rendering and animation techniques. This course may be used to fulfill CTE credit. This course will no longer be granted CTE credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Digital Art 1

Digital Art 3

A59011, A59012

Course Fee
This course is designed as a continuation of the skills learned in Digital Art 2. In Digital Art 3, students will work on extensive projects allowing for the mastery of skills and development of personal style. Students will continue to think critically and problem solve while further exploring the areas of digital drawing, painting, and photo manipulation. Project ideas may also explore 3D rendering and animation techniques. This course may be used to fulfill Fine Art or CTE credit. This course will no longer be granted CTE credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Digital Art 1 & Digital Art 2

Digital Art 4

A60011, A60012

Course Fee
This class is designed for the accomplished art student interested in further development of advanced skills in their area of interest while developing individual artistic voice. All Digital Art 4 level course assignments will be geared towards the production of portfolio quality work and will be held to the highest level of evaluation by the instructor. This course will also allow a student who is considering taking AP Studio Art, the experience of working with varied media that will have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Digital Art 1, Digital Art 2, & Digital Art 3

AP Art History

A910A1 – A910A2

Weighted
Course Fee
This course is designed to provide the same benefits to secondary school students as those provided by a college course in Art History. Topics covered: What is art and how is it made? Why and how does art change? How do we describe our thinking about art? These are the questions we will explore in this course. We will focus on an artwork’s meaning and function, its maker’s methodology, and the ways it reflects and affects its historical and cultural context. This curriculum is based on ten cultural/chronological units, emphasizing daily practice of questioning techniques, methods of discussion, analytical paradigms, guided discovery, and independent learning. These enable students to develop critical thinking and visual literacy skills with which they can find meaning from any artwork they encounter throughout their lives. Classwork will be augmented by field trips to many of the fine art museums in the area. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. This course will no longer be granted Social Studies credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Teacher Recommendation
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: None

Blended AP Art History

A910T1 – A910T2

Weighted
Course Fee
This course is designed to provide the same benefits to secondary school students as those provided by a college course in Art History. Topics covered: What is art and how is it made? Why and how does art change? How do we describe our thinking about art? These are the questions we will explore in this course. We will focus on an artwork’s meaning and function, its maker’s methodology and the ways it reflects and affects its historical and cultural context. This curriculum is based on ten cultural/chronological units, emphasizing daily practice of questioning techniques, methods of discussion, analytical paradigms, guided discovery, and independent learning. These enable students to develop critical thinking and visual literacy skills with which they can find meaning from any artwork they encounter throughout their lives. Classwork will be augmented by field trips to many of the fine art museums in the area. Students are expected to take the College Board exam in May. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face leaning and online independent learning. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. This course will no longer be granted Social Studies credit for members of the class of 2023+.
Teacher Recommendation
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: None

AP Studio Art 2D

A930A1-A930A2

AP Studio Art 2D Design

A935A1-A935A2

AP Studio Art 3D

A940A1-A940A2

Weighted
Course Fee
The Advanced Placement Studio Art course enables highly motivated upperclassmen to perform at the college level. This course may be taken two times. The course requires a year-long commitment to complete a portfolio which demonstrates breadth of experiences in media and techniques and a concentration or commitment to a particular artistic concern. The portfolio may include a variety of representational, abstract or expressive works that are highly meaningful and demonstrate technical proficiency. Students may choose between three portfolios: 2D Drawing and Painting; 2D Design, which includes graphic design, digital art, and photography; or, 3D Design, comprised of ceramics, jewelry, mixed 3D media and sculptures. To be considered for acceptance in this class, a portfolio of five (5) pieces must be submitted in the spring prior to the next school year. At minimum, students must have successfully completed the sequence of their area of specialization; two semesters in any given art area. Successful completion of an additional semester of art (3 total) is highly recommended. – Teacher Recommendation
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: One sequential credit in Art & Portfolio Submission

Adapted Art & Design Leaders

A95011, A95012

Adapted Art and Design is designed for students interested in working with the special needs community. Students will be paired to form a learning team that will work together to explore the elements and principles of design through a variety of artistic media. Projects and lessons will cover sensory and social, as well as art topics. Student leaders will be responsible for a final project at the end of the semester. This course is most suitable for students planning to pursue careers in the field of education or healthcare. Students who wish to be a leader will be required to submit an application. – One semester of Visual Art and Department Placement Required.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50