•  9th - 12th Grade Curriculum
     
     
     
     
     
     
    ART
     
     
    Course Title: Introduction to Art        Department: Art
     
    Grade Level: 9-12   Time Per Day/Week  5 days/week  Length of Course: School Year
     
    Primary Resources: PDE Art Standards
     
    Units of Study: 
    • Collage As Story Telling
    • Value Still Life
    • Perspective Drawing
    • Handbuilt Ceramic Sculpture
    • Printmaking & Art History
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics and Finished Projects
     

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: This course is the introductory class that is offered to all students interested in beginning art exploration at Pine-Richland High School. In this course, beginning students become familiar with the Elements and Principles of Design through a variety of art history and studio art projects such as the still life, collage, perspective drawing, and introduction to layout and design. Students begin three-dimensional projects with sculpture and ceramic work. Introduction to Art is a pre-requisite for all other art courses.
     

    Course Title: AP Art History  Department: Art
     
     
    ART Grade Level: 10-12  Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 Days Per Week  Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources: PDE Art StandardsAP College Board: AP Art History StandardsAP College Board: AP Art History Course Description
     
    Units of Study: Overview of World Architecture (~60 images)

    1: Global Prehistory (30,000-500 BCE)

    2: Ancient Mediterranean (3,500 - 300 BCE)

    3: Early Europe & Colonial Americas (200-1750 CE)

    4: Later Europe & Americas (1750 - 1980 CE)

    5: Indigenous Americas (1,000 - 1980 CE)

    6: Africa (1100 - 1980 CE)

    7: West & Central Asia (500 BCE - 1980 CE)

    8: South, East, & Southeast Asia (300 BCE - 1980 CE)

    9: The Pacific (700 - 1980 CE)

    10: Global Contemporary (1980 CE - Present)

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Quizzes, Short term class projects, Hands-on art projects, Student Writing Assignments, Unit Tests, AP Art History Exam in May, Concept Maps, Student slide presentations

    Standardized Assessments: College Board AP Art History Exam

    Description of Course: The AP Art History course will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of artworks and architectural sites across times and cultures. The new APAH course saw a significant reduction in the number of required works – this will afford students a more immersive learning experience. ‘Western’ as well as ‘Global’ art pieces will illustrate the human need to create Art throughout time and places. Slideshows, films, group discussions, research papers and presentations, hands-on studio projects, quizzes, and exams will comprise the coursework. The overarching theme and design of the course will be the preparation for the Advanced Placement exam 


    Art Course Title: Graphic Design  Department: Art
     
    Grade Level: 10-12  Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 Days Per Week  Length of Course: Semester
     
    Primary Resources: PDE Art Standards
     
    Units of Study: Graphic Design / Logo Design in Sports, Retail, Apparel, Food/Beverage, Apps, Music, Print Media
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics and Finished Projects, Student Writing assignments: “Good Design/Bad Design” / Short term projects / Long-term projects

    Standardized Assessments: None
     
    Description of Course: In the 21st century we are surrounded by visual culture.  Our mission is to identify, decode, and make sense of the messages we confront.  This course addresses the main ideas essential to Graphic Design such as logo and wordmark, branding, target audience, typeface, color, and print collateral. Students submit everyday examples of ‘Good Design’ and ‘Bad Design’ and identify and support their reasoning behind these choices referencing the prerequisite understandings of the Elements and Principles of Art and Design. Students have the option of creating an original screen printed t-shirt as a final project.

    Art Course Title: Drawing  Department: Art
     
    Grade Level: 10-12  Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 Days Per Week  Length of Course: Semester
     
    Primary Resources: PDE Art Standards
     
    Units of Study: (1) Line; (2) Value; (3) Pattern; (4) Color; (5) Rhythm; (6) Contrast; (7) Emphasis; (8) Still Life; (9) Perspective; (10) Portrait
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics and Finished Projects, Student Writing assignments: Weekly Homework Sketches / Short term projects / Long-term projects
     
    Standardized Assessments: None
     
    Description of Course: Drawing is at the very core of the development of an artist’s repertoire. This course focuses on traditional drawing techniques while encouraging students to make the media come alive in a way that is personally meaningful to them. Themes that are expanded upon are the portrait, the human figure, and perspective. This course focuses in detail on various drawing techniques. Drawing media covered in this course include, but are not limited to, pencil, charcoal, and pastel. Historical art examples provide information and inspiration.

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    Course Title: Painting  Department: Art

    Grade Level: 10-12   Time Per Day/Week  40 minutes/ 5 days   Length of Course: Semester

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    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: In this course, students focus on various painting techniques using paint media. (Painting media includes, but is not limited to watercolor, acrylic, and digital painting). Themes of study are based on drawing and painting from observation. They include human figure, landscape, and still-life. Students are expected to create based on study and observation, and students are expected to develop artistic awareness to modify realism where appropriate.

    Students in Painting are also required to develop within the studio environment. This includes managing a shared space and shared materials through clean-up and proper storage solutions. 

    In Painting, students synthesize realistic study from observation and aesthetic sensibility to develop original style and technique. This involves self-reflection, individual critiques with the teacher and classroom critiques. Master artists of history inform processes and subjects studied. Successful completion of this course can serve as preparation for Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing.

     
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    Course Title: Photography and Illustration  Department: Art
     
    Grade Level: 10-12   Time Per Day/Week  5 Days/Week   Length of Course: Semester

    Primary Resources: N/A

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    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description of Course:  In the Photography portion of this course, students focus on digital photography and editing techniques using. Photography requires a digital camera device ranging from a cell phone camera (5 megapixels or higher) to a DSLR Camera. Enrichment instruction to help students maximize the potential of their DSLR will be provided. Themes of study are based on the human figure, landscape, and still-life. Students are expected to create environments and execute photos outside of the classroom studio environment and execute photo edits in the art studio computer lab using the Adobe Creative Suite. 

    In the Illustration portion of this course, students will create using traditional drawing media (This includes, but is not limited to the following: pencil, pen & ink, watercolor, marker...etc.) and digital software via digital drawing tablet. Themes of study are based on the human figure, landscape, and still-life. Students are expected to create based on study and observation, and students are expected to develop artistic awareness to modify realism where appropriate.

    In both Photography and Illustration, students synthesize study and concept to develop original narrative statements. This involves self-reflection, individual critiques with the teacher and classroom critiques. Master artists of history inform processes and subjects studied. Successful completion of this course can serve as preparation for Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design.

     
    ART
     
    Course Title: Sculpture    Department: Art

    Grade Level: 10-12  Time Per Day/Week  5 days/week Length of Course: Semester

    Primary Resources: PDE Art Standards
     
    Units of Study:
    • Developing Dimensional Forms through Observation
    • Subtractive Sculpture
    • Additive Portrait Sculpture
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics and Finished Projects

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: 
    In this course, students are exposed to the additive and subtractive art-making processes utilized in the art department at PRHS. Students work heavily on designing forms by using traditional drawing/sketching practices. The class also focuses on historical sculptural procedures using plaster for casting and clay for carving and figurative sculpture. The class addresses how forms are to be prepared for display.

     
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    Course Title: Ceramics    Department: Art
     
    Grade Level: 10-12   Time Per Day/Week  5 days/week  Length of Course: Semester

    Primary Resources: 
    PDE Art Standards


    Units of Study:
    (1) Constructing a Hand-built Review Pot; (2) Drying/Firing Process; (3) Glazing & Decorative Processes; (4) Introduction to the Pottery Wheel;
    (5) Trimming/Refining; (6) Hand-built Decorative Bowl; & (7) Wheel-Thrown Vessels
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics, and Finished Projects

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: In this course, students explore project-based learning through the medium of clay.  Students review hand-building (pinch, slab, coil) experiences and are introduced to the drying/firing processes used in creating natural clay vessels.  Wheel-throwing processes (centering, opening, raising, trimming) are then introduced to show another method of clay construction. Low-fire and high-fire glazing and firing processes are introduced and explored in completing functional and decorative forms. Students are expected to participate in the annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser while in the course.


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    Course Title: Metalcraft      Department: Art

    Grade Level: 
    10-12th   Time Per Day/Week  5 days/week   Length of Course: Semester

    Primary Resources: PDE Art Standards
     



    Units of Study:
    • Developing an Original Form
    • Introduction to Tools/Fabrication
    • Texturing Metal-Roll Printing
    • Texturing Metal-Etching
    • Soldering
    • Color on Metal
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics and Finished Projects
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: In this project-based course, students will begin exploring the medium of metal by developing original forms through sketching exercises. Students will be introduced to hand tools and power tools that are used specifically to cut, file, hammer and bond (soldering) metal--specifically copper and brass sheet. Students will use traditional methods for adding surface texture (hammering/stamping/reticulation & etching) and will explore opportunities to apply color to metal. All of these experiences are utilized when creating wearable pieces, such as a pendant, earrings and a ring.

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    Course Title: Mixed Media  Department: Art
     
    Grade Level: 10-12   Time Per Day/Week  5 days/week   Length of Course: Semester
     
    Primary Resources: PDE Art Standards
     
     


    Units of Study:

     

    • Paper Manipulation
    • Paper Self-Portrait
    • Book Making
    • Felt Making
    • Crochet 

     Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics and Finished Projects

     Standardized Assessments: N/A

     

    Description of Course: In this course, students will explore the media of paper and fiber. Beginning with contemporary paper artists and their works as inspiration, in conjunction with the visual elements of space and form, students will produce works that explore a chosen theme. The course will also explore how fiber is used as a medium of choice for some contemporary artists and will culminate with creating an installation piece in the school.


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    Course Title: Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Drawing  Department: Art
     
    Grade Level: 11 and 12   Time Per Day/Week  42 minutes per day/ 5x per week   Length of Course: School Year

    Primary Resources: 
    N/A

    Units of Study: N/A

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: N/A

    Standardized Assessments: College Board Advanced Placement Exam

    Description of Course: In Advanced Placement Studio Art, students are required to create, document and display a portfolio of their original artworks. Students will choose a portfolio category (Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design) for the AP exam and create work to master the criteria and guidelines for their specific portfolio. Students are expected to work both during the class period and outside of class combining formal techniques based on master artists of history to create evocative, original works. Students will participate in critiques, discussions, and writings about their art and the art of their classmates to model an authentic communal art studio environment. 

    Originality and Artistic Integrity: 

    Students are expected to develop personal and creative imagery. When using other sources, both published and unpublished, they should serve only as a reference for student vision. References, resources, and inspirations should be altered and changed significantly to be viewed as uniquely belonging to the student in order to be considered original and beyond duplication.

    2-D Design Portfolio

    Students will create and compile and document a minimum of 24 artworks to satisfy the requirements of the Quality, Concentration and Breadth sections of the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio.

    Students demonstrate mastery of the principals of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground relationship) relating to a two-dimensional surface using the visual elements (line, shape, color, value, texture, space). Students may explore illustration, digital imaging, photography, graphic design, painting, collage, fabric design...etc.

    3-D Design Portfolio

    Students will create and compile and document a minimum of 20 artworks to satisfy the requirements of the Quality, Concentration and Breadth sections of the AP Studio Art 3-D Design Portfolio.

    Students demonstrate mastery of the principals of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground relationship) relating to “occupied and unoccupied” depth and space using the visual elements (mass, volume, color/light, form, plane, line, texture). Students may explore additive, subtractive, and/or fabrication processes to create figurative or non-figurative works among other three-dimensional processes and subject matter.

    Drawing Portfolio

    Students will create and compile and document a minimum of 24 artworks to satisfy the requirements of the Quality, Concentration and Breadth sections of the AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio.

    Students demonstrate mastery of drawing using light and shade, line quality, rendering, composition and/or surface manipulation through “mark making” to create the illusion of depth and space. There is some overlap between the criteria and materials of a 2-D Design Portfolio and even potentially a 3-D Design Portfolio. Here, there seem to be endless possibilities for ways to make a mark.