The E.H.S. Visual Arts Department Offers The Following Courses:


Art Course Guide
ART COURSES

EAGAN HIGH SCHOOL ART DEPARTMENT
- Nurturing Creative Solutions, Connecting Ideas to Visual Imagery
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The Visual Arts Department is excited to help you have a meaningful experience in creating art. You do not have to be“artistic” to take an art class - we accept you wherever you are in your creative journey!

The EHS Art Department is designed with survey courses which MUST be taken before entering the classes of concentrated study. The survey classes offer a foundation of artistic study by letting the student sample a variety of art media and projects as well as work with the elements and principles of art and design which are fundamental to all art forms. It is strongly suggested that the seriously interested student take Survey Art I, II, and III the first year, thus meeting requirements for all other classes. However, there is a choice after Survey Art I to choose either the 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional route. For example, one does not need to take Survey Art III as a prerequisite for drawing. The diagram below explains the complete program. ALL CLASSES IN THIS DEPARTMENT MEET THE MINNESOTA ARTS STANDARD REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.

0101 Survey Art I Grades 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: None

Survey Art I is required of all students entering the high school Visual Arts Program for the first time. As a foundation course for the art program, it is recommended for the student with either a general or in-depth interest in the visual arts. Students will explore the concepts of design with emphasis on the development of good composition and craftsmanship. Emphasis is placed on creative design problem solving, exploration of student artistic interest, and understanding design.


0102 Survey Art II Grades 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I

Survey Art II is required of all art students preparing to enroll in Drawing and Painting. Emphasis is placed on the development and application of technical and compositional skills through two-dimensional art experiences including drawing, painting, and the history of art.

0103 Survey Art III Grades 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I

Survey Art III is required of all art students preparing to enroll in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Jewelry/Metalworks. Emphasis is placed on the application of design to three-dimensional art forms such as ceramics, additive and subtractive sculpture and basic jewelry.

COURSES FIRST OFFERED TO STUDENTS IN GRADE 10

0125 Ceramics I Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and III

Ceramics offers an in-depth opportunity to explore clay as a creative and expressive medium from hand-built to wheel thrown vessels. The course emphasizes creative and personal solutions to bringing vessels' function and visual quality together. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0126 Painting I Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and II

In this course the techniques and materials of acrylic painting will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on learning a variety of painting skills and styles. Subject matter will vary as the student is also introduced to paintings from both the past and present. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0127 Drawing I Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and II

This course will explore a variety of styles and techniques of drawing through both observational and imaginative drawings. A wide range of subject matter such as the human figure and portraiture, architectural perspectives, still lives, and the creative mind will be used. Media used may include pencil, pen, pastels and charcoal. Students will also study great drawings from both past and present. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0128 Jewelry/Metalworks I Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and III

This course will involve the design and construction of functional jewelry. Areas such as copper enameling, hot soldered fabrication, lost wax casting, and found object/cold fabrication will be studied. Metals used will include copper, brass, nickel silver, and sterling silver. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0129 Graphic Design I Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I

Graphic Design I focuses on the commercial aspects of the art world. This course will emphasize graphic layout, type and design work as well as illustration. Art work will be followed from the conceptualization of the idea through the production process, and will involve both hand and computer work. Computer programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and digital imagery will be incorporated into several assignments. The course will also explore career possibilities in the art world. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.


0130 Graphic Design II Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and Graphic
Design I

This course will be an extension of Graphic Design I. Greater emphasis will be placed upon independent study of graphic illustration, image-generated techniques through computers, preproduction activities, the production process and the finishing process of the work. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0132 Creative Dimensions I Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I

Creative Dimensions I provides a hands-on exploration, not offered in other visual arts courses, of varied media, techniques, and ideas of the world’s greatest dreamers and artists of yesterday and today. Experimental creative choices might include working with media such as: tie-dye, batik, knitting, papermaking and sewing. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0147 Photography I, Art Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I with minimum
grade of C

This lab class is designed for students with strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently. Students will explore basic photographic techniques in photography. Students will also learn basic techniques used in the program Adobe Photoshop. Units covered include: the history of photography, camera design and operation, print processing and basic composition. This course emphasizes photography as art, as well as a technical process. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials. Students are NOT required to purchase a camera. Note: No credit is awarded for this class if student has previously taken course #0506.

0148 Photography II, Art Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Photography I, Art, minimum
grade of C (0147)

In this second level exploratory course students will be introduced to the manual adjustment of a 35 mm single reflex camera to achieve specific artistic and technical effects. We will also explore new techniques with the digital camera. Units covered may include: qualities of light, studio lighting, night photography, formal and informal portraiture, print controls, creative darkroom techniques. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials. Students are NOT required to purchase a camera. Note: No credit will be awarded to this class if student has previously taken course #0527.

0149 Photography III, Art Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Photography II, Art, minimum
grade of C (0148)

This course is designed for the serious amateur photographer who wants to further explore the technical and artistic aspects of this craft. Units covered may include: filters, Lighting techniques, Photoshop techniques, commercial photography and creative darkroom, as well as individual areas of study. All students will be required to produce at least 10 photos that represent a chosen concentration. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials. Students are NOT required to purchase a camera. Note: No credit will be awarded for this class if student has previously taken course #0528.



COURSES FIRST OFFERED TO STUDENTS IN GRADE 11 & 12

0135 Creative Dimensions II Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I & Creative Dimensions I

This course would be a continuation of the knowledge that was learned in Creative Dimensions I. This course will address the diversity that is present throughout different kinds of art forms. We will have discussion on the debate of the difference between craft and fine art. This course will also touch on the impact that the arts and crafts movement as well as the women’s art movement has had on the visual arts. We will discuss the origin of art forms such as the following: papermaking, bookmaking, batik, tie-dye, knitting and sewing. This course gives students an alternative art form. It meets the needs of the students that have a strong interest in art but are not as confident in their ability of the fine arts. The art forms that the students will be making will reflect the craft side of visual arts. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0153 Painting II Grades 11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and II and Painting I

Students will have the opportunity to build their techniques in acrylic painting, explore watercolor painting, and continue to develop their own painting styles. Subject matter will vary with the individual as the student continues to learn from historic and contemporary paintings. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0154 Ceramics II Grades 11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and III and Ceramics I

Students will explore diverse clay bodies and further techniques in wheel thrown objects, hand built objects, and experimental firings. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0155 Drawing II Grades 11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and II and Drawing I

Students will continue to develop their techniques and styles in drawing. Materials and subject matter will depend on the student's interest. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0156 Jewelry/Metalworks II Grades 11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and III and
Jewelry/Metalworks I
Students will continue to develop more advanced forms of jewelry techniques and processes. Areas such as cloisonné enameling, bezel stone setting, forming, and texturizing will be covered. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0178 Drawing III Grades 11,12
Prerequisite: Survey Art I and II, Drawing I and Drawing II

Students will concentrate on their choice of medium and subject matter. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials.

0168 AP: Art History A Grades 11,12
0169 AP: Art History B Prerequisite: Teacher approval.

This course will offer students a chance to receive 3 college credits. It will augment their understanding of History through a broad overview of art, reflecting a variety of cultures’ accomplishments and ideologies. For students who are seeking a career in art, it is an essential part of their college preparation. For students who are not seeking an art career, it will elevate their level of insight in future humanity courses and give a hightened understanding of aesthetics. In order to receive college credit, students must take the A.P. Exam at the end of the year. Students completing this course with a grade of “C” or higher, may use the credit to qualify for an honors ranking.


COURSES FIRST OFFERED TO STUDENTS IN GRADE 12

0191 AP: Portfolio A Grade 12 only
0192 AP: Portfolio B Prerequisite: Art I, Photo I, AND at least 2 Advanced Art Classes
0193 AP: Portfolio C Instructor Permission. Application with teacher
approval.

Advanced Placement Portfolio is for the serious minded art student. Using the rigorous curriculum set by the National College Board, the student will develop a portfolio of art work showing both breadth and depth through a collection of drawings, two-dimensional designs (including photography) or three-dimensional designs. Students must be prepared to register for all three trimesters for this course. We request a donation to help with the cost of materials. Students completing this course with a grade of “C” or higher, may use the credit to qualify for an honors ranking.