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Cunningham, Alice (408) 366-7388 ex.4856 Art Teacher/Department Lead
Johnson, Tracie (408) 366-7388 ex.4864 Woods/Art Teacher/Industrial Technology Department Lead
Vadeboncoeur, Jo (408) 366-7388 ex.4843 Art Teacher

Courses

Art 1

This is an introductory course that provides the student an opportunity to explore the Elements of Art such as line, shape, color, form, value and texture through the use of various media including drawing, painting, printmaking and collage. Basic visual literacy and visual communication skills will be instructed. A basic survey of art history will be covered.

Cunningham, Alice (408) 366-7388 ex.4856 Art Teacher/Department Lead
Johnson, Tracie (408) 366-7388 ex.4864 Woods/Art Teacher/Industrial Technology Department Lead

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

Art 2

It is recommended that students have received a "C" or better in Art 1 before taking this course. This is an intermediary art course. Further refinement of drawing and painting skills will be the primary focus, but various art making practices and new media may be introduced such as, colored pencil, mixed media, scratchboard, painting, and printmaking. Visual literacy literacy and visual communication skills will be further developed. Historical and contemporary topics will be evident in student work and/ or through class discussion.

Cunningham, Alice (408) 366-7388 ex.4856 Art Teacher / Department Lead

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of  "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

Art 3

Recommended: C or better in Art 2. This is an advanced level course focused around a specialized area of drawing and painting and / or around the exploration of a variety or media and techniques. In addition, Students will be directed in developing their own creative voice and experience a range of media. Advanced visual literacy and visual communication skills will be further developed. Historical and contemporary topics will be evident in student work and /or through class discussion. They have the opportunity to develop artwork for a portfolio for entrance to an art college and they will have an opportunity to design and present a digital portfolio.

Cunningham, Alice (408) 366-7388 ex.4856 Art Teacher / Department Lead

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of  "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

Art 4

Recommended: C or better in Art 3. This is an advanced course that focuses on creative problem solving and visual communication. Students in this course will continue to refine and explore concept development in a personal manner, and strive towards artistic excellence in a variety of media. They may work in depth towards the development of a portfolio. The curriculum will include a wide range of media and challenges. Observational and Life Drawing, Self Portraits, painting with a variety of media, modern transfer and stencil, mixed media and forays into art history and modern art experiences are just a few of the areas students may encounter. This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to build their art-making skill sets through hands-on practice, critiques and the study of the history and purpose of visual art. The student will have an opportunity to design and present a digital portfolio. Students who enroll in this course should be capable of self direction and independent study.

Cunningham, Alice (408) 366-7388 ex.4856 Art Teacher/Department Lead

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of  "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

AP Studio Art

The AP Studio Art Portfolio course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios at the end of the year. In building the portfolio, students experience a variety of concepts, techniques and approaches designed to help them demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques, problem solving and ideation. Students develop a body of work for the Breadth section of the portfolio that demonstrates versatility in their art making. The Concentration section of the portfolio investigates an idea of personal interest to them. These 24 pieces are submitted digitally. The five top pieces are selected for actual presentation in the Quality section of the portfolio.

Cunningham, Alice (408) 366-7388 ex.4856 Art Teacher/Department Lead

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of  "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

3D Design 1

This art course deals with art in its 3-Dimensional form. A variety of mediums will be explored, which may include textiles, ceramics, paper mache’, wire sculpture…and more! Students will participate in a wide range of experiences using additive or subtractive sculptural techniques designed to build artistic and creative confidence. An appreciation for art from various cultures will be developed. Projects are designed to teach thinking skills and to include useful Art experiences such as color theory, so that no matter what vocation students pursue, the knowledge gained in this class will be of value to them.

Vadeboncoeur, Jo (408) 366-7388 ex.4843 Art Teacher

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of  "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

 

3D Design 2

This course is an extension of 3D Design 1. It is a technical and aesthetic exploration of three-dimensional design. A variety of mediums will be explored and expanded on, which may include book arts, ceramics, paper sculpture, plaster gauze sculpture…and more! Students will participate in a wide range of experiences using additive or subtractive sculptural techniques designed to build artistic and creative confidence. Students will expand on their creativity and build upon the knowledge they acquired in 3D Design 1.

Vadeboncoeur, Jo (408) 366-7388 ex.4843 Art Teacher

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of  "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

3D Design 3

This course is an extension of 3D Design 1 and 2. It is designed for the advanced student. The student will develop a high level of skill in a specific medium. The student will be encouraged to further research artists and techniques dealing with their chosen medium, culminating with a brief report. Specific projects will result from a student/teacher conference that will outline the projects to be completed each semester.

Vadeboncoeur, Jo (408) 366-7388 ex.4843 Art Teacher

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of  "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

3D Design 4

This course is an extension of 3D Design 3. It is designed for the advanced student. The student will develop a high level of skill in a specific medium. The student will be encouraged to further research artists and techniques dealing with their chosen medium, culminating with a brief report. Specific projects will result from a student/teacher conference that will outline the projects to be completed each semester.

Vadeboncoeur, Jo (408) 366-7388 ex.4843 Art Teacher

UC/CSU Eligibility 

f. Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA) - 1 year required.

A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of  "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.

High School Graduation & College Entrance Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements

There is a one-year requirement for graduation. Fine Arts (Art, Music, and Drama) is one of the “selective electives”, along with Modern Language and Applied Arts. A student must earn 10 credits in two of the three selective elective areas. If a student earns 10 credits from the Fine Arts (Art, Music, and Drama) department they would still need 10 credits from either Modern Language or Applied Arts for graduation.

College Entrance Requirements 

f. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year required

A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art (Quoted from the University of California).