•  Denton High Visual Arts

     We are committed to enriching the educational experience by increasing the visual literacy of our students and the community.  We strive to instill a greater understanding of the visual arts by participating in evolving disciplinary and professional practices while exploring art history, art criticism, and aesthetics and providing an overall view of the elements and   principles of design.  Our program offers an exploration through the variety of media, fostering an appreciation of artistic expression for all.
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    Classes offered   
    MYP Art1                                                                                            

       Art 1 is an introductory course in which students will learn how to use the elements and principles of art and apply them using a variety of two and three-dimensional media (art production). This will include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and fibers.  Students will study the historical and cultural influences on art (art history). They will also explore the philosophical nature of art (aesthetics) and learn how to make critical judgments about art (art criticism).  Instruction for this class will incorporate strategies from the International Baccalaureate program. Students will continue to aspire to reflect those characteristics of the IB Learner Profile.

     

    Pre AP/IB Art 1
       Pre AP Art 1 is a full-year, introductory course that satisfies the state Fine Arts graduation requirement.  It is a pre-requisite for Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, or Pre AP Studio Art.  Pre AP Art 1 is recommended for students with middle school experience in art.  Students enrolled in this course will be expected to work at a more advanced rate in terms of quality and quantity of work.
         

    Drawing
       The Drawing course enables students to progressively learn more advanced ways to apply the elements and principles of design using a variety of two dimensional drawing media (art production). Students will study the historical and cultural influences on art (art history). They will also explore the philosophical nature of art (aesthetics) and learn how to make critical judgments about art (art criticism). 
     
    Painting
       The Painting course enables students to progressively learn more advanced ways to apply the elements and principles of design using a variety of two dimensional painting media (art production). Students will study the historical and cultural influences on art (art history). They will also explore the philosophical nature of art (aesthetics) and learn how to make critical judgments about art (art criticism).
     
    Ceramics

       Ceramics is an upper level course in which students will learn how to use the elements and principles of art and apply them using a variety of clay building techniques (art production).  Students will study the historical and cultural influences on art (art history). They will also explore the philosophical nature of art (aesthetics) and learn how to make critical judgments about art (art criticism).

     
    Sculpture
     Sculpture is an upper level course in which students will learn how to use the elements and principles of art and apply them using a variety of three-dimensional media (art production). This will include sculpture, ceramics and fibers.  Students will study the historical and cultural influences on art (art history). They will also explore the philosophical nature of art (aesthetics) and learn how to make critical judgments about art (art criticism).
     
    AP Sculpture

       The AP Sculpture course is an upper level sculpture course in which students will learn how to use the elements and principles of art and apply them using a variety of three-dimensional media (art production). This will include various sculpture media.  Students will be working towards compiling a digital portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year. The portfolios are rated on a scale of 1-5 (5 is the highest score). Students who receive scores between 3 and 5 are granted college credit in beginning art classes at some universities.

     
    Pre AP/IB Studio
       This course will provide an in-depth approach to developing skills related to a broad range of media and processes, and the development of personal and creative solutions to visual problems.  We will also explore the historical and cultural contexts within which works are created.  By the end of the course, the students will have completed the "Breadth" section of the AP Studio.  In short, Pre AP Studio Art is the first half of the AP Studio Portfolio.
     
    AP Studio

       Advanced Placement Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in creating art. AP Studio is not based on a written examination: instead, students submit digital portfolios, along with 5 actual artworks, for evaluation at the end of the school year. The portfolios are rated on a scale of 1-5 (5 is the highest score). Students who receive scores between 3 and 5 are granted college credit at in beginning drawing and design classes at some universities.

    IB Art   
       Students compose studio works which involve practical exploration and artistic production along  with an Investigation workbook composed of visual and written independent contextual, visual and critical investigations and reflections.
    Students who meet the IB assessment markbands are granted college credit at in beginning drawing and design classes at some universities.