Art Department

The SWWHS Art Department offers courses in the art experience, drawing, pottery, fundamentals of film, visual arts seminar and photography techniques. The art department produces an annual video yearbook that can be viewed on cable 25. The visual arts are also integrated into the Humanities program with art history, museum trips and studio experiences.

A05 Foundations of Art & Design
Foundations of Art and Design is designed to provide students with a variety of experiences in the visual arts that will promote success in life situations. Students will explore media, use of tools, techniques and processes leading to the development of an art portfolio. They will also develop skills in making critical judgments related to art and their environment. The course content is multicultural in scope and includes art appreciation, design, advertising, drawing, painting, crafts, printmaking, technology, and career awareness.

A09 Art I
Designed to provide students with the tools needed to interpret and create the language of visual images and artifacts. The focus is on increasing knowledge, understanding and application in using media to create products, the structure and function of design, multicultural art history, aesthetics and critical assessment, and making connections. A variety of processes will be studied including design, drawing, painting, computer art, advertising art, printmaking, and career awareness leading to the development of a portfolio.

A67 AP Art History (offered through the Social Studies Department)
Prepares the student of art history for college credit while in high school. It provides a foundation for enjoying, understanding, and judging a work of art. Various learning experiences will be used including slide literature, required reading from art history texts, museum visits, class discussion, and critiques.

A35 Drawing and Painting II
This course provides expanded and in-depth drawing and painting experiences for serious art students. Designed to develop mastery in one or more of the media previously explored, culminating in the preparation of completed work for exhibition and a portfolio.

A42 Photography I
Emphasizes basic elements of photography, including use of the camera, darkroom and printing procedures,  and techniques for photographing art work.

A45 Photography Techniques
Introduces the basic techniques involved in making photographs. Students choose subjects from their environment for special classroom assignments.

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A50 Video Production I
An introductory film and video studio course in which students will focus on various aspects of movie and television production including scripting and pre-production planning, lighting and set design, digital audio, camera and camcorder techniques, creation of video soundtracks, editing on the computer, titling, special effects and post-production techniques. Students will also learn the basics of broadcast communications and criteria for judging technical and content quality.

Students will be divided into crews for the creation of a collaborative short narrative, news, editorial, public service announcement, animated, video art, educational or documentary video production.

A52 Video Production II QVI
Video Production II prepares students to communicate dramatic information, ideas and emotions in a cultural system through the making and producing of videos. This course includes further instruction in theory of video, video technology and equipment operation, video production, video directing, video editing, cinematographic art, video audio and video operations planning and management.

Students also become the team that produces SWW News. The course will prepare students for this demanding and rewarding production job by reinforcing research, interviewing and news writing skills in the context of experience as a reporter. The students will write short feature news pieces, create short and long documentaries, attend and conduct press conferences and cover breaking and ongoing news events. Media history, literacy, advocacy and laws will be covered. Students will improve their skills with video cameras, recorders and editing software.  Students will also gain experience through field trips to broadcast stations and conferences with professionals in the field of broadcast journalism and television production. College/university programs and majors are discussed and counseling provided.

A55 Visual Arts Seminar
Visual Arts Seminar is a studio and museum based fine arts course in which students study major art movements, styles and artists in Western and non-Western cultures through the application of art techniques in a series of art exercises and creative art projects. Field trips to local museums and individual research will focus on aspects of art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. Students will develop individual and collaborative fine art projects including such media as drawing, video, painting, computer graphics, sculpture or photography for inclusion in a portfolio.

A67 AP Art History (offered through the Social Studies Department)
Prepares the student of art history for college credit while in high school. It provides a foundation for enjoying, understanding, and judging a work of art. Various learning experiences will be used including slide literature, required reading from art history texts, museum visits, class discussion, and critiques.

A72 Contemporary Art History & Studio
Students will analyze the characteristics and historical significance of painting and sculpture from the following artistic styles: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Pointillism, Fauvism, Symbolism, Dada, Cubism, Contructivisim, De Stijl, Surrealism, the Harlem Renaissance, Abstract Expessionism, Pop Art, Op ARt, Minimalism, the Washington Color School, Post-Modernism and other Twentieth Century movements. They will produce original artwork inspired by and/or related to these styles.

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Computer Graphics is an introductory course into the use of digital photography, the Internet and computer graphics in design projects. Students will learn the fundamental graphic design elements and principles common to all visual art including composition, placement, color theory and typography through the use of peer critique. The course covers the most important features of digital photography and computer graphics software including iPhoto, Adobe Photoshop, Painter and iWeb. Topics include importing photos from digital cameras and scanners, using paint tools for the creation of original artwork, enhancing digital images, typography, adding custom effects ,editing images and web pages for posting on the web, color management, and introductory Photoshop techniques. Students will incorporate graphic design elements and principles in such projects as logos, posters, ads, title design, product/packaging design, sculptural/architectural projects, fine art artist books and photo-collages.

A85 Computer Graphics II
Computer Graphics II is a second level course, following A84, Computer Graphics I. While being a second level course, with a necessary prerequisite, it is an introduction to the design, creation and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students learn how to critically evaluate website quality, learn how to create and maintain quality web pages, learn about web design standards and why they’re important, and learn to create and manipulate images. Media literacy will be studied. The course progresses from introductory work on web design to a culminating project in which students design and develop websites for local community and non-profit organizations. Students will also work on the website.

Technically students will take their knowledge and skills in Photoshop, expand and then connect them to an introduction to Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Dreamweaver. Conceptually students will be expected to do research for examples of good and bad web design, search out visual/design inspiration from infinite sources and do research on design history and contemporary designers. This is an art class: creativity, innovation, exploration (both artistically and technically) and commitment to and pride in ones work are all essential for success in this course.

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A91 Introduction to 3-Dimensional Design
Introduction to 3-D Design covers the basics in media arts, sculpture, and ceramics with an understanding of design principles as they relate to depth and space. Students will have the opportunity to study and explore a variety of materials and methods such as: assemblage, collage work, plastercraft, fiber arts, jewelry, architectural models, installation art and mixed media construction with a major studio focus on ceramics Approaches such as figurative or nonfigurative sculpture, lost wax, geometric constructions, architectural models, metal/wood work, ceramics, industrial design, furniture, relief sculpture and fiber arts will be studied through studio practice, art historical research and art criticism.

E45 Yearbook
Yearbook is an introductory course in graphic design computer applications in visual communication through design with the main purpose of creating a hardbound full color school yearbook.  In preparation for this task students will learn the essential skills for creating and using text, and graphic images in such areas as creating visual identities, marketing and selling products, information design, signage, typography and visually enhancing messages in publications and mass communications media. Students will learn key concepts in the elements and principles of design as they pertain to creating and evaluating artwork and layouts for publication. We will look at design history, starting with the Dada movement to the present day. We will explore innovations, stylistic departures, trends and traditions. Media literacy is an essential part of the course.

Using iMac computers, scanners and digital cameras, students will learn the basic concepts of professional design and photo imaging software, Adobe CS, to create and layout design projects.  Students will learn about careers in graphic design along with the fundamental elements and principles of design working with composition, placement, color theory and typography.

Innovation, creativity, responsibility, pride in your work, buy-in to group decisions, commitment to the success of a large scale group project and fearlessness about learning new software are all essential for succeeding in this class.

Theatre Arts

  • Acting (full-year class)
  • Set Design (semester class)
  • Costume Design (semester class)
  • Playwriting (semester class)