GRAPHIC ARTS I grades 9-12: Elective 

This introductory course establishes the foundation for learning the various print media for visual design communications. The history, methods and recent technological developments in the world of the graphic artist will be explored. Projects covered are Italic calligraphy, computer design illustration, layout, logo, certificates, product packaging, posters, and learning designer's and printer's vocabulary. Materials required for Graphic Arts Class. Pencils B-2 and any number of the H series, black ballpoint pen, eraser, ruler, 9"x12" sketchbook for journal entries, folder, container for water, palette, flash drive, felt tip pen, magazine with pictures, newspaper; optional items: hand held pencil sharpner, stencils, color pencils, paint sets, brushes, markers, and/or color ink.



GRAPHIC ARTS II grades 10-12: Elective. Prerequisite Graphic Arts I. Graphic Arts II is designed for students with career goals in Graphic Arts or the computer profession. This course examines more thoroughly the elements of graphic communications and application to commercial advertising.l Art Nouveau, computer design illustration, printmaking [linoleum/silk screen], and black and white photography are some of the areas explored. Students will develop a personal portfolio and learn how to write a resume' for presentation as a final project. Class supplies are listed after course description for Graphic Arts I.

ART I-1 and ART I-2 grades 9-12:Elective     
Art I is an introductory course to help students understand and use the elements of art and principles of design to create various subjects using different media and techniques. This course is recommended before enrolling in other art classes.

ART 2-1 AND ART 2-2 grades 9-12: Prerequisite Art I-2. This course is an continuation of Art 1-I to create various art styles such as representational drawings and paintings, abstract design, and cartooning. Emphasis will be on improving visual awareness and hand-eye coordination to various media techniques. Master artist will be studied to help understand style and media techniques to works of art.


A studio course, which enables the serious art student to expand his basic knowledge of design, drawing, painting, multicultural crafts, and art appreciation. A strong emphasis will be on critical thinking skills, media exploration, representational and abstract design compositions. Students will keep a personal journal of questions/answers, art vocabulary/definitions, poetry, prose, and assigned sketches that will provide material and stimulation for drawing and painting projects. A high standard of creativity and craftsmanship will be expected. You may enroll in this class six quarters with successful completion of previous Independent Study Class in ART, GRAPHIC ARTS OR POTTERY.

It is the responsibility of the student to have the following art supplies.

  • Sketchbook-spiral bound 5 1/2"x8 1/2" for brainstorming, journal, thumbnail and final sketches.
  • Pencils to be used only for art class, 2-B, 6-B and 3H.
  • Eraser for graphite-plastic and/or kneaded.
  • Ruler -12" or 18"
  • Palette -plastic pail cover, plate, TV dinner tray or ....
  • Container for water -plastic cup or jar.
  • Magazines  - will be used to cut and mark in.
  • Tissue -12 Kleenex or small packet.
  • Shirt to protect clothing.
  • Folder with pockets to hand in self-assessment sheets and projects.
  • Plastic bag or small conatainer to keep art supplies in.
  • Optional: Flash drive for computer, and held pencil sharpener, felt tip pens, stencils/letters.


  • Minneapolis Institute of Art. 
  • If you would like help with a media technique, take a look at this website. Wet Canvas.
  • If you would like information on art related subjects click Artchive.
  • A great place to view art without leaving home, or if you want to know what happen in art history on this day click Artcyclopedia.
  • Another great site is ArtLex. It has definitions for thousands of terms used in Visual Arts, along with images of examples, pronunciation notes, great quotations, and cross-references. ArtLex is a great resource for research information about art production, history, aesthetics, and education. This is a site not to be missed.  http://www.artlex.com

POTTERY I grades 10-12: Elective.
Pottery I is an introductory course in hand-built clay work where students are taught methods and given idea resources to create original forms of pottery. It progresses logically through how clay is formed, types of clay, clay preparation, tool implimintation, and construction processes. Pinch, coil, slab, piecing, combined forms, press mold, glazing, decorating techniques, firing, and appreciation of pottery produced by master potters of different cultures are units covered.

POTTERY II grades 10-12: Elective
Pottery II is a laboratory course for the serious-minded student to develop craftsmanship and creativity in clay. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of wheel throwing, surface and glaze decoration. The following units will be covered: centering, opening, making cylinder and bowl shape projects, pulling and attaching handles, making lids, and planning decorative designs to compliment projects. If class enrollment exceeds the number of wheels, class members will be divided into group - wheel and sculpture. Check out our favorite pottery resource sites.
Pottery Making Illustrated , Ephraim Pottery or Japanese Pottery. 


 1  Pencil for sketching, writing and marking on clay.
 2  Plastic bags -large and small.
 3  Junk for impressing designs in clay. Example: buttons, jewelry, tree bark.
 4  Shirt to protect clothing.
 5  Plastic 12" ruler.
 6  Two pails/buckets -one for tools and other for water when working on the wheel.
 7  Two towels to be used during throwing to protect clothing.
 8  Smooth cloth to use on desk to roll clay on. Example:36"x36" dish towel.
 9  Tissue -Kleenex around 10 sheets.
 10  Small plastic bowl the size of your fist.
 11  Small plastic jar with a lid to hold slip.
 12  Slab of wood approximately 12"x12" for a bat.
 13  Folder with pockets to hand in assignments, assessment sheets, and research projects.
 14 Notebook/sketchbook journal to keep record of thumbnail sketches, assignments, notes, designs.
 15  Fine mist spray bottle used to keep project damp.