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Combining a passion for their craft, technical expertise, and mentorship, our Visual Arts faculty seek to inspire, equip, and send out students as artists and creatives who will reveal glimpses of a new creation through cultivated talents and creativity. We believe the arts are a God given gift for all people and a vehicle through which we can deeply influence our communities as we reflect the Creator.

Stephanie Van Horn, CCS Class of 2016

"For 13 years I grew up in those blue and gold halls and discovered my passion for photography. The personal and creative development that I experienced at CCS led me to become a confident and ever-growing artist here in the community today. CCS gifted me with the ability to see the bigger picture—to take a step back and see things from every perspective, under a different light, and through every lens available to me.”

Visual Arts Courses

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  • Art & Design (2D & 3D)

    Design I (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 9-12 elective (one-semester course)
    For students interested in fine art, graphic design, architecture, industrial design, videography and beyond, Design I is the perfect introductory course. This semester class takes students on a rigorous design process, exploring both traditional and contemporary methods of art and design construction. Students are immersed in a generative process of creation by research methods, design thinking, and multimedia artistic applications. Design I is a prerequisite to Design II and leads toward an AP concentration in 2D and/or 3D design.

    Design II (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 10-12 elective (one-semester course)
    Design II takes students into a deeper creative process of design and media exploration by way of digital photography, graphic design, printmaking, and 3D fabrication. Students deepen their understanding of how art is a process that starts with an idea and is masterfully developed into a finished work. Prerequisite: Design I or Foundations of Art taken in the 2019-2020 school year or prior with teacher approval and signature. 

    AP Art and Design (AP) ($95-$100 AP Exam fee required) 1 credit
    Grades 11-12
    The AP Art and Design program consists of three different courses and AP Portfolio Exams—AP 2D Art and Design, AP 3D Art and Design, and AP Drawing—corresponding to college and university foundations courses. Students may choose to submit any or all of the AP Portfolio Exams. Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate inquiry through art and design and development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year. Portfolios include works of art and design, process documentation, and written information about the work presented. In May, students submit portfolios for evaluation based on specific criteria, which include skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas and sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision, guided by questions. Homework and summer assignments required. Prerequisites: Level III art or design course and teacher recommendation.
  • Art Appreciation

    Art Appreciation (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 9-12 elective 
    Art Appreciation is a great way for students to earn a fine arts credit while experiencing a hands-on introduction to the importance of art for everyone. Fundamentals of design and composition are investigated and applied as students develop their skills in the employment of the basic language of art and composition in a range of historical “hands-on” media. Students get to explore a variety of media but also learn about the cultural and historical significance of art and how it has impacted who we are as Americans in the 21st century.
  • Arts Orientation

    6th Grade Arts & Culture Orientation (CP)
    Grade 6 (one-semester course)
    Sixth Grade Arts & Culture Orientation offers each incoming 6th grader a breadth of experience in arts and culture. Over the course of one semester, each student rotates through Choir, Visual Art, Theatre, and Introduction to World Languages. The Arts & Culture Orientation course offers both current and incoming students the opportunity to discover where their arts emphasis will be for their 7th grade year and which language they will choose to study. Each rotation culminates in a final presentation of essential understandings gleaned from the previous 4 1/2 weeks of instruction. Sixth graders interested in Introduction to Introduction to Band may take that course as an elective in 6th grade; it is not part of the Arts & Culture Orientation. 
  • Ceramics

    Ceramics I (CP) 1/2 credit                                                           
    Grades 9-12 elective 
    Ceramics is physical problem-solving, thinking through cause and effect to construct basic forms with clay. Clay is different from other art mediums in that it requires an understanding of the three dimensional world. The aim of the Ceramics program is to help each student develop a personal style and individual expression using clay as their primary material. Both functional and sculptural approaches are taught. Ceramics students develop a working knowledge of the various techniques of the ceramic process including clay and glaze formulation, kiln firing, throwing on the potter’s wheel, and numerous methods of hand building. Open Studio provided for additional studio time outside of class. 

    Ceramics II (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 10-12 elective 
    Ceramics II offers a more rigorous, hands-on investigation of clay as a multifaceted medium with great expressive possibilities. This course structure allows students to utilize most forming techniques while further investigating functional pottery and sculptural formats for personal expression. Open Studio provided for additional studio time outside of class. Prerequisites: Ceramics I andteacher recommendation. 

    Ceramics III (Hon) 1/2 credit
    Grades 10-12 elective
    Ceramics III is an honors ceramics class aimed at students having the ability to respond to advanced prompts, leading toward rigorous investigation and dialogue in support of individual artistic development. Students are encouraged to take risks and reinvent personal processes through experimentation. The final 6 weeks are dedicated to learning how to articulate their ideas as well as visual presentation. Open Studio provided for additional studio time outside of class. Prerequisites: Ceramics II andteacher recommendation. 
  • Drawing

    Drawing I (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 9-12 elective (one-semester course)
    This semester class offers an introductory course in drawing and painting. Students learn the fundamentals of drawing from life through an investigation of the elements of art. Students engage in portrait studies, observational drawing, and studies in perspective and spatial concepts as well as rendering textures and values through a variety of media and mark-making. This class also explores the use of wet-media and color theory. Students are given a personal sketchbook for homework assignments throughout the semester.

    Drawing II (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 10-12 elective (one-semester course)
    This semester class offers students an array of design challenges in 2D media, specifically drawing and painting. Students learn classical approaches to life drawing, anatomy, portraiture, and figurative studies. Students will also get a foundational understanding of architectural perspective drawing and foreshortening as it relates to figurative work and landscape rendering in both dry and wet media. Students are given a personal sketchbook for homework assignments throughout the semester. Prerequisites: Drawing I and teacher recommendation.

    Drawing III (Hon) 1/2 credit
    Grades 10-12 elective 
    Drawing III is an honors drawing class aimed at preparing students for advanced drawing techniques and conceptual practice. Students will engage with experimental drawing practices with a variety of dry and wet media. Students will also explore an array of personal and cultural ideas through their work and the use of imaginative manipulation of materials and mark-making. The final 6 weeks will be dedicated to responding to investigative prompts and AP preparation. Prerequisites: Drawing II and teacher recommendation.
  • Industrial Arts

    MS Industrial Arts I (CP)  
    Grades 7-8
    This course is an introductory course designed to bring students into a shop environment at an age-appropriate level. Units that are covered are designed to be hands-on, activity-oriented exercises which build students’ skill, knowledge, and understanding in the use of tools and building. General areas covered are drafting, woodworking, wood carving, and other craft areas.

    MS Industrial Arts II (CP)  
    Grade 8
    This course is a continuation of Industrial Arts I at an intermediate level. Students use more advanced tools and build more in-depth projects according to skill level. The focus of this class is to design (based upon a given number of options), build, and finish a functional piece of furniture. Students learn how to design and build a cutting board. Students are also introduced to CAD. Prerequisite: MS Industrial Arts I.

    HS Industrial Arts (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
    Grades 9-12 elective                
    This course offers instruction in the fundamentals of industrial arts with a focus on woodworking at a High School level. Students learn shop safety, use of tools, and the finishing process. The focus of this class is to design, build, and finish a functional piece of furniture. The student and the instructor jointly choose a project based upon the student’s experience, interest, and the number of semesters he or she is in Industrial Arts that year. This is the first class where hardwoods are introduced. This does not satisfy the graduation requirements for fine arts.
  • Studio Art

    MS Studio Art I (CP)
    Grades 7-8 (one-semester course)
    Students engage with 2D and 3D design problems dealing with foundational studies of the elements of art and principles of design. While this course is open to students in 7th and 8th grade, there is some thematic overlap with 7th grade Western Civilization as students engage artworks ranging from ancient Greece to the European Renaissance.
     
    MS Studio Art II (CP) 
    Grade 8 (one-semester course)
    Students produce a variety of artworks from ink drawings and relief prints, to landscape paintings inspired by 19th century American artists. A range of materials are used to make art using nature and animals as subject matter. This course engages in thematic integration with 8th grade US History and the American frontier and production of art that connects with the American West from 1800 to 1900. 
  • Woodworking

    MS Industrial Arts I (CP)
    Grades 7-8 elective
    This course is an introductory course designed to bring students into a shop environment at an age-appropriate level. Units that are covered are designed to be hands-on, activity-oriented exercises which build students’ skill, knowledge, and understanding in the use of tools and building. General areas covered are drafting, woodworking, wood carving, and other craft areas.

    MS Industrial Arts II (CP)
    Grade 8 elective
    This course is a continuation of Industrial Arts I at an intermediate level. Students use more advanced tools and build more in-depth projects according to skill level. The focus of this class is to design (based upon a given number of options), build, and finish a functional piece of furniture. Students learn how to design and build a cutting board. Students are also introduced to CAD. Prerequisite: Industrial Arts I.

    HS Industrial Arts (CP)
    Grades 9-12 elective
    This course offers instruction in the fundamentals of industrial arts with a focus on woodworking at a high school level. Students learn shop safety, use of tools, and the finishing process. The focus of this class is to design, build, and finish a functional piece of furniture. The student and the instructor jointly choose a project based upon the student’s experience, interest, and the number of semesters he or she is in woodworking that year. This is the first class where hardwoods are introduced. This does not satisfy the graduation requirements for fine arts.

    Advanced Woodworking (CP)
    Grades 10-12 elective
    This course offers students an advanced experience in woodworking. The focus of this class is to intentionally create pieces of marketable art. Students individually design, create, and market their craft. Students integrate materials such as wood, metal, leather, pottery, and stone. Prerequisite: Two semesters of industrial arts. MS Industrial Arts II can fulfill one of those requirements.