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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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  • Arts Orientation

    6th Grade Arts Orientation (CP)
    Grade 6 (one-semester course)
    Sixth Grade Arts Orientation offers each incoming 6th grader a breadth of arts experience. Over the course of one semester each student rotates through various arts elective disciplines. The arts orientation offers both current and incoming students the opportunity to discover where their arts emphasis will be for their 7th grade year. Each rotation culminates in a final presentation of essential understandings gleaned from the previous 4 1/2 weeks of instruction.
  • Design (2D & 3D)

    Design I (CP)
    Grades 9-12 elective
    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)
    Grades 10-12 elective
    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 2018-2019 school year or prior with teacher approval and signature.
  • Drawing

    Drawing I (CP)
    Grades 9-12 elective
    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)
    Grades 10-12 elective
    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 explore an array of personal and cultural ideas through their work and the use of imaginative manipulation of materials and mark-making. Students are given a personal sketchbook for homework assignments throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Drawing I.
  • Industrial Arts

    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.
  • Photography

    Darkroom Photography I (CP)
    Grades 9-12 elective
    Photography with 120mm and 35mm film introduces students to camera operation, film processing, and making quality black and white photograph prints in the darkroom. Film cameras are CCS property and are checked out to students for the semester. Darkroom photography is employed for composition, photojournalism, communication of concept, and story. Homework required. Open Studio provided for additional studio time outside of class.

    Darkroom Photography II (CP)
    Grades 10-12 elective
    Continued work with film camera, film, and darkroom processes and printing of "perfect prints" in black and white. Course includes risk-taking experimentation with cameras, film, editing, printing, etc. in order to further develop skills and to allow for the the photographer's "personal voice" to become evident. Students take photography field trips to "capture light" in a variety of locations. Homework includes personal photoshoots for a body of images to manipulate, readings, and written responses to photography issues, careers, and concepts. Prerequisite: Darkroom Photography I.
  • Pottery

    Pottery I (CP)
    Grades 9-12 elective
    Pottery is physical problem-solving thinking through cause and effect to construct basic forms with clay. Skills on the potter's wheel are developed by students who can then produce personally designed complex forms by the end of the semester. Designing forms, consideration of surface, and glazing all contribute to intended purpose of pottery pieces. Studio stewardship is required to care for the maintenance and cleaning of the Pottery Studio. Open Studio provided for additional studio time outside of class.

    Pottery II (CP)
    Grades 10-12 elective
    This course is for students who want to continue working in pottery and have already completed Pottery I. Assignments emphasize production arts and technical skill refinement. Students begin to work more with their own ideas while developing good craftsmanship in making consumer/audience-appealing work. The entrepreneurial goal of the course is to have a sale of student work as a fundraiser. The students develop the plan for show/sale venue and theme as well as recipient of donated profits. Homework required. Open Studio provided for additional studio time outside of class. Student assistant is selected to be Studio Manager and Show/Sale Coordinator. Prerequisite: Pottery I.
  • 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 also 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.

    Foundations of Studio Art (CP)
    Grades 9-12 elective
    Foundations of Studio Art is a great way for students to earn an 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 historic “hands-on” media. Students get to explore a variety of media but also learn about the cultural and historic significance of art and how it has impacted who we are as Americans in the 21st century.

    Honors Studio Art (Hon)
    Grades 11-12
    This course is for highly motivated students to develop a portfolio of quality original artworks in 2D design, 3D design, or 2D Drawing. These students are expected to work independently in the studio, investigating concepts, media, and original approaches to their personal artworks. A range of artworks are required in any combination of the following: design, photography, pottery, printmaking, drawing, collage, painting, etc. Homework and summer assignments required. Prerequisites: Level I and II of other upper level art course.

    Studio Art Portfolio AP (AP)
    Grades 11-12
    Highly motivated students with advanced art skills and strong personal voice are invited to take this college-level course taught by a College Board certified art teacher. Students may produce either the 2D design, 3D design, or 2D drawing portfolio. The required 24 original artworks include 12 themed “concentration” pieces and 12 “breadth” artworks. Homework and summer assignments required. Prerequisites: Level I and II of upper level art course, Honors Studio Art, and teacher approval.
  • 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.