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Visual Arts

The arts are essential to the education of the whole person. Therefore the arts play an intricate role in our educational process. There are opportunities in the visual and performing arts at Concordia Jr/Sr High School. 

 Visual Arts

The visual art program is a progression of skills. Students learn drawing then move to painting or three dimensional art. Creativity, vision, and perspective are important. The visual arts begin in junior high with a survey of art techniques and art history. From there students can progress to Drawing where they learn shading techniques, perspective, etc.
Drawing leads into Painting where color is added for depth and contrast.
From painting a new perspective is added with 3 D Art which includes wire, clay, paper-mache, etc.
Talented artist will often take an independent study to develop a portfolio.
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the number of credits granted for successful completion of that course.
The numbers 7-8-9-10-11-12 following the course description indicate the grades in which these courses are generally taken. 
Art History of America
This course gives the middle school student the opportunity to explore their American heritage and to bring their own personal identities to traditional arts and crafts.  Activities encourage the student to view American artwork and make personal interpretations drawn from their own lives and contemporary culture. Studio activities give students a greater understanding and appreciation for the skills developed by earlier artists.  Prereq.=none (7-8)
Art Fundamentals
During this semester’s study in art, we will be exploring the concepts of:  COLOR; LINE; SHAPE; TEXTURE; and FORM through the hands–on experiences of completing assignments in art. A variety of available art medias and materials will be utilized to challenge the student.  These will aid the student in investigating their own gifts and talents, so that in future opportunities they might be confident in their abilities. The assignments in Art will investigate the use of various medias such as: A VARIETY OF DRAWING and PAINTING METHODS; COLLAGES; MIXED MEDIA; and THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN. This class is designed to help students find where their gifts and talents are, therefore all medias are to be attempted and explored by each student. Prereq.=none (7-8) 
The primary purpose of the class is to focus on acquiring the techniques and the skills needed to draw objects in the classical (realistic) style and to correctly handle the tools used in drawing. Prereq.=none 
Beginning Painting (Painting I)
The primary purpose of the class is to focus on acquiring the techniques and the skills needed to paint objects in the classical (realistic) style and to correctly handle the tools used in painting. This class will emphasize the use of four painting mediums: tempera; water colors; acrylics; and oils. Other mediums may be explored depending on time and class enthusiasm. Prereq.=Drawing (10-12)
Intermediate Painting (Painting II)
This is an upper division arts class. Its primary purpose is to create an inclusive portfolio of paintings that exhibit the painting abilities of the student that can be presented to a review board for entry into a college, university or trade school in the arts. The secondary focus is on providing challenges to the student so that she/he will become more adept in the techniques and the skills needed to paint objects in the classical (realistic) and contemporary styles, and to be more adept at correctly handling the tools used in painting. This class will require the investigation and the study of the painting techniques and styles of four to six painters to be mutually agreed upon between the student and the instructor. Prereq.=Drawing, Painting I, or permission of the instructor (11-12) 
3-D Art
During the year-long study in 3-D Design we will be exploring the concepts of:   
A variety of materials and methods will be utilized to challenge the student. These will aid the student in increasing their understanding and abilities in, and appreciation of, art. The assignments in 3-D Design will utilize various methods and materials, such as: PAPER: WOOD; CARDBOARD; WIRE; FOUND ITEMS; PLASTER and CERAMICS. This class is designed to assist the student in becoming proficient in the terminology, methods, and materials used in 3-D Design, therefore all assignments are to be attempted by each student and finished to the best of their God-given abilities. Prereq.=Drawing or Painting preferred. (10-12)

The Free-standing and Relief sculptures done in paper are the foundational projects done by students in the 3-D Design art class. The assignment is intended to assist the beginning student in seeing and creating works of art in three dimensions instead of flat, two-dimensional drawings or paintings.

Following working with paper, students will progress during their first semester into other mediums including: cardboard; wood; wire; plaster; and plastic clay. The second semester emphasizes ceramics. Each student will be introduced to a variety of techniques used in creating three-dimensional objects in clay, along with the kiln firing and glazing.