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    Burroughs and Burbank

  • Art Structure I, Grade 9-12

    Prerequisites: None

    This is a sequence-based beginning course that explores the fundamentals of drawing and the elements of art (line, value, texture, shape, and form). Students will create in a variety of media while they learn about linear perspective, value, and creating three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. They will participate in the creation of realistic, representational, and some non-objective works of art from observation and imagination. Instruction will include use of pencil, ink and colored pencils. Art survey of artists and their works will be periodically explored.

     

    Art Structure II, Grade 9-12

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art Structure I and art teacher approval.

    This instruction will emphasize color theory, organization, composition, and manipulation of the elements of art through two-dimensional design experiences. Instruction will also include the use of various media (pencil, colored pencil, ink and paint) while working with subject matter realistically and abstractly, culminating in a final painting project. Art survey of artists and their works will be periodically explored.

     

     

    Art Structure III, Grade 9-12

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art Structure I, II and art teacher approval.

    This instruction will emphasize color theory, organization, composition, and manipulation of the elements of art through two-dimensional design experiences. Instruction will also include the use of various media (pencil, colored pencil, ink and paint) while working with subject matter realistically and abstractly, culminating in a final painting project. Art survey of artists and their works will be periodically explored.

     

    Advanced Art Structure, Grade 9-12

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art Structure I and II or Art teacher approval.

    Instruction will focus on more in-depth and high level lessons covering the areas from art A and B Art Structure I and II. It will further explore drawing, color application, composition and the elements of art through representational and abstract art projects. Students will use a wide variety of media, mixed media and techniques throughout the course. Each class will include a survey of various artists, their techniques, and works through the ages. This class may be repeated for credit. 

     

    Art History (BHS Only), Grade 10-12 

    Prerequisites: None

    Art History is a comprehensive course that explores art history and visual literacy throughout time and world cultures, specifically focusing on the evolution of Western art traditions. Students participate in daily discussions, analysis, written assignments and research projects, as well as some hands-on art production. This course is lecture based and student participation is critical. By the end of the course students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of Western civilization through art traditions still present in our contemporary culture. Students will understand how non-Western cultures and media play a constant and significant role in our everyday experience. This course reinforces the concepts and practices covered in history, social studies, and language arts classes taken throughout high school.

     

    AP Studio Art, Grade 10-12

    Prerequisites: Completion of Art Structure I and II and Advanced Art Structure or Art teacher approval.

    This course will prepare more serious students to take the advanced placement examination in Studio Art: A Drawing Portfolio consists of works produced in areas of breadth and concentration, exploring various subject matters and media. This course begins in the spring of the Advanced Art course and culminates in a year of focused art production. The AP student must be prepared to complete further work on his/her own at the college level to supplement the classroom instruction. The AP Studio Art exam given in the spring is mandatory. Students who do not submit a Studio Art Portfolio to AP will not receive the weighted grade point.

     

    Digital Photography I (BHS Only), Grade 9-12

    The course develops competency in the digital darkroom through lessons and projects that teach photography and photoshop skills. Students will also learn basic color theory and the fundamentals of image processing. These skills will then be applied to developing an expressive visual language using digital imaging. The goal of the class is to make each student competent in the conceptual, aesthetic and technical aspects of digital photography and Photoshop.

     

    Digital Photography II (BHS Only) year long; 5 credits per semester; Grade 9-12

    The course applies advanced digital darkroom skills through lessons and projects that emphasize DSLR photography and intermediate to advanced Photoshop skills. Students will show an understanding of photography and digital composition with narrative, and non-objective images. These skills will then be applied to developing an expressive visual language using digital photography and constructed composites using Photoshop. The goal of the

    class is to make each student highly skilled in the conceptual, aesthetic and technical aspects of digital photography and Photoshop.

     

    Photo I, Grade 9-12

    Prerequisites: None.

    First semester is basic, but extensive, using a hands-on approach. Students will learn to operate a camera and shoot, develop, contact print, enlarge and finish their own work. They will learn techniques and compositional values of still photography. Students may need an automatic or manual 35mm camera. 4x5 studio view cameras will be introduced for studio assignments. Second semester focuses on advanced shooting techniques and darkroom assignments. A full range of photography experiences will be covered. Studio photography, special effects, landscapes, and fine art assignments will be given to round out the students’ skills. Color photography will be introduced, with both film processing and printing. Digital imaging of film will be introduced.

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    Photo II, Grade 10-12

    Prerequisites: Completion of Photo I

    Students will work individually to produce their own personalized photography portfolios. Artistic and technical abilities will be refined. Portfolio work will be used to enter photographic competitions, apply to art schools, or show to potential employers. May be repeated for credit.

     

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    Photoshop, Grade 11-12

    Prerequisites: Must be 16 years of age or older, or have junior standing.

    This course instructs students in the production of professional quality, original images using Adobe Photoshop image processing software. Students learn methods of marking, patterning, object-oriented rendering, and the use of powerful retouching tools. Topics include image manipulation, digital imaging with scanners, retouching, rendering, etc.

     

    Commercial Photography

    Prerequisites: Must be 16 years of age or older, or have junior standing.

    This class is open to senior high school students anywhere in the Los Angeles area, as well as collegiate level students and adults who desire to work in a commercial photographic field. This class begins with a foundation in traditional black and white photography. Students shoot with all film formats, 35mm, 120, and 4x5. Extensive studio shooting of commercial assignments is emphasized. Students use tungsten as well as electronic flash. Second semester commercial students print in a color lab using the latest RA-4 processing equipment. Portfolio development is emphasized throughout.

     

    Advanced Commercial Photography, Grade 11-12

    Prerequisites: Photo I must be 16 years of age or older or have junior standing.

    Commercial Photography is similar to Photo I and Photo II. First semester students will learn to operate a camera and shoot, develop contact print, enlarge, and finish their own work. They will learn techniques and compositional values of still photography. Students may need an automatic or manual 35mm camera. 4x5 studio view cameras will be introduced for studio assignments. Second semester focuses on advanced shooting techniques and darkroom assignments. Studio photography, special effects, landscapes and fine art assignments will be given to round out the student skills. Assignments focus on color photography in film processing, printing and hand color. Digital imaging of film will be introduced. Lab fee required. 

     

    Sculpture I,  Grade 9-12

    Prerequisite: None

    Sculpture I provides experiences in classical and contemporary three-dimensional art methods in a variety of media, with an emphasis on the elements and principles of design. The curriculum includes the study of aesthetics, creative expression and symbolism, criteria for analyzing and interpreting works of art, and advancement of personal artistic skills. Students will focus on realizing a strong design, originality and craftsmanship while learning the sculptural techniques, styles and tools needed to build successful dimensional works of art.

     

    Sculpture 2 (Advanced), Grade 9-12

    Prerequisite: Sculpture I with minimum grade of B 

    Sculpture II builds on Sculpture I experiences in classical and contemporary three-dimensional art methods, plus focused independent work based on student interest in media and skill development. Emphasis is placed on realizing original, well designed and symbolic concepts, sophisticated use of materials, and the development of a personal style in order to build a high quality portfolio of sculptural works.