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Introduction to Art
This is a one year beginning course designed for students with little to no art experience. It is the first in the series of four art courses at AHS. This course introduces students to the art elements and principles through a variety of art activities and mediums. Intro to Art provides a prerequisite for other art courses and for Ceramics.

Basic Art Fundamentals
This course is the second in a series of three art courses. This course is designed to identify and examine line, shape, form, color, value, and texture. Students will use aesthetic valuing to recognize and discriminate among the visual characteristics of the design elements and principles of art in forms that are natural and of human origin. The students will learn the proper use of art media, composition, vocabulary, aesthetics, and techniques such as improving drawing skills, tempera and watercolor painting, landscape and perspective drawing, charcoal, pastels, and scratchboard. They will be exposed to a variety of works to explore the cultural and historic origins of art, understanding how the arts are connected to other art forms, subject areas, and careers. Prerequisite: 1 year of Introduction to Art or permission of instructor.

Advanced Art Techniques
This course is designed for the serious intermediate student as a continuing course with emphasis in developing the portfolio. The art elements and principles will be explored in greater depth with expansion into design and figure drawing fundamentals. The students will be exposed to familiar and new techniques such as advanced perspective drawing, watercolor, tempera and acrylic painting, pen and ink, abstract compositions, and art history/appreciation. The students will use aesthetic valuing to make finer discriminations when analyzing the interrelationships of the elements and principals of design. They will be exposed to a variety of works to explore the cultural and historic origins of art, understanding how the arts are connected to other art forms, subject areas, and careers. Prerequisite: 1 year of Basic Art Fundamentals or permission of instructor.

Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D
This course encourages and expects creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues in 2-D Design. Students reflect on and develop their ideas and individual artistic voice through writing and brainstorming exercises, sketchbook assignments, and projects. The AP Studio Art portfolio requires students to produce a minimum of
24 works of art.

Ceramics
This is a year-long course designed to introduce students to the art of ceramics. Students will construct hand built and wheel thrown pottery pieces, learn about decorative techniques, and the ceramic firing process. This course also includes cultural arts such as basket weaving, beading, origami, and soap carving.

Wolf painting
"Wolves"
— Carla

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