Studying Art

At Del Oro, Art students learn to imagine, create, and reflect on a colorful array of visual art. They are given the opportunity to see how art is relevant to modern life and how it impacts their world.

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Prerequisite: None.

This course is open to all students with an interest in learning the fundamental art skills required to become proficient in the world of visual communication. These skills will be essential to all means of creative expression and will form the foundation for advanced art courses. 

The central aspects of visual communication including the elements of art and the principles of design will be studied throughout the term.

Materials will be focused primarily on pencil, pen, and paint in order to build a solid structure of competence and understanding of the subject matter.

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Prerequisite: Completion of Art I with a grade of 'C' or higher.

This course is designed for students interested in applying their artistic skills in the ways of illustration. Illustrations are visual representations that are used to make a subject more pleasing or easier to understand. They are found in books, magazines, album covers, on clothing, and skateboards etc... Students will be able to express themselves through a number of different mediums such as charcoal, 
pen and ink, pencil, watercolor and much more. After this course, students may enroll in Art 3-Advanced Art or AP Art Studio taught in the spring term. Advanced Placement Art portfolio requirements will 
be presented in this class. Students may use this class to begin the requirements for the A.P. Art portfolio.

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Prerequisite: Completion of Art II with a grade of 'C' or higher.

This course is designed for the art student who wants to work at an advanced level. The course focuses on exploring the principles and elements of design. Increased advanced application of technical skill is expected. Class critiques will be emphasized throughout the term. This course will encourage experimentation with acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, graphite and pastel with opportunities for intense investigation into drawing and painting techniques.


Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12.

This is an introductory level class designed for students who want to express themselves through the art of visual communication in digital imaging.

The skills learned here are fundamental to photographic expression 
and will focus on increasing visual awareness of the surrounding world.

Students will learn how to compose striking photographs with strong visual impact by applying the elements of art and principles of design along with specific techniques used throughout the photographic world.

This is a great class for students who enjoy exploring the visual realm and would like to gain knowledge and experience through the creation of unique work. 

Pathway Course#1: Frosh Tech./Tech Core
Pathway Course#2: Photography
Pathway Course#3: Graphic Design

Graphic Design 

This course is designed to introduce students to the ever expanding field of graphic design. Throughout the class students will be using the latest design software with an emphasis on Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Other programs that may be integrated are 
Adobe Flash, Adobe In Design, and Adobe Dreamweaver. Students will create projects such as personal logos, posters, stationary, advertisements, page layouts, and packaging design. This is a great class for individuals who appreciate digital artwork and enjoy working with a computer.

AP Art Studio

This course is designed for the serious, disciplined art student. The course focuses on exploring the principles and elements of design. Increased advanced application of technical skill is expected. Class critiques and portfolio development will be emphasized throughout the term. This course will emphasize acrylic and oil painting, water color, graphite and pastel with opportunities for intense investigation into drawing and painting techniques in a variety of materials. Students will produce between 15-20 strong pieces of artwork. AP Art Studio is not assessed by a written examination; rather students must submit a portfolio of art in specific categories. The completed portfolio will be graded on quality, concentration, breadth, technical 
skill and expression.

Ceramics I

Prerequisite: None.

This class will introduce students to the essential aspects of hand-building with clay. Emphasis will be on the elements of art and principles of design as they apply to the material. 

Fundamental building techniques including pinch, coil, and slab construction will be the primary focus, all of which will be utilized in the invention and creation of unique works.

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Prerequisite: Completion of Ceramics I with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Ceramics II allows students who have completed Ceramics I to begin exploring their own artistic individuality through clay. Hand-building techniques, surface treatment, glazing, and the firing process will be covered. Wheel throwing techniques will also be available to those students who wish to improve their skills in this area. Each students will create four major projects as well as one group project. An art gallery experience and writing component will round out the course.


Prerequisite: Completion of Art I with a grade of 'C' or higher.

This is an intermediate level art course that focuses on the fundamentals of painting. Students will be exposed to a variety of painting mediums and techniques with special focus on oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, and mixed media. Students will explore painting as a means of personal creative expression and communication and be expected to create a series of original, high quality works. The course will also include exposure to contemporary and historical painting styles. After this course, students may enroll in Art 3-Advanced Art or AP Art Studio taught in the spring term. Advanced Placement Art portfolio requirements will be presented in this class.