"Art allows you to say things with color and shapes that you couldn't say any other way- things that you had no words for"

Studying Art

At Del Oro, art students learn to make, respond to, and talk about many types of art. They are given the opportunity to see how art is relevant to the 21st century. They will explore ancient techniques as well as how cutting-edge technology is used to make art. Our department is the perfect place to express the highest aspirations of the human spirit!

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This course is a prerequisite to all art classes and is open to all students who want to learn a variety of basic art skills. These skills will be fundamental to all means of creative expression and will form the foundation for all advanced art department courses. Subjects to be covered will be line, form, shape, value, texture, and composition. Students will be introduced to still-life, light and shadow, perspective, and color. Mediums to be used will include graphite, pen and ink, 
paint, charcoal, and colored pencil. Art history will be integrated throughout the term.

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.

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Advanced Ceramics allows students who have completed a sculpture class 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 4 major projects as well as one group project. An art gallery experience and writing component will round out the course.
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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.

This is an introductory level class designed for students who want to learn to express themselves through the art of visual communication. 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 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. Students will have the opportunity to 
display their work in a formal gallery setting.

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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.

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.

Sculpture is designed to develop a student’s understanding of three-dimensional design and expression. The primary focus will be on mastering the use of clay as a sculpture medium, as well as glazing and firing techniques. Students may use a variety of other materials as well, including, but not limited to, wire, found objects, and cardboard. This class will also include discussions about sculpture and its role in art history as well as current trends in ceramic 

AP Art Studio 2-D Design 
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.