Art Department Overview:
The Art Department at Hillsdale include these courses:
and AP Art.
Art classes at Hillsdale are designed to provide a comprehensive program in Visual Arts. Our courses fulfill the one-year graduation requirement for the district and are approved for entrance into the State and UC systems. All courses are two semesters in length and expose students to a broad spectrum of skills, techniques, concepts and cultural contexts important to literacy in the Arts, including the elements and principles of design. Students intending to major in art in college should take 2–3 years of high school coursework.
In the art courses, students develop artistically through engagement with the Studio Habits of Mind, an educational learning framework for the arts developed by Project Zero at Harvard University. Students will learn the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in the process of viewing, discussing and making art. As students plan, create and refine artwork, the role of artists as original thinkers, researchers and makers will be explored.
Subject matter includes Classical, Modern and Contemporary Art; Popular Media and Concept Art, Portrait, Figure, Landscape and Still Life. Media includes graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, marker, linocut printmaking, and paint.
In the Advanced Art classes, students develop and explore their artistic personal vision in a series of self-directed projects. After determining a central point of inquiry from which to grow their artistic practice, students develop skills in new media, and produce art that may be used in a professional AP or college portfolio.
The AP Art course guides students to refine their drawing and painting skills, to fulfill specific drawing and painting assignments, and to develop a body of artwork they find to be an interesting artistic pursuit. The course is designed to meet the requirements to complete a portfolio established by the College Board. The students create a three-part portfolio that shows an understanding and exploration of a broad range of drawing issues.