The Oakmont HS Visual and Performing Arts Departments' courses "convey knowledge and meaning not learned through the study of other subjects. Study in and through the arts employs a form of thinking and a way of knowing based on human judgment, invention, and imagination. Arts education offers students the opportunity to envision, set goals, determine a method to reach a goal and try it out, identify alternatives, evaluate, revise, solve problems, imagine, work collaboratively, and apply self-discipline. As they study and create in the arts, students use the potential of the human mind to its full and unique capacity. The visual and performing arts are a vital part of a well-rounded educational program for all students." ~CDE VAPA Curriculum Guide

  • Art 1

    Art 1

    In this introductory course, students express their creativity and develop their artistic perception while exploring the elements of art. Students will develop their technical skills and vocabulary as they work with a variety of art tools and materials and cover foundational skills in drawing, painting, and printmaking. They will exhibit work and participate in group critiques as they develop a working portfolio and a sketchbook. Through reading, writing and oral assignments, students will make aesthetic evaluations of works of art from a variety of cultures and reflect on their own artistic development.

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  • Art 3

    Art 3

    Students will learn a variety of new mediums, cover portfolio development, and research aspects of the visual arts. They will further delve into art analysis and work toward making independent choices with the directions of their own works.

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  • Ceramics 1

    Ceramics 1

    For general or college prep students. Emphasis is on performing intermediate level pottery techniques to create functional and decorative artwork. The class covers wheel and hand-built pottery, clay sculpture, and art appreciation and design, as they relate to ceramics.

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  • Ceramics 3

    Ceramics 3

    Designed to build upon and perfect the techniques learned in the previous ceramics courses. Gives the students an opportunity to concentrate on sculpture and/or wheel thrown pottery, allowing the students to make larger and more complex pieces. Students will be expected to refine conceptual elements into their work and develop a body of work that expresses those concepts. Students will also learn about the many ways of firing ceramics and will be more involved in the process of firing their pieces. Student will participate in entering art competitions and will be expected to perform at an advanced level.

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  • Graphic Design 1 (Design & Digital Illustration)

    Graphic Design 1 (Design & Digital Illustration)

    Digital Illustration introduces students to the fundamental concepts of effective graphic communication with an emphasis on Adobe Illustrator as a primary design tool. Students will participate in the full design process, including brainstorming, conceptualizing, communicating with the client, pre-press production, and collaborative critiquing. Students will explore the fundamentals of graphic design theory, layout design, typography, and the career potential within the design field. Emphasis is on giving students real world experiences in creative problem-solving in the design environment

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  • Photography 2

    Photography 2

    This class is an opportunity to move beyond Photography 1 and work on mastering the four elements of photography: the photographic frame and its borders, quality of focus as determined by the aperture or lens, shutter speeds and their effects in relation to time and motion, the physical media used to create the aggregate image. Students will take, manipulate, and display photography demonstrative of awareness of frame, focus, shutter speed, and display as well as work strongly with Photoshop as a digital darkroom tool.

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  • IB Visual Arts SL/HL1, SL/HL2

    IB Visual Arts SL/HL1, SL/HL2

    Students will produce studio works and research historical and cultural components in the visual arts related to the works they produce. This is an in-depth study of the visual arts where students produce a college-quality portfolio and develop aesthetic discrimination of applied art inclusive or artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing.

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  • Art 2

    Art 2

    In this intermediate course, students further express their creativity and further develop their artistic perception while exploring the principles of art. Students will enhance their technical skills and vocabulary as they work with a variety of art tools and materials and cover intermediate skills in drawing, painting, and printmaking. They will exhibit work and participate in group critiques as they develop a working portfolio and a sketchbook. Through reading, writing and oral assignments, students will make aesthetic evaluations of works of art from a variety of cultures and reflect on their own artistic development.

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  • Art 4

    Art 4

    Students will develop an independent curriculum and work toward a final exhibit and portfolio. Course includes art analysis, and research and development of ideas for personal work.

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  • Ceramics 2

    Ceramics 2

    Designed to give students an opportunity to concentrate on hand-built pottery, wheel pottery, or sculpture. Students will be expected to perform at an advanced level and develop an individual style.

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  • Graphic Design 2 (Design & Photo Illustration)

    Graphic Design 2 (Design & Photo Illustration)

    This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of effective graphic communication with an emphasis on Adobe Photoshop as a primary design tool. Students will participate in the full design process, including brainstorming, conceptualizing, communicating with the client, pre-press production, and collaborative critiquing. Students will explore the fundamentals of graphic design theory and the career potential within the design field. Emphasis is on giving students real world experiences in creative problem-solving in the design environment through both drawing and photo manipulation within the Photoshop environment.

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  • Photography 1

    Photography 1

    Photography is designed for general or college prep students interested in the artistic and technical aspects of photography. Emphasis will be on the manual use of a digital single-lens reflex camera and the elements and principles of art as they relate to photography. Digital processes include digital darkroom techniques and image management within the Adobe Bridge and Photoshop environments.

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  • AP Studio Art 2-Design Portfolio

    AP Studio Art 2-Design Portfolio

    This course enables highly motivated students - those who are willing to devote considerable time to the study of graphic arts and the development of higher level—to do college level work while still in high school. Evaluation is not based on a written test, but on the grading of a portfolio of work which will be graded on quality, concentration, and breadth of formal, technical and expressive means. Students must be self-motivated and able to work independently. As a condition of your enrollment in an Advanced Placement course at OHS students are expected to take the AP Exam offered in May.

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