Visual Arts

At Bishop DuBourg our Visual Arts department allows students the opportunity to explore the many facets of art, as well as the creativity hidden within the individual student. Taken as electives, freshmen through seniors are challenged to look at the various forms of art including watercolor, ceramics, pencil, charcoal, mosaics, and collage, from different perspectives.

Classes include:
CAREERS IN ART – Semester 1 or 2 Elective
Grade Level: Sophomore-Senior
This class is for the student who is interested in a Professional Art Career. The class will introduce the student to various Art Careers, what that career entails, how one qualifies for that career, what the student can do now in order to pursue this career, and what colleges/universities offer this career in their degree program. The various careers, included in this class could include Communication Design (Graphic/Illustration Design), Entertainment Design (Film Artists, Animators, Game Design, Set or Costume Design), Industrial Design (Product, Toy, Auto, Human Factor Design), Fashion Design, Environmental Design (Architecture, Landscape, or Urban Design) Interior or Display Design, The Fine Arts, Crafts, or Art Education. The various careers will be sectioned off into months in order for the student to get a taste of the Art careers available. Strong self-motivation is essential in this class.

ART APPRECIATION – Semester 1 or 2 Length/Credit: One Semester (1/2 credit)
Grade Level: Freshman – Senior Elective
This class is for the student who is unsure or who is uncomfortable about his/her drawing skills. The class will focus on the fine arts and artists both past and present and various art styles both nationally and internationally. In addition, the class will focus on the very basics of the art elements and art principles to help the student understand basic life skills such as choosing a workable color scheme or creating balance, harmony, or unity in his/her life through design and composition. Grades will be based on paperwork and art projects. However, the art projects will not be as heavily graded on items such as craftsmanship or creativity as an art project would be in one of the regular year long Art classes.

ART ONE – FOUNDATIONS OF ART Length/Credit: Two Semesters (1 credit)
Grade Level: Freshman – Senior Elective
This is a foundation course for the development of artistic interest and ability. Projects are based on the elements and principles of art and design, and enhanced with the knowledge of art history and multiculturalism. Techniques of drawing, painting, design, and theory will be explored. Various types of media for two-dimensional and one three-dimensional studio artwork will be introduced.

ART TWO – INTERMEDIATE ART STUDIES Length/Credit: Two Semesters (1 credit)
Grade Level: Sophomore – Senior Elective
This course will continue to assist students in establishing a strong foundation of various technique and media for two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Students will develop drawing and painting skills building on their knowledge of the elements and principles of art and design. A wide variety of media and techniques will be used, including one small sculpture or three-dimensional artwork project.

ART THREE – ADVANCED ART STUDIES Length/Credit: Two Semesters (1 credit)
Grade Level: Junior – Senior Elective
This class uses a more personal approach in solving artistic problems. Emphasis is on developing more of the students’ drawing, painting and multi-media techniques. There will also be one 3-Dimensional Design project. Art mediums used during the year could include pencil, colored pencil, chalk, charcoal, paints, pen and ink, computer generated work, print-making, and other art mediums. Projects will evolve around perceptual problem solving from actual objects or ideas, art history, art criticism, sketchbook usage, and art production. In addition, this class will help the art student who is planning to continue his/her art education at a university, college or an art school with portfolio quality work. This course is also appropriate for the serious art student who enjoys art as a lifelong interest.

ART FOUR – ADVANCED ART STUDIES Length/Credit: Two Semesters (1 credit)
Grade Level: Senior Elective
This class will further the personal approach in solving artistic problems and will continue to develop more of the students’ drawing, painting, and multi-medium techniques. There will also be one 3-Dimensional Design project. In addition, there will be continued use of the art mediums used in Art Three. The student will be expected to show more originality and display quality compositions using the art elements and fundamental principles in each of the assigned art projects. The assignments will again include perceptual problem solving from actual objects or ideas, art history, art criticism, sketchbook usage, and art production. Art students who are planning to continue their study of art after high school are assisted with portfolio preparation and presentation. The Art Four student may occasionally be able to use other various mediums, direct an assigned project toward a specific area of interest, or further develop more on an assigned project with the approval of the art instructor.

INTRODUCTION TO CERAMICS- Semester 1 or 2 Length/Credit: One Semester (1/2 credit)
Grade Level: Sophomore – Senior Elective
This art class is an introduction to the basic principles and hand-building techniques of ceramics. The course will include a brief history of ceramics, ceramic vocabulary, and will have an emphasis on the hand-building techniques of pinch, coil, and slab methods. Students will learn about the proper handling of the basic ceramic tools, materials, glazing, and there will be brief discussions on the firing of ceramic pottery. In addition, there will be basic instruction of throwing on a potter’s wheel if the student has an