Advanced Placement Classes

Advanced Placement Art History
This class surveys art through the ages, beginning with art from prehistoric times and ending with contemporary art. Students will learn to appreciate sculpture, architecture, painting, ceramics, and other art forms from an artistic point of view. They will recognize materials, techniques, and processes involved in creating artworks, as well as identify how art forms and art styles evolve through time. In addition, students will analyze art from a historical and contextual lens, considering how issues such as patronage, gender, function, and innovation change our understanding of an artwork. Coursework will be rigorous and include challenging readings and analytical writing. Students should expect to take multiple field trips to Chicago museums.

Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design (Graphic Design)
In this course, students will create a portfolio in graphic design or digital imaging using Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will create a minimum of 24 works of art that address the principles and elements of design. This course will explore the three sections of the AP portfolio- Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. Students will select an area of concentration for their portfolio and work in a self-directed atmosphere.

Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design (Photography)
In this course, photography is utilized as the primary medium to explore design problems and concepts. Throughout the year, students work on a series of photographs based on personal interests and ideas. These images, combined with class projects, focus on combining a range of subject matter and design principles to complete a body of artwork for a final portfolio. Students use digital and black and white film and spend a considerable amount of time working independently both in and out of the classroom. Students are responsible for constructing the ideas and content of their work and for completing projects at an accelerated pace.

Advanced Placement Studio Art: 3-D Design
AP Studio Art: 3-D is a course designed to allow students to create various sculptures and installations using a wide variety of materials including but not limited to wire, plaster, clay, cardboard, wood and found objects. Students will utilize design principles to explore and manipulate these materials maximizing their functionality while manipulating traditional meaning. Through these experiences students will be expected to create a portfolio of work in line with the three AP expectations of Quality, Concentration and Breadth. Submission of the AP Studio Art: 3-D portfolio allows participating students to be eligible for college credit.

Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing & Painting
AP Studio Drawing and Painting is a course for motivated individuals who are serious about developing their skills in drawing and painting. Students create works for three sections of the portfolio: quality, concentration, and breadth. Class assignments build expertise in the use of drawing tools while focusing on light, shade, line quality, rendering of form, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth, and the organization of parts within a work. Drawings and paintings are created from observation, abstraction, and imagination with regard to proportion, mark making, and composition. Dedication is required both inside and outside of class to develop a concentration of works based on the personal investigation of an idea.

Honors Courses

Advanced Fiber, Fabric and Fashion (Honors)
Students will be exposed to advanced techniques, such as silk paining, beading, applique, and working from a pattern. Fashion illustration and design as well as garment construction techniques will be a major focus of this course. Students will gain an understanding of the traditions of the the fashion industry and the fiber arts through research. Applying learned skills and knowledge, students will create a body of work that reflects their individual interests. This honors level course is meant for students who have either completed the Fiber I course, or who have prior experience with hand sewing, embroidery, fashion illustration, knitting, or fabric design. All students registering for this class should be comfortable threading and using a sewing machine.

Art 1 (Honors)
This beginning yet vigorous studio art honors survey will encompass a variety of methods and materials as students explore the worlds of painting, drawing, sculpture and time-based art. Students will use traditional and non-traditional materials, and will work from observation and imagination to create original artwork. Students will study historical and contemporary artists and theories, and will gain an understanding of how artists are influenced by and shape the world. Honors Art 1 students will develop the technical and critical thinking skills that they will need as artists. By the end of the year, students will create a series of work that relates to their personal interests, show their work in an exhibition, and document their portfolio.

Art Film Studies (Honors)
Art Film Studies is a course designed to introduce students to the history and technical components of film. The class will explore the advent of cinema as an art form and examine major movements in film history. Concurrently, the class will look at the aesthetics of cinema with classes devoted to the study of screenwriting, acting, directing, cinematography, editing, music, and set design. Lectures and readings will bolster discussions based primarily on video clips and screenings of whole movies.

Digital Imaging I (Honors)
Students will combine conventional art media and modern computer technology to create graphic imagery. We will use a variety of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. This class is intended to develop composition skills while creatively and successfully conveying a message. Students work in a self-directed atmosphere that requires concentration and willingness to try new ideas.

Digital Imaging II Digital Photography (Honors)
In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of digital photography. Students will learn how to use a digital camera as a tool to create art as well as learning how to enhance and manipulate images using Photoshop. Students will combine their creative use of camera controls with their knew knowledge of digital media. Students will also be exposed to historical and contemporary trends in photography.

Drawing (Honors)
Honors Drawing will build on drawing techniques learned in Honors Art I.  The application of principals and elements of design will be studied as they relate to drawing concepts. This course emphasizes the function of drawing, including definition, exploration, and process. Within these functions, more specific issues of objective and non-objective space, scale, color, line, contrast and sequence will be explored. Students will draw from observation, as well as draw using various design techniques that are more abstract. Media used will include pencil, pen, pastel and charcoal.

Advanced Drawing (Honors)
This intensive drawing studio will further develop student skills in observational and experimental drawing techniques. Gesture, value, proportion, perspective, contour, figure/ground relationships, chiaroscuro, and color will be explored simultaneously with ideas for content, narrative, and imagery. Immersion and practice will lead to mastery in handling drawing media to express a personal style. Junior or Senior-level required, but prior experience not necessary.

Painting (Honors)
Students in Honors Painting will explore the world of painting by using different traditional and nontraditional techniques. Students will use watercolors, acrylic, tempera, and oil paint to create works based on observation as well as imagination. Landscapes, portraits, still life, and even non-objective and 3-Dimensional pieces will be tackled.  Students will gain strong technical skills and an expansive knowledge of color theory in order to manipulate space and express ideas through color. Students will study historical and contemporary painters, as well as how painting subjects and processes have changed over time. At the end of the year, students will be asked to create a small series of work based on a unifying theme that reflects their personal interests.

Advanced Painting (Honors)
Students in this class will experience an accelerated studio in painting to refine skills and develop a personal style. Figurative, portrait, still life, mixed media, narrative, and abstract projects will be taught in conjunction with independent works. Historical precedents and contemporary painters will be covered while students develop ideas and approaches to composition, color, and paint. Studio work inside and outside of class will emphasize practice and experimentation.

Art Electives

Art 1
This art survey will encompass a variety of methods and materials as students explore the worlds of painting, drawing, sculpture and time-based art such as animation. Students will explore the basic elements and principles of art as they make original art pieces with various art materials. Students will study artists from the past, as well as contemporary artists, to foster critical thinking skills and knowledge of how artists are influenced by and shape the world. This class will encourage a deeper understanding of artistic processes and techniques, as well as a playful exploration of the world of visual art.

Fiber, Fabric, Fashion
This elective is open to all Lane students who are interested in using fiber and fabric as a medium for expression. Embroidery, knitting, beading, printing on fabric and weaving are just a few of the techniques students will learn as they generate both two and three dimensional art. This course will also cover the basics of fashion design- from fixing clothes you already have, to repurposing thrift store finds and learning how to create clothing from scratch, to fashion illustration. Critical thinking and basic drawing skills will be applied when planning projects. Students will learn about the history of the fiber arts, while developing their own sense of style.

Students in this course will be introduced to the rich and varied tradition of printmaking. This studio course introduces basic printmaking processes and equipment with equal emphasis on concept and technique. This course is recommended for those students who enjoy drawing or designing and for those who wish to further explore a wide variety of visual art approaches. Students will explore printing techniques such as monotype, relief, intaglio, screen-printing and various other approaches to making and printing work. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the medium and to gain the knowledge required for basic manipulation of the processes used in the production of multiple printed images.

Printmaking II engages tradition, new technology and a multi-disciplinary approach to art making. We will explore traditional and nontraditional approaches to water-based screen printing and develop skills in printmaking that will enhance your artistic vision. We will begin with simple stencils to hand-painted stencil techniques and move into more complex hand-drawn and photographic processes. There will be an emphasis on multi-colored, multi-layered prints as well as working in a series. We will look at artists working in print as image, book, installation, poster and sculptural work. As you become more comfortable with traditional and basic techniques, you will be encouraged to develop creative methods in approaching subject matter, materials and aesthetic issues.

Studio Sculpture III (Wheel Throwing)
Students will master the basic techniques of the potter’s wheel–centering, opening, pulling, shaping, and altering forms. A variety of projects will lead to the creation of functional containers and sculptural work. Throughout the year students will experience the excitement of firing with a variety of kilns. The course teaches advanced firing, clay composition, aesthetics of form, surface methods, and historical and contemporary ceramics from around the world. Some hand-building methods and mosaic design will be taught in conjunction with the wheel.