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VISUAL ARTS

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
Albert Einstein

The Visual Arts Department at Santa Margarita Catholic High School offers a diverse college prep curriculum from beginning to advanced and IB levels of art and video production to graphic design, film, 3D sculpture and photography.

Each of our teachers focuses on using a nurturing environment that promotes creativity and imagination, making sure that students are comfortable using their creative side. Through our program, students develop confidence and an appreciation for cultures and the world around them. A true respect is developed - respect for themselves, one another and family. Each of our teachers encourages our students to take pride in their work and develop their God-given talents.

COURSES

2D Studio Classes


7401A ART
Art is a year-long course. The first semester is an introductory course in which the basic techniques are taught. During the second semester we will further develop the techniques taught in the first semester. This course is designed for the student that is serious about learning more about art, but no prior skills are necessary. Students will explore a variety of exercises and projects using a variety of materials throughout the semester. Students learn a process of art-making and will keep an on-going sketchbook in which they put preliminary drawings for their designs, class notes, self-evaluation, etc. Sketchbook is digitally maintained. It is expected that students will read about, write about, and speak about art. Art journals are read and responded to throughout the year. In the second semester the student reads about, writes about, speaks about, and evaluates art work, but on a more advanced level, and with a greater emphasis on developing personal style and understanding the elements and principles of design. A research project related to art is also completed.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

7407A DRAWING
This is an intermediate drawing course, designed to refine drawing techniques and concepts. Students who have had art in middle school can consider this class. Students will explore and refine their use of various drawing media. Each student will keep and ongoing sketchbook; participate in critiques, and research artists and styles of art. Students will be expected to write and speak about art, as well as create a portfolio of work. Students will learn and apply the principles and elements of design to their works of art.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Completion of art in middle school or by portfolio review.

7410A ADVANCED DRAWING 1
7411A ADVANCED DRAWING 2

This is an advanced drawing course that has a prerequisite of a satisfactory completion of Art and Drawing. The art student continues exploring art issues in drawing to a greater depth, and continues work in the areas of art criticism and art history, in addition to their advanced studio work. Students work more independently but closely with the art teacher. Students read art journals, art newspapers, attend art exhibits, maintain a sketchbook, and research artists and art movements as they apply to their own work. Students exhibit their work and create and update their portfolios.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: (1) 10, 11, 12, (2) 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisites: Advanced Drawing 1- Middle School Art, Drawing, and teacher approval. Advanced Drawing 2- Advanced Drawing 1, and teacher approval.

7412C ADVANCED DRAWING HONORS
This is an advanced drawing honors course that requires a satisfactory completion of Advanced Drawing as well as a teacher recommendation. In this course the student will continue exploring drawing media and issues but on a more advanced level. There will be an emphasis on exploring and studying artists who will inspire and broaden the students view of the drawing media and expression. Students will work on continuing to develop their portfolio, artistic expression, as well as looking at the world of art in their own culture as well as in others around the world. Each student will maintain a sketchbook and will use this sketchbook to develop ideas, research artists and art movements, and experiment with different types of drawing media. The sketchbook will be vital in the development of ideas and aiding students in their own unique creative process. Students in this course will be expected to exhibit their artwork throughout the course of the year. Students will be encouraged to attend art exhibits and read several art journals as often as possible. Students will participate in art critiques often and will be expected to write and speak about their artwork frequently. Each student will create a digital portfolio of their work at the end of the course. Each student will write an artist statement that they will include in their digital portfolio about their work and their development of this body of work.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending
Prerequisites: Drawing, Advanced Drawing and/or teacher’s approval required.

7420A PAINTING
This is an intermediate acrylic painting course. The student learns the use and care of materials, experiments with color mixing, value, and intensity. Each student maintains a sketchbook, reads art journals, and researches artists and art styles as they apply to his/her work. Students are encouraged to attend art exhibits.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Completion of Middle School Art or portfolio review.

7421A ADVANCED PAINTING 1
7422A ADVANCED PAINTING 2

The student continues exploring painting media and issues but on a more advanced level. There is an emphasis on developing personal style and direction, independent thinking, and art philosophical inquiry relating to the individual works and direction. Each student maintains a sketchbook, reads art journals and researches artists and art styles as they apply to his/her own work. Students attend art exhibits, read art journals, participate in art critiques, write, and speak about art. Each student will write a philosophical statement about their own work, and create and update their portfolios.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: (1) 10, 11, 12 (2) 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite Advanced Painting 1: Middle School Art, Painting or portfolio review. Prerequisite Advanced Painting 2: Completion of Painting, Advanced Painting 1, and teacher approval.

7421C ADVANCED PAINTING HONORS
This is an advanced painting honors course that requires a satisfactory completion of Painting and Advanced Painting as well as a teacher recommendation. In this course the student will continue exploring painting media and issues but on a more advanced level. There will be an emphasis on exploring and studying artists who will inspire and broaden the student’s view of the painting media and expression. Students will work on continuing to develop their portfolio, artistic expression, as well as looking at the world of art in their own culture as well as in others around the world. Each student will maintain a sketchbook and will use this sketchbook to develop ideas, research artists and art movements, and experiment with different types of painting media. The sketchbook will be vital in the development of ideas and aiding students in their own unique creative process. Students in this course will be expected to exhibit their artwork throughout the course of the year. Students will be encouraged to attend art exhibits and read several art journals as often as possible. Students will participate in art critiques often and will be expected to write and speak about their artwork frequently. Each student will create a digital portfolio of their work at the end of the course. Each student will write an artist statement that they will include in their digital portfolio about their work and their development of this body of work.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Completions of Painting, Advanced Painting and/or teacher’s approval required

7450A PHOTOGRAPHY
The photography art student must have a digital “manual” 35mm camera. Each student will be responsible for having at least 4 projects per grading period, and some pictures enlarged through an outside lab. The student will learn and explore observational skills, photographic techniques, and “photography as art” concepts relating to art history and art philosophy. While learning how to use the camera, and how cameras work, the student will explore photography within different genres (portraits, landscape, interior and exterior space, sport, etc.). The student works in color and black and white, and learns about basic darkroom techniques. Each student creates a reflection book that becomes their personal statement about themselves and their world, and learns how to maintain a good archive of their photos. The student participates in art critiques, reads art journals and photographic articles, and writes and speaks about art history and photographic issues, and is encouraged to attend exhibits. In addition, student will be learning computer programs that will further their understanding of the photographic process.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

7451A ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY
Builds upon skills learned in ‘Photography’. This includes camera techniques, photo analysis, photo composition and an increasing emphasis on adjustment and improvement of photographs using photo manipulation software. Students are encouraged to development various forms of composition such as photography for science, art or publication. Career opportunities and the ethics of photography will be explored in depth as well. Students will be able to understand advanced techniques and some special effects in photography as they learn to find their personal ‘voice’.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
(f) UC Approval Pending
Prerequisite: Photography

7460F VISUAL ARTS IB HL 1
Visual Arts IB HL 1 is a yearlong course. Students enrolled in this course will investigate past, present, and emerging
forms of Visual Arts. Students will produce, evaluate, and develop an understanding of the visual arts from a local, national, and international perspective. Students will produce an investigation workbook to support, inform, develop, and refine studio work through sustained contextual and visual critical investigation. The investigation workbook is integral to studio practice and should reflect the student’s critical visual and written investigation. Students are required to complete a personal statement based on their experience documenting their growth from their investigation and process of art making.

Students are required to complete a portfolio of work, an investigation workbook, and an interview with an examiner about their work. If the student chooses Higher Level Option A, their focus will be 60% studio work, and 40% investigation workbook. If Higher Level Option B is chosen, the students focus will be 60% investigation workbook and 40% studio work. Both options A & B require the completion of a Candidate Record Booklet, which consists of 3 parts; IWB’s best pages, studio works, and student’s personal statement.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 11
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art, and Drawing or Painting withgrades of “A” and/or teacher recommendation.

Note: Students enrolled in this course are required to take Visual Arts IB HL 2 the following year to fulfill the two year Visual Arts IB HL commitment.

7461F VISUAL ARTS IB HL 2
Visual Arts IB HL 2 is the continuation of the Visual Arts IB HL 1 course. Students enrolled in this course will continue to
investigate past, present, and emerging forms of Visual Arts. Students will produce, evaluate, and develop an understanding of the visual arts from a local, national, and international perspective. Students will continue the production of their investigation workbook to support, inform, develop, and refine studio work through sustained contextual and visual critical investigation. The investigation workbook is integral to studio practice and should reflect the student’s critical visual and written investigation. Students are required to complete a personal statement based on their experience documenting their growth from their investigation and process of art making.

Students are required to complete a portfolio of work, an investigation workbook, and an interview with an examiner about their work. If the student chooses Higher Level Option A, their focus will be 60% studio work, and 40% investigation workbook. If Higher Level Option B is chosen, the students focus will be 60% Investigation Workbook and 40% studio work. Both options A & B require the completion of a Candidate Record Booklet, which consists of 3 parts; IWB’s best pages, studio works, and student’s personal statement.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Visual Arts IB HL 1 with grade of A both semesters and/or teacher recommendation.


Graphic Design

6213A GRAPHIC DESIGN
This course is designed for students who are interested in the art, language, business and career concepts of and about 2-Dimensional design utilizing the computer and Adobe Photoshop software. Students will learn and apply the principles of design to manipulate images in a digital format and produce project based graphic art under production deadlines. Some of the design techniques include: fundamentals of color management, photo retouching, imaging, special effects, layers, filters and masks. Students must be highly motivated and able to work independently.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

Note: Adobe Creative Cloud is supplied on student devices.

6214A ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN
This course is designed to give students a second year to dive deeper into the world of computer graphics. Students will further their understanding of the art, language, business and career concepts of and about 2-Dimensional and interactive design utilizing the computer and the software Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. Students will learn, build upon and apply the principles of design to manipulate images and create original artwork in a digital format and produce project based graphic art under production deadlines. Some of the design techniques include: Digital Illustration, Typography, Layout, and Interactive Media. Students must be highly motivated and able to work independently.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Graphic Design

3D Studio Classes

7440A 3-D SCULPTURE AND DESIGN
3-D Sculpture and Design is an introductory class in which basic building techniques and materials will be taught in the production of 3-dimensional sculpture. In addition to basic sculpture techniques, the elements of 3-dimensional design will be learned as they apply to the projects at hand. This class will approach sculpture and design from a fine arts perspective; therefore, aesthetics and design will be addressed, as well as skill and craftsmanship. Students will learn the process of art-making with keeping an ongoing sketchbook, in which will be preliminary drawings for design, evaluation and reflections on their own work. It is expected that students will read, write, and speak about design and sculpture. Art history/research projects will be completed by each student and submitted in written form.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

7441A ADVANCED 3-D SCULPTURE AND DESIGN
Advanced 3-D Sculpture and Design is a course that offers upper level skill development, as students incorporate knowledge from their first year of 3-D Sculpture and Design. Skills that are emphasized in Advanced 3-D Sculpture are increased hand building skill and craft in multiple mediums, slip casting, advanced paint and glaze application and a further understanding and emphasis on the Principles of Design as they relate to 3-dimensional sculpture and the student’s own developing artistic styles. Projects present additional challenges and thinking in craft, design and color at an advanced level. This class will approach sculpture and design from a fine arts perspective; therefore, aesthetics and design will be addressed, as well as skill and craftsmanship. Students will learn the process of art-making with the keeping of an ongoing sketchbook, in which will be; preliminary drawings for design, evaluation, and reflections on their own work. It is expected that students will read, write, and speak about design and sculpture at an advanced level, building on prerequisite class learning. Art history/research projects will be completed by each student and submitted in written form, in addition to 3-dimensional works.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending
Prerequisite: One year of 3-D Sculpture and Design and teacher approval.

Digital Media Production

6000A DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students with video production that includes the following: camera work, script writing, editing, directing. Each student will gain hands-on experience of single camera (film style) productions. No prior experience is required for this course. Students may be required to attend certain activities outside of the regular school day.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

6010A DIGITAL MEDIA TECHNIQUES
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of all aspects of digital media production,
enabling them to appreciate film artistically, symbolically, aesthetically, and organizationally. Students will view filmsamples and gain experience in lighting, sound, producing, and directing, along with developing their outside of the regular school day, including at least one weekend shoot.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Video Production.

6020A ADVANCED DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION
This is an advanced visual art course for students who have taken Digital Video Production and Digital Media Techniques and who wish to further their knowledge of the elements of art and principles of production, directing and producing as they relate to video and film. This course builds upon the concepts of digital media production and the participation in preproduction, production, and post-production processes learned in the previous two classes. Students will use appropriate aesthetic and technical vocabulary when film is studied as an art form and as a means of communication. A variety of films will be viewed and students will analyze and respond to these films, and make critical assessments. Students will also learn the following advanced production techniques: editing, camera lighting, audio, scheduling/budgeting, directing, production design, distribution/marketing and producing. When making productions, students will gain valuable experience as to what it is like to work on a typical Hollywood movie set. Students will continue to evaluate their films and the films of others to further apply the art of production, including the entire creative process and individual and collaborative work.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Video Production and Digital Media Techniques.

6219A TELEVISION PRODUCTION
This course is designed to teach students the skills needed for producing studio multi-camera television shows. Students will learn about the entire television production process (both technical and professional), the three different phases of production (pre-production, production and post-production), and taking on different production elements including: creating a timeline, organizing and scheduling talent, and writing and developing segments. ETV News Daily will be produced and directed by students in this course. Students will also create their own television shows
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Video Production or have prior experience in digital video production.

6222A BROADCAST JOURNALISM
The course will include technical instruction in television, film, internet, and news show production. The course will examine the substantive and scholarly aspects of all three mediums. Working in teams under deadline pressure, students will photograph, write, edit, and report packages for television news. During the course of the semester, students will work on a variation of news stories. Some of the stories may air on ETV.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending

Film Studies

6000A DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students with video production that includes the following: camera work, script writing, editing, directing. Each student will gain hands-on experience of single camera (film style) productions. No prior experience is required for this course. Students may be required to attend certain activities outside of the regular school day.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

6221C SCREENWRITING HONORS
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of writing by studying script history, structure, character development, dialogue, and other dramatic devices that shape contemporary screenplays. Through screenings, discussions, and writing exercises, the student will acquire creative and analytical skills that they will apply to the development of original works throughout the term, enabling them to appreciate screenwriting artistically and aesthetically. Students will complete a feature length script by the end of the year.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

6232F Film IB SL
Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. This introductory 1-year IB course is aimed at studentswho are highly motivated and are dedicated to developing analysis and research skills so they become proficient in both interpreting and making digital media productions. Through the study of film texts and exercises in production and analysis, the IB film course explores film history, theory and socio-economic backgrounds. The course will develop students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the diversity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To achieve an understanding of internationalism within the world of film, students will be taught to consider film texts, theories and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures. The IB Film course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of a group. Students will be encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in digital media production. Students will be challenged to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and learn to respect those of others. This requires willingness to attempt to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to have an open and critical mind. At the core of this IB Film course lays a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of digital media productions.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: A 3.0 academic GPA and a B or better in English and Social Studies.

6230F Film IB HL 1
Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. This 2-year film course aims to develop students’ skills so they become adept in both interpreting and making digital media productions. Through the study of film texts and exercises in production and analysis, the IB film course explores film history, theory and socio-economic backgrounds. The course will develop students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the diversity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To achieve an understanding of internationalism within the world of film, students will be taught to consider film texts, theories and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures. The IB Film course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of a group. Students will be encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in digital media production. Students will be challenged to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and learn to respect those of others. This requires willingness to attempt to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to have an open and critical mind. At the core of this IB Film course lays a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of digital media productions.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 11
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either Digital Video Production (recommended) or Film as Art and a 3.0 academic GPA and a B or better in English and Social Studies, or successful teacher interview.

6231F Film IB HL 2
This course is the continuation of Film IB HL 1 (please see Film IB HL 1 course description) taken during student’s senior year. During this year, along with developing students’ skills in interpreting film texts and making digital media productions, students will practice and complete the three required assessments for submission to IBO. These assessments include an Independent Study documentary script, an Oral Presentation analysis, and a Production Portfolio.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: . Successful completion of Film IB HL 1, and teacher recommendation.

6240CL INTERNATIONAL TRENDS IN CINEMA HONORS
Many people in the world today take films for granted and rarely know how the film industry started or how films were and are made. This class will teach students about the rich history that makes up the international film industry as an art form and a pop-culture phenomenon. Students will view many films and film clips from various countries around the world to help in their endeavor to become better critical writers, to visually analyze films, and to see the differences within various cinemas. This film history class will cover many topics such as the invention of the moving picture camera in the late 1800’s, major film movements such as Expressionism and wartime propaganda, genres and modern day cinema. Films from the United States and also from such countries like France, Germany, Japan and India will be viewed, discussed and written about.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 11, 12
(g) UC Approved

6217A FILM AS ART
This course introduces students to the art, language, business and career concepts of and about the international motion picture industry. Students are required to learn the process of how a film is made from idea to seeing the idea on the silver screen. The students are taught to “read” a film, analyzing its structure, genre, technical and artistic factors and purpose. Students study the wide variety of careers required to make films and support the motion picture industry. Lastly, students learn how to view film, talk about film, write about film, critique films and research film. Also, with film viewing, students analyze film, research topics on specific areas of the motion picture industry, write original short scripts, create a short film of their own and do the necessary preparation to make a million-dollar feature film.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

RESOURCES

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS)

SCAD Scholarship Contests
A variety of different contests with a shot at winning scholarship money! From studio art to graphic design and photography! Check out the site for more information!

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is for all types of art and writing submissions. Visit link to see all rules for submissions.


Faculty and Staff

Christine Adolph

Visual Arts and Graphic Design Teacher

David Espinoza

Broadcast Journalism Teacher

Jaclyn Fields

Visual Arts Teacher

Tessa Fleming

Social Studies Department Chair, Visual Arts Teacher

Nancy Harrell

Visual Arts Community Outreach Coordinator

Paul Higgins

Director of Broadcasting/Journalism Teacher

Corey Lindabury

Visual Arts Teacher

Todd Naylor

Visual Arts Teacher

Christina Rising

Visual Arts Teacher

Todd Robey

Visual Arts Teacher
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