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Art

Art is a universal and basic language. No society exists that does not create some form of art. The inclination to express oneself visually begins early. Its subsequent development is fundamental for every person and essential for society.

The art department's curriculum is comprised of a series of elective courses designed to broaden the students' awareness and skills in technical and aesthetic areas in the visual arts. There are two main classifications of the art curriculum at Althoff Catholic. The first is the two dimensional area. This area includes: drawing, painting, and printmaking. The other classification is the three dimensional area which includes sculpture and ceramics. New students entering Althoff Catholic may sign up for Art 1. The three dimensional areas are in the Art 2 and advanced curricula. Students wishing to explore these areas must first successfully complete Art 1.

Courses offered

BDRW 111  ART 1 DRAWING (All) SEM 1 .5 credit
Prerequisite: NONE

Beginning Drawing is designed to aid the student in an understanding of the elements and principles of art as they apply to two-dimensional drawing and design.

Student Activities: Students will develop this knowledge through use of a wide variety of media and hands on activities including drawing, painting, pastels, pen and ink as well as art history and aesthetics.

Student Evaluation:  Proficiency, expertise, and work ethic in meeting the requirements of specific art projects.  Projects and skills necessary will vary.


BCEPO 121  ART1 CERAMICS/POTTERY (All) SEM 2 .5 credit
Prerequisite: NONE

Beginning Ceramics and Pottery is the introductory course of study to understand the application of the elements and principles of art and how they relate to three-dimensional artwork.

Student Activities:  Special emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, form, function, texture and color through the clay medium.  Students will explore clay primarily but not be limited to clay as a medium, including sculpture, hand building and wheel thrown potter.

Student Evaluation:  Proficiency, expertise, and work ethic in meeting the requirements of specific art projects.  Projects and skills necessary will vary.


DR/PT 211 ART 2 DRAWING & PAINTING (Sophs, Jrs, Srs) SEM 1 .5 credit

DR/PT 221 ART 2 DRAWING & PAINTING (Sophs, Jrs, Srs) SEM 2 .5 credit

CEPO 212 ART 2 CERAMICS, SCULPTURE, & POTTERY

CEPO 222 ART 2 CERAMICS, SCULPTURE, & POTTERY

Prerequisite: Art 1 (in applicable discipline) (Sophs, Jrs, Srs)

(Sophs, Jrs, Srs) SEM 1

SEM 2 .5 credit

.5 credit

Art 2 courses are designed to further apply the elements and principles of design involved with the specific art disciplines. The goal of these courses also includes furthering the technical requirements of particular art disciplines. The Art 2 courses are one semester in length but are comprised of two disciplines. Each discipline will be explored for approximately one quarter. Art 2 courses are Drawing/Painting and Ceramics, sculpture, pottery. Student Activities DRAWING/PAINTING: Drawing and painting with various media. Students will focus on technique value and color, color theory and paint mixing applications.

Student Activities CERAMICS/3 DIMENSIONAL DESIGN: Ceramic hand building, wheel made, and modeling techniques in clay.

Student Evaluation: Proficiency, expertise, and work ethic in meeting the requirements of specific art projects. Assessment of grades will be assigned on a per project basis. Projects and skills necessary will vary.


ADDRW 311 ADVANCED DRAWING (Jrs, Srs) SEM 1 .5 credit

ADPNT 321 ADVANCED PAINTING (Sophs, Jrs, Srs)

ADSCU 312 ADVANCED SCULPTURE, CERAMICS AND POTTERY SEM 2

(Sophs, Jrs, Srs) SEM 1 .5 credit

.5 credit

ADSCU 322 ADVANCED SCULPTURE, CERAMICS AND POTTERY (Sophs, Jrs, Srs) SEM 2 .5 credit

Prerequisite: Art 1, Art 2 (in applicable discipline).

Advanced Art is designed for continued exploration into the technical and aesthetic challenges inherent in specific media. Advanced Art courses are Advanced Painting, Advanced Drawing, Advanced Ceramics, and Advanced Sculpture.

Student Activities:   Students will be encouraged to work more independently by contracting specific assignments.   These classes are studio oriented but will require some art historical research.

Student Evaluation:  Proficiency, expertise, and work ethic in meeting the requirements of specific art projects.  Projects and skills necessary will vary.


 IND2ART 411  INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN TWO DIMENSIONAL ART (Jrs & Srs) SEM1 .5 credit

IND2ART 421  INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN TWO DIMENSIONAL ART (Jrs & Srs)

Prerequisite: Advanced Drawing/Advanced Painting /Permission of the instructor. SEM2 .5 credit

Independent studies in 2 dimensional art is designed for the student strongly considering a career in art or possible college art major. Students should be well versed in technical accomplishments in a variety of drawing and painting media. Students will explore his/her choice of subject and content under the close scrutiny of the instructor. This is a college level course in studio art.

Student Activities: Students will explore and pursue a body of independent 2 dimensional work of the student’s choice with special emphasis on content and self-expression.

Students will be responsible for no less than 8 works of large scale or more ambitious 2 dimensional concerns with a thematic focus.

Student Evaluation: Proficiency, expertise, and work ethic in meeting the requirements of specific art projects. Projects and skills necessary will vary.


IND3ART 412  INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN THREE DIMENSIONAL ART  (Jrs & Srs) SEM1 .5 credit

IND3ART 422  INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN THREE DIMENSIONAL ART  (Jrs & Srs)

Prerequisite: Ceramics, Art 1 Drawing, Art 2 Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, or permission of the instructor. SEM2 .5 credit

Independent studies in 3 dimensional art is designed for the student strongly considering a career in art or possible college art major. Students should be well versed in technical accomplishments of ceramic techniques and applications. Student will explore his/her choice of subject and content and formal relations under the close scrutiny of the instructor. This is a college level course in 3 dimensional studio art.

Student Evaluation: Proficiency, expertise, and work ethic in meeting the requirements of specific art projects.

NOTE: These classes may be repeated with the permission of the instructor.


ARTAPP 413  HONORS ART APPRECIATION ANCIENT GREECE TO 1850   (Jrs, Srs)    SEM 1 .5 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors World History recommended but not required. NOTE:   Other  students  need special permission from the instructor.

This course is designed to expose the student to a broad variety of artwork, historical consideration and cultural implications that have shaped art in the western world for the last 30,000 years or so. The basic goal of this course is to instill an understanding of and appreciation for the human need for artistic expression, develop an understanding of the materials, techniques, and concepts utilized over the centuries that artists have employed in creating art, as well as how those are shaping and have shaped and reflected our culture and existence.

Student Activities:  Students will study and view works of art through a variety of resources including but not limited to slides, text, the Internet and the art museum.

Student Evaluation: Grades will be assessed through research papers, tests, outside assignments and quizzes.


HIS20 423 HONORS MODERN ART APPRECIATION 1850-PRESENT (Jrs & Srs)  SEM 2  .5 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors World History recommended.

Honors Modern Art Appreciation is a class designed to explore the history of artistic trends that have shaped the cultural face of the western world since the late 19th century. This course will continue an exploration into the uses of twentieth century technology and ideas applied to the age-old need of humans for self-expression. The class will begin in the pivotal period following impressionism and trace trends in fine arts, painting, sculpture, and architecture up to the current period of the eclectic post-modernist era of the 21st century.

Student activities: Students will study and view works of art through a variety of resources including but not limited to slides, text, the Internet, and various art museums and sculpture parks.

Student evaluation: Grades will be assessed through research papers, tests, outside assignments and quizzes.