The following courses are available at Mission Viejo High School and count toward the 1 year (10 units) requirement for fine arts/foreign language/applied and technical arts graduation requirement for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District:
Fundamentals of Art:
This course introduces the student to a wide range of art techniques and creative approaches to visual arts. Students continuously make critical assessments about their own artwork and the work of their peers and other artists in written as well as verbal critiques. Emphasis is placed on applying and connecting their art knowledge to other art forms, subject areas and careers. Students explore color theory, elements of good composition, basic techniques of drawing perspective, brush techniques, and contour drawing. They work with the following media: ink, pastel, paints, scratchboard, marker, pencil, and collage. Strong emphasis is placed on relating the curriculum to schools of art throughout history. Written work pertaining to art history or the field of art is required. A lab fee may be required for this course.
Painting and Drawing:
This advanced painting and drawing course is provided for the second year art student who wishes to improve his drawing and painting skills, watercolor techniques and ability to use color effectively. There will be some pen and ink and pencil work, pastels, markers, chalk, watercolor, tempera, acrylic painting, graphic design, and art contests/shows. Emphasis will be placed on portfolio preparation in a variety of expressions for a solid presentation. A lab fee may be required for this course.
Advanced Painting and Drawing:
This course is designed for the student who desires further study in the fine arts field. Emphasis will be made on advanced techniques in the areas of drawing, painting, design, and composition. Portfolio preparation will be covered for those students interested in pursuing jobs in the field o admittance to college art programs. Media to be covered will be: pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, tempera, scratchboard, air brush, and printmaking techniques. There will also be an emphasis made on contests, shows, and school exhibits. A lab fee may be required for this course.
Ceramics 1A & 1B:
This course is a lecture and lab course which explores clay as a creative medium. Students enrolled in this course will become familiar with, and engage in the technical, aesthetic analysis, theoretical, cultural, and historical aspects of the art of ceramics. Students will explore clay, its properties, and specific techniques, including handbuilding, glaze application, surface decoration, and throwing on the potter s wheel. Students will complete original art works demonstrating their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. Each student enrolled will create a ceramic notebook/portfolio. A lab fee may be required for this course.
Ceramics 2A & 2B:
This course offers the student advanced handbuilding techniques and/or work on the potter s wheel. Students will learn advanced techniques in glaze calculation and testing, and design and decoration. Originality and creativity will be encouraged. Each student enrolled will create a ceramic notebook/portfolio. A lab fee may be required.
Ceramics 3A & 3B:
This course offers the advanced student the opportunity to further explore the ceramics field while improving on his or her techniques of handbuilding and throwing. Use of other materials is introduced at this time. Loading and firing of the kiln will be explored in depth. Students will be required to complete a portfolio of their work. Emphasis is placed on originality and creativity. A lab fee may be required for this course.
Students begin drawing with pencil and proceed to ink, charcoal, pastels, and conte. Emphasis is placed on drawing the following: human figure, portrait, still life, land and seascape. Art appreciation and history is furnished as students experiment with various drawing styles. A lab fee may be required for this course.
Studio Art Portfolio AP:
This course is designed to give the highly motivated art student an in-depth study in the area of studio art. During the course, the student will be completing a portfolio of about 40 different works to be submitted to the Advanced Placement Examination team for evaluation. Two areas of study may be pursued-- drawing or a general course of study. The art department strongly suggests preparing for this course during his or her junior year (because of the amount of work required). A review of progress by the art staff after the first semester will be done to determine if students should continue in the program.
Photography 1, 2, & 3:
The student will learn the basic skills involved in making a black and white photograph including: camera handling, exposure controls, film and print developing, print mounting, use of enlargers, and in some schools, digital photography and computer manipulation. The course will be presented by means of lecture, demonstration, and practical lab work. Training in the care and handling of equipment will be stressed. A lab fee will be required.
Photography as Art:
Students will learn the basic skills involved in making a black and white photograph. These include: camera handling, exposure controls, film and print developing, print mounting, use of enlargers, and in some schools, digital photography and computer manipulation. The course will be presented by means of lecture, demonstration, and practical lab work. Students will also be exposed to the history of photography and learn of its impact on culture. Students will learn to use photography as a form of creative expression and attempt to analyze works of art. They will also be able to apply photography to other disciplines.
This course is an enhanced course for students demonstrating a desire and technical qualifications to continue the study of photography. The class includes the zone system of exposure control, the exposure/development relationship, lithographic film, large format cameras, sensitometry, chemical enhancement, and montage work. Also included will be portfolio development, career information, and job shadowing. Some schools will also incorporate digital photography, computer manipulation and website design.
Video and Television Production 1:
This course is designed to provide students with an overall experience and understanding of the elements of TV/film production. These elements include the history of television and film, job descriptions and opportunities, planning and critiquing a variety of media productions, field and studio procedures, proper framing and lighting, camera nomenclature and technique, and editing on both linear and nonlinear formats. By live broadcasting of daily announcements, students will experience good content in programming as well as being able to take responsibility for that programming. The students will also produce a biweekly news show that will enhance shooting and editing quality pictures, scenes, and stories. This course will provide the background and skills necessary for the college bound student to succeed in the advanced study of TV/film production or any of its related fields.
Video and Television Production 2:
Video/TV Production 2 is a year long course that takes the skills you acquired in Video/TV Production 1 and applies them to actual television production assignments. Video/TV Production 2 students are responsible for the production of a biweekly video news magazine featuring school activities. Video/TV Production 2 students also produce the Video yearbook.
Video and Television Production 3:
This course is an advanced course in television production with special emphasis on writing, producing and directing. Students participate in a real world newsroom environment and are responsible for the production of a television news magazine which is broadcast to the campus and community.