Fine Arts/Vocational

illustrations of various art-related items

Students will explore the world of art, the basic principles and elements, and apply the acquired knowledge to real projects and assignments.

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This course introduces students to the study of basic two-dimensional design. Students will learn the definitions of the design elements (line, shape, value, form, texture and color) and the principles of design that act upon the elements. Verbal and visual definition of the elements includes practical assignments each week.

Suggested grade level: 10-12
Prerequisites: None

Art History: Origins is designed to introduce students to the history of art. In this course, students journey through time, learning about prehistoric and ancient art, ancient Mediterranean and medieval art, and early European art from the Renaissance through Mannerism. Students also learn how to read and interpret art on a basic level. Since art is best learned through experience and expression, students have opportunities to experience the art and react to it through discussion boards and projects. The goal is to show learners how art relates to their own lives, even art from long ago!

Suggested grade level: 10-12
Prerequisites: None

Students will explore the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of children. From conception through adolescence, students read about current research that continues to unlock how the brain develops. Students will also see how child development theory applies to everyday life as they study each stage of development.

Suggested grade level: 11-12
Prerequisites: None

This course will help the student learn the basics of computer operations. The student will work with basic software programs such as word processing, spread sheets, and presentations. Students will also have the opportunity to improve their keyboarding speed and accuracy.

Suggested grade level: 9-12
Prerequisites: None

Fashion Design is an introductory course to the fashion design industry and its careers. It is written for high school aged students; designed in a way that it is accessible for any level from first-year students on. This course is an introductory course, so will not be as rigorous as a required course.

Suggested grade level: 9-12
Prerequisites: None

Everyone goes to restaurants, travels, and stays in lodging facilities. These businesses continue to grow, generating profits, and employing a vast number of people interested in these exciting careers. The Hospitality and Tourism course is designed to give students an overview of this exciting field as well as future educational and career options.

Suggested grade level: 10-12
Prerequisites: None

This course communicates that retailing goes beyond sales, and explores the skills needed to succeed in real world careers. Students learn that opening a store requires research, strategy, and planning. A successful retail store requires careful merchandise selection, as well as buying and pricing expertise. In addition, it gives attention to service and management of employees at various levels.

Suggested grade level: 10-12
Prerequisites: None

In this course, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of interior design. The course will start with a look at what interior design is, what careers are available in the field, and how to go about working towards a career in the interior design field. Then, students will dive into the fundamental principles of interior design, including analyzing color and design elements, environmental concerns, and setting up rooms with furniture and decorations.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12
PRE-REQUISITES: None

Art History: Modern is designed to introduce students to the history of art. In this course, students will journey through time, learning about early European art (from the Renaissance through 1750), late European art (from 1750 through 1900), modern and postmodern art (from 1900 through 2010), then look around their world as they study global art. Students should already be familiar with how to read and interpret art, from taking Art History: Origins; however, if they aren’t, there are some helpful hints and links available to them. Since art is best learned through experience and expression, students will have opportunities to experience the art and react to it through discussion boards and projects. The goal is to show learners how art relates to their own lives, even art from long ago!

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 10 – 12
PRE-REQUISITES: None