Art

In all visual art classes, students engage in sequential learning experiences that encompass art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and production.

Art History
Students search for meaning, significance, and direction in two-dimensional works of art and artifacts through in depth historical study and analysis of artwork from a variety of cultures and time periods by:

  • Critically examining current works and artistic trends,
  • Exploring the role of the art critic in society, and
  • Exploring art criticism as a method of identifying strengths and limitations in student artwork,

Aesthetics
Students search for meaning, significance, and direction in two-dimensional works of art and artifacts by:

  • Attempting to respond to their personal questions about the nature of art,
  • Reflecting on their own changing definitions of art, and
  • Assessing their ideas and definitions in relation to the art community in general.

Production
Students search for meaning, significance, and direction in their own work by producing works of art in a variety of two-dimensional media. At this level, students produce works for their portfolios that demonstrate a sincere desire to explore a variety of ideas and problems. Additionally, students:

  • Create works of art
  • Explore career options in visual art
  • Explore historical connections
  • Find direct correlations to other disciplines
  • Make presentations about their progress at regular intervals
  • Reflect upon the outcomes of those experiences
  • Work individually and in groups
  • Write about the process

Students also identify ways to utilize and support art museums, galleries, studios, and community resources.

Details about these courses may be found in the BHS Curriculum Guide 2016-2017.