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Fine Arts

Welcome to the Fine Art Department at Wilton High School. Here you can find information relating to all the courses we offer.

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Over four years, students may select from a wide variety of half year and full year semester art classes. Students at Wilton High School have an opportunity to explore individual expressions in the visual arts in a variety of studio experiences offered at sequential levels of artistic skill development.

LEVEL I - courses are designed for students interested in exploring fundamental techniques and skills of art.

LEVEL II - courses are designed for students who wish to continue art experiences, develop more advanced skills and to work with more varied media and art techniques.

LEVELS III & IV - are for students who wish to work in greater depth within a more individualized program of art instruction.

Beyond these four levels, AP Portfolio, Portfolio/Art Forum, UCONN ECE and Advanced Art Cooperative Study Classes are available to students based on teacher recommendation and a portfolio of student work.

Art Courses

Drawing I-IV

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½   

Prerequisite for Drawing II/III/IV: Successful completion of Drawing I/II/III.

This sequence of one-semester courses is designed to foster skills in the effective use of drawing tools and materials in a studio environment. Art experiences for the course include exercises and compositions in pencil, charcoal, chalk, pen and ink, and brush and ink. In addition to compositional considerations, attention will be given to rendering techniques, abstraction and perspective.  Advanced courses will include figurative representation and compositional forms, as well as in-depth studies of media & specialized visual techniques. Critiques and assistance with portfolios will be offered.

Painting I-IV

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½   

Prerequisite for Painting II/III/IV: Successful completion of Painting I/II/III.                                                               This course sequence introduces students to painting in a studio environment using tempera, watercolors, acrylic, and oil media. Traditional and contemporary methods of painting and compositional form will be explored. Sketching and drawing sessions will be included. As students progress, more advanced compositional such as collage, variety of surfaces, textural methods, and multi-image composition are included. Studio assignments will be undertaken in accordance with individual skill levels and need. Figurative painting and image composition will be included.

Advertising I-IV

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  

Prerequisite for Advertising II/III/IV: Successful completion of Advertising I/II/III.                                                               The introductory course will explore the world of communication arts through advertising, design and product development.  Students will employ materials and techniques used by commercial artists in a problem solving, studio based experience. Students will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop software as well as other editing software.  As students advance, they will explore design problems in advertising and illustrative art emphasizing color, rendering and specialized commercial techniques. Students will also be involved in creating innovative prototypes, and products for future consumers.

Computer Graphics & Digital Media I

Grade: 9-12 Duration: 1 Semester Credit: ½  

Prerequisite: None.     

Computer animation and Game Design

  • Grade: 10-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Graphics and Digital Media II.    

 

This course provides opportunities to apply computer graphics skills in a creative and collaborative, project-based learning environment. Students will explore the work of video game artists as they learn aesthetic and design concepts related to character design, architectural structures, and creation of environments in the context of computer game design and animation sequences. The course also includes the development of technical skills in various 3D modeling and animation software applications, including Adobe Animate and Blender. Topics range from the development of characters and visual assets, to 3D rendering, storyboard creation, scene lighting, and basic cinematography. The learning environment will reflect the creative workflow within the professional game design and animation environment, with students working both independently and in collaborative design teams.

Digital Illustration and Publications - ART769:

  • Grade: 9-12                            
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  
  • Prerequisite: none

Digital Illustration and Publication will explore illustration, layout and design in a digital format.  Digital Illustration and Publication will include working with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and 3D programs to produce camera-ready artwork for use in publications.  Students will focus on the use of digital media as it applies to contemporary illustration and design to create layouts for magazines, advertisements, yearbook, and art-related products.  This course is intended to prepare students for real-life work opportunities in the digital world.

UCONN ECE Digital Media

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two out of the three courses - Computer Graphics and Digital Media, Photography, Video Production

Credit:1

By adding this UCONN Early College Experience Digital Media to our course offering, students will have a unique opportunity to work with the college curriculum for two semester. This is an introductory college level curriculum course which will enhance students’ critical thinking and real world problem solving skills through project based learning while affording them the opportunity to obtain transferable college credit.  Working in close collaboration with the staff at UCONN, the course will evolve regularly to meet the ever changing educational needs of the students. The course will help students develop a variety of 21st century skills aligned with the district’s vision of teaching and learning.

Fashion I-IV

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  

Prerequisite for Fashion II/III/IV: Successful completion of Fashion I/II/III.                                                               In this course sequence, students will be involved in the design, drawing, and construction of wearable clothing and accessories. Fashion history and current trends will be explored with an emphasis on personal style and expression.  A wide range of media and professional techniques will be used including illustration, pattern design, draping, sewing, and garment construction methods. Students will be encouraged to express their personal approaches to dress and explore how style communicates with those around us.  Design and studio problems are undertaken in accordance with the student’s skill level and needs. Critiques and portfolio assistance are offered.

Ceramics I-IV

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  

Prerequisite for Ceramics II/III/IV: Successful completion of Ceramics I/II/III.                                                               This course sequence starts with the introductory level course in ceramics where students explore sculpture, hand building, and construction techniques as well as basic wheel throwing.  Students also learn firing and finishing processes. Advanced ceramic students will develop ceramic skills with an emphasis on the production of related pieces, large scale work, and advanced throwing technique.  Specialty glazing, decorative finishes, and Raku will be introduced. Advanced ceramic studio assignments will be undertaken in accordance with student's skill level and ability.

Jewelry I-IV

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  

Prerequisite for Jewelry II/III/IV: Successful completion of Jewelry I/II/III.                                                               In this course sequence, students develop their skills in creating jewelry through wire and sheet metal, using copper, brass, and German silver. Processes of cutting, forming, joining, polishing, and stone inlay are explored to produce jewelry articles of adornment. As students advance, they develop their skills further in jewelry making through more advanced processes in metalsmithing and soldering. Design and craftsmanship will be emphasized.

Sculpture

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  

Prerequisite for Sculpture II/III/IV: Successful completion of Sculpture I/II/III.                                                               This course sequence is a studio program where students design in the third dimension using both traditional and contemporary techniques and materials. Studio experiences may include: found object composition, basic relief modeling, direct method composition in plaster, ceramic, stone, glass and wood carving. Sculptural techniques and materials introduced in Level I will be explored more fully in the advanced levels with attention given to individual preference for design concepts and rendition. Students develop ideas through traditional model making and the use of the design 3D printer and Cad programs. Sculptural problems of design resolution with appropriate materials and techniques will be explored on an individual basis as required.

Photography I

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1
  • Semester Credit: ½  
  • Prerequisite: None                                                                                     

This initial course in the photography sequence is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of the photographic process. Students will learn how to use their digital camera and its functions with regard to aperture, shutter speed and ISO to record interesting visual aspects of their world. The course explores a range of photographic tools, including different types of cameras, lenses and printing processes. Students will also be introduced to photo editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop as well as hand printing photographs in the darkroom. The course will provides an overview of photography as a communications medium.

Photography II-IV

  • Grade: 9-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  

Prerequisite for Photography II/III/IV: Successful completion of Photography I/II/III.                                                              This advanced-level program is designed for students wishing to further develop their digital photography skills. Students will explore new settings on a digital SLR camera.  The class will explore Photojournalism, portraiture, still life, sports, product, macro and Infrared photography.  Advanced studio lighting and dark room based alternative hand printing techniques will be taught. Emphasis will be placed on artistic application and advanced Photoshop techniques. In-depth refinement of photographic skills will be done on an individual basis.  Assistance with portfolio development and frequent critiques will be part of the course.

PORTFOLIO/ART FORUM

  • Grade: 10-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½  

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two art courses.                                                               This advanced-level program is designed for students wishing to develop an art portfolio or work on an art-related senior project.  Students will prepare portfolios for college entrance, scholastic arts portfolio, scholarships and various adjudications. Students will gain knowledge of contemporary and traditional artists and art movements.  Students wishing to explore a career in the visual arts will have an opportunity to meet with college representatives and artists in the field. A high degree of student responsibility, maturity, and motivation will be expected.

AP ART STUDIO - DRAWING PORTFOLIO

  • Grade: 11-12
  • Duration: Full Year
  • Credit: 1  

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two art courses, art portfolio of past work, and art teacher recommendation.                                                               This course will prepare serious, advanced-level drawing students for an intensive high- level studio art experience covering a range of drawing and painting media only.  In this college-level art course, students will be given an opportunity to develop their drawing skills, study advanced concepts, and explore broad art-related topics. This year-long course will include working with a teacher mentor, guest artists, interacting with guest speakers and college admissions representatives, and visitations to museums and galleries.  Historical and appreciation components will be included. The development of an AP Drawing Portfolio to the specification of the College Board will be the primary focus of this course. The finished portfolio must be sent to the College Board by May 1st. Failure to complete the portfolio by the deadline will result in failure in the course.  Prerequisite: Two or three drawing courses, one art course, portfolio of past work, and teacher recommendation.

AP ART STUDIO – 2D PORTFOLIO

  • Grade: 11-12
  • Duration: Full Year
  • Credit: 1  

Prerequisite: Successful completion of three art courses, art portfolio of past work, and art teacher recommendation.                                                               This course will prepare serious, advanced-level art students for an intensive high-level studio art experience covering a broad spectrum of 2D media:  photography, computer graphics, advertising, as well as drawing and painting. In this college-level art course, students will explore advanced design concepts, develop technical skills, and study a broad spectrum of art-related topics.  This year-long course will include working with a mentor teacher, guest artists, interaction with guest speakers and college admission representatives, visitations to galleries and museums, and field trips. Historical and appreciation components will be infused into the program.  The development of an AP– 2D Portfolio to the specifications of the College Boards will be the primary focus of the course. The portfolio will be completed and submitted by May 1st, to the College Board AP Committee. Failure to complete the portfolio by the deadline will result in failure in the course.

AP ART STUDIO – 3D PORTFOLIO

  • Grade: 11-12
  • Duration: Full Year
  • Credit: 1  

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a three-course sequence of 3D art courses (e.g. Ceramics, Jewelry, etc.), art portfolio of past work, and art teacher recommendation.                                                               This course will prepare serious, advanced-level art students for an intensive high-level studio art experience covering a broad spectrum of 3D media:  ceramics, carving, metal construction, and plaster. In this college-level art course, students will explore 3D design concepts, advanced construction techniques, develop technical skills, and study a broad spectrum of art-related topics.  This year-long course will include working with a mentor teacher, guest artists, interaction with guest speakers and college admission representatives, visitations to galleries and museums, and field trips. Historical and appreciation components will be infused into the program.  The development of an AP 3D portfolio to the specification of the College Boards will be the primary focus of the course. The portfolio will be completed and submitted by May 1st, to the College Board AP Committee. Failure to complete the portfolio will result in failure in the course.  

ADVANCED ART COOPERATIVE STUDY

  • Grade: 10-12
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Credit: ½   

Prerequisite: Teacher and visual arts department recommendation.                                                               Designed for motivated, advanced art students who can work independently, this advanced level program is available to advanced students who have completed all levels within a given art discipline.  Students must be assigned to another class and develop requirements in cooperation with the instructor.