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Visual Fine Arts

Visual Fine Arts Curriculum
God created us in his own image; and one of the most fascinating and awesome gifts is our own ability to create.
Mr. Wilkin’s Animation, Ceramics, Drawing, Glass Sculpture, Photography, Painting, and Studio art classes are all at a National level with National codes. All Fine Art classes exceed the Illinois State Standards, the Priority Learning Targets of the District, and Advanced Placement for the Arts. Mr. Wilkin's students have been accepted to five of the top ten Art Colleges in the nation.

Students have the opportunity to learn about significant artists and their styles, and learn to create their own artwork in those same styles.  Students also apply biblical principles to the works being studied.  They learn to break down famous works of art into the 14 elements and principles of art.

As students excel in class, they are rewarded by having their artwork published online, allowed opportunities to show their artwork in actual art galleries, and are recognized on a national level.

Each project involves a myriad of skills that are scaffolded for the students to grasp the concepts and then use those skills for the next assignment.  If any of these skills were skipped or missing, the ability to comprehend and complete the art work would be fragmented, and future projects would be more difficult for the student. It is critical for students to develop the necessary skills being taught. Therefore, Drawing I is highly recommended as a first class.

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Drawing I
This semester class gives the foundation for all of the learning experiences in the studio arts, focusing on the principles and elements of design. Students learn how easy it is to draw and that God has given each of them this gift. Students have the opportunity to learn about significant artists and their styles, and learn to create their own artwork in those same styles. Students learn different drawing terms and techniques; they also learn about the history of the arts, the artists, the time periods, and the biblical significance of each artist’s work. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com. Open to grades 9-12. $30 course fee and 18X24 sketch pad required.


Drawing II
In this semester class students learn advanced professional drawing techniques and about the artists who perfected them. Students learn how easy it is to draw hands, human emotion, glass and animals. Professional college-ready portfolio work is the goal. Open to grades 9-12. Pre-requisite Drawing 1. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com.  $25 course fee and 18X24 sketch pad required.

 

Animation
This semester class shows the students the history of animation before film. Students create their own fully functional animation machines. These devices existed as toys in the mid to late 1800's. The final product is a moving cartoon that students can take home. Students also learn about the biblical significance of each device. Open to grades 9-12. Pre-requisite Drawing 1. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com.  $2530ourse fee applies.


Painting I
This semester class exposes students to the incredible artwork of the 20th century. Students learn the different painting terms and techniques. Students learn about the major artists of the time period, and then are given an opportunity to create paintings in the style of that artist. Students also learn about the biblical significance of each artist’s work. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com.  Open to grades 9-12. Pre-requisite Drawing 1. $35 course fee applies.


Painting II
This semester class exposes students to the incredible artwork of the 17th through 20th century. Students learn the different painting terms and techniques. Students learn about the major artists of the time periods, and then are given an opportunity to create paintings in the style of that artist. Students also learn about the biblical significance of each artist’s work. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com.  Open to grades 9-12. Pre-requisite Drawing 1. $35 course fee applies.


Ceramics I
In this semester class students learn the important terminology, techniques, artists, and biblical historical significance of the work. Ancient Mesopotamian, Sumerian, and Babylonian cultures are studied. Students are given the opportunity to work on a potter’s wheel. Open to grades 10-12. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com.  Prerequisite Drawing 1. $35 course fee applies.

 

Ceramics II
This semester class inspires students to go beyond pottery. Students are shown how to create sculpture in the round, and other amazing creation types from all over the world. Students throw on the wheel Greek pottery that is historically accurate. All work relates to significant artists and time periods. Professional college-ready portfolio work is the goal. Open to grades 10-12. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com.  Pre-requisite Drawing 1, Ceramics 1. $35 course fee applies.



Digital Photography I  (Fulfills Technology credit requirements for graduation)
In this semester class students learn about the amazing history of photography, and then apply that new knowledge to taking their first artistic photographs. As students learn about a famous photographer they take pictures in the style of that artist. Students apply the principles and elements of design in every picture. Digital tools are learned and applied to each photograph. Open to grades 11-12. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com. Pre-requisite Drawing 1. Personal digital camera with memory card, with a suggested SD card size of one gig, required. $30 course fee applies.



Digital Photography II  (Fulfills Technology credit requirements for graduation)
In this semester class students will learn about  famous photographers, and techniques with shutter speed, F Stop, and Aperture settings, allowing students to take pictures in the style of advanced famous artists. Students work with combining multiple photographs into new original works of art. Students apply the principles and elements of design in every picture. Digital tools are learned and applied to each photograph. Open to grades 11-12. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com. Pre-requisite Drawing 1, Photography I. Personal digital camera with memory card, with a suggested SD card size of one gig, required. $30 course fee applies.



Glass Sculpture
In this semester class students learn how to create their own toys, figurines, and jewelry-making by working with ceramic clay, polymer plastics, resin encasing, and, finally, melting Italian Glass Rods into glass beads. Students work with open flame. Upon Instructor recommendation only, and if approved by the administration, the student will be allowed to take this class (with pre-requisite of Drawing I, Drawing II, and Ceramics I). See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com. Fee based on projects. $70 course fee applies.


Studio Art
The Goal of Studio Art is to prepare the student in the like-mindedness of Jesus Christ for successful interviews with major Colleges, Universities, Institutions, or job placement after graduation. The student's portfolio is a reflection of his/her faith, knowledge, skills, powers of observation, and understanding of self and the world around him/her.  This semester class allows honors art students the opportunity to take their favorite art subject to the next level. ACS Fine Art Students have been accepted into major Art Colleges at a national level and offered scholarships through this program. Students are allowed choose from any of the curriculum listed and create portfolio level work. College level projects are worked on and completed within the semester. If approved by the administration, the student work is displayed on school grounds. Professional college-ready portfolio work is the goal. See Aurora Christian Student Artwork on line at artsonia.com. Upon Instructor recommendation only,. Fee based on projects. $40 course fee applies.

 

All of these classes and the results can be seen at Artsonia.   http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=5681

Link to the National Standards Manual for Visual Arts;