Art

To graduate Century High School, there is a Fine Arts requirement of  1.0 credit.

  • Please note that Drama will satisfy either an English elective or a Fine Arts credit, but not both.
  • One year of visual or performing arts is required for college entrance by Minnesota state universities.

Courses Offered:

Art I

In this introductory course, learn how to express ideas through painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking and mixed media. Develop skills and techniques as you explore your creativity using the Elements and Principles of Design. Use critical thinking skills to create, revise and view works of art. Learn how to define your thoughts and ideas about artwork and acquire an awareness of art throughout history.

Art II

In this intermediate course, students will continue to build on basic drawing and design skills. Learn many different creative strategies to develop original work and experience new art materials. Continue to explore the communicative properties of the visual arts. Learn to recognize and understand major art movements such as Impressionism, Cubism and Surrealism.

Art III

In this advanced course, gain new perspectives and learn to stretch the boundaries of your imagination. Continue to develop drawing and design skills. Learn creative strategies to develop original artwork and strengthen your artistic process and analytical skills. This studio experience will allow each student to concentrate on personal style and media preferences. Develop your portfolio. Gain an understanding and appreciation for professional artists and their work.

Graphic and Digital Design I

Graphic and Digital Design I is the introductory level course for students interested in learning how to create visual art utilizing drawing skills and technology. Learn how business and advertising is related to visual art and how to create effective designs based on the Elements and Principles of Design. Be introduced to the mechanics and tools of primary software programs used by graphic designers. Learn the basics of print media, typography, photo editing and digital painting. Work independently and collaboratively to develop technical and creative skills to complete various projects.

Graphic and Digital Design II

Graphic and Digital Design II is the intermediate level course for students interested in enhancing their skills. Learn how to create more professional and effective designs by developing an understanding of the mechanics and tools of additional software programs used by graphic designers. Learn about careers related to graphic design and the skills 38 (Final 11-2018) required to be successful in the industry. Work independently and collaboratively to enhance technical and creative abilities to complete various projects.

Ceramics and Sculpture I

In this introductory course, the student will design and construct sculptural art forms working with clay or mixed media;. Learn how to use the potter’s wheel to create simple forms; and create pots using slab and coil construction methods. Explore techniques for surface design, and glazing ceramics. Study different methods of firing. Learn about the cultural connections of ceramics and sculpture throughout history.

Ceramics and Sculpture II

In this intermediate course, the student will design and construct sculptural art forms working with clay or mixed media, refine skills using the potter’s wheel and develop advanced techniques in hand building. Create sculptural forms, functional sets and altered vessels. Explore traditional and alternative firing experiences. Acquire an awareness of cultural and historical styles in ceramic art.

Ceramics and Sculpture III

In this advanced course, gain a new perspective and learn to stretch the boundaries of imagination. Enhance hand building and wheel-throwing skills. Learn creative strategies to explore new methods and to develop original work. This studio experience will allow each student to concentrate on personal style and construction methods. Assist in daily kiln production. Gain an understanding and appreciation for professional ceramicists and their work.

Art 1110: Art Appreciation

This course is an introductory exposure to art and to ideas about art and its creation. We will discuss the nature and uses of art, explore the visual elements and principles of design, study a variety of art media and techniques, and examine major monuments and works of art from prehistoric through contemporary times. There will be a required museum activity as part of this course.

For more information on Art courses, recommended grade levels, and credit information review the:

Course Registration Guide