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    Visual Arts Courses

    Course: 451001 YR
    Art I: 2D Design & Drawing
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  451001
    YR
    Course Name: Art I: 2D Design & Drawing
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): NONE

    What's Next: Art II: 2D, Art II: 2D Honors, or Art II: 3D Honors

    Art I: 2D Design & Drawing introduces students to the elements and principals of art through a two–dimensional lens while learning a variety of media, concepts and techniques. This will include elements and principles of design, sequential techniques with drawing, painting, printmaking, low–relief sculpture, ceramics and digital media.Students practice skills, explore historical and cultural relevance, gain an understanding of creative expression and learn to respond and evaluate artwork through close observation using critical thinking. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs. This is a two–semester course in which students must take both semesters, in sequence, to meet the one year fine arts requirement.

    Course: 451031 YR
    Art I: 2D Design & Drawing Honors
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  451031
    YR
    Course Name: Art I: 2D Design & Drawing Honors
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): NONE

    What's Next: Art II: 2D, Art II: 2D Honors, or Art II: 3D Honors

    Art I: 2D Honors allows the student the opportunity to learn how to work with a large variety of materials. Honors Art I provides learning opportunities for students beyond those available in the regular Art I class by extending the state essential knowledge and skills through drawing, color study, painting, printmaking, technology, sculpture, and ceramics.The curriculum aligns with guidelines from the College Board and students learn what will be expected of them if they choose to participate in the AP Portfolio courses. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs. This is a two–semester course in which students must take both semesters, in sequence, to meet the one year fine arts requirement.

    Course: 452081 YR
    Art I: 3D Design & Sculpture
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  452081
    YR
    Course Name: Art I: 3D Design & Sculpture
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): NONE

    What's Next: Art II: 2D, Art II: 2D Honors, or Art II: 3D Honors

    Art I: 3D Design & Sculpture introduces students to the elements and principals of art through a three–dimensional lens learning additive and subtractive sculpture, ceramics, and digital work. Students will utilize drawing and painting techniques through the creation of three–dimensional objects.As an introductory course students practice skills, explore historical and cultural relevance, gain an understanding of creative expression and learn to respond and evaluate artwork through close observation using critical thinking. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.This is a two–semester course in which students must take both semesters, in sequence, to meet the one year fine arts requirement.

    Course: 456131 YR
    Art I: 3D Design & Sculpture Honors
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  456131
    YR
    Course Name: Art I: 3D Design & Sculpture Honors
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): NONE

    What's Next: Art II: 2D, Art II: 2D Honors, or Art II: 3D Honors

    Art I: 3D Design & Sculpture Honors allows students the opportunity to learn how to work with a large variety of materials. This course provides learning opportunities for students beyond those available in the on–level Art I class by extending the state essential knowledge and skills through a three–dimensional lens learning additive and subtractive sculpture, ceramics, and digital work.Students will utilize drawing, painting, sculpture and building techniques through the creation of three–dimensional objects. As an introductory course students practice skills, explore historical and cultural relevance, gain an understanding of creative expression and learn to respond and evaluate artwork through close observation using critical thinking.The curriculum aligns with guidelines from the College Board and students learn what will be expected of them if they choose to participate in the AP Portfolio courses. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs. This is a two–semester course in which students must take both semesters, in sequence, to meet the one year fine arts requirement.

    Course: 451501 YR
    Art and Media Communications I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  451501
    YR
    Course Name: Art and Media Communications I
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): NONE

    What's Next: Art and Media Communications II or any Art I and/or Art II course

    Art and Media Communications combines rigorous and relevant experiential study of modern, post–modern, and contemporary visual art and design with student learning in media literacy and technology applications. Creation and analysis of student artworks will be balanced with explorations into contemporary practices across the visual and commercial arts fields.Students will learn how to bridge traditional hand skills with current technology applications to create new media such as animations, digital images, multimedia presentation, digital video, websites, and interactive or site–based installations and performances. Furthermore, student work will culminate in a capstone project that investigates an issue relevant to the student and uses art, design, and visual communications to address a problem within the community or effect change.This project will afford students an opportunity to learn and practice creative research skills, develop a narrative, engage an audience, and connect an online community to their project. This is a two–semester course in which students must take both semesters, in sequence, to meet the one year fine arts requirement.

    Course: 452501 YR
    Art and Media Communications II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  452501
    YR
    Course Name: Art and Media Communications II
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Art and Media Communications I

    What's Next: Art III, AP 2D Art and Design, AP 3D Art and Design, AP Drawing, or AP Art History

    Art and Media Communications II builds upon the foundational skills taught in the Art and Media Communications I survey course and provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge of contemporary visual art and design practices with greater depth and complexity.Hands–on, experiential learning in visual art is interwoven with technology applications, media literacy, and the 21st century skills as students explore participatory media and the practice of trans media storytelling. Students learn how new media such as digital imagery, multimedia presentations, web videos, online and social media, virtual worlds, game designs, and animations intersect with contemporary art, specifically sculpture and installation art. Students create a large–scale, collaborative installation artwork and then contextualize and promote it though media extensions that produce immersive stories aimed at engaging audiences. By creating trans media stories about their installation, students expand both personal and collective narratives, deepen creative research skills, gain insight into messaging platforms, and build communities of interest. Students document their work in a professional–level digital portfolio that can be used in applications.

    Course: 452001 YR
    Art II: 2D Design & Drawing
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  452001
    YR
    Course Name: Art II: 2D Design & Drawing
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Art I: 2D or Art I: 3D

    What's Next: Art III, AP 2D Art and Design, AP 3D Art and Design, AP Drawing, or AP Art History

    Art II: 2D Design & Drawing is designed to spiral and expand on the Art I: 2D or Art I: 3D curriculum. Students will continue to explore a sequential study of drawing, color theory, painting, printmaking, technology and ceramics. Formal compositions will be completed in realistic, abstract, and non–objective styles. Students will build upon skills learned in Art I instruction in order to express big ideas with visual voice.Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.

    Course: 452031 YR
    Art II: 2D Design & Drawing Honors
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  452031
    YR
    Course Name: Art II: 2D Design & Drawing Honors
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Art I: 2D Design & Drawing Honors, Art I: 2D, or Art I: 3D

    What's Next: Art III, AP 2D Art and Design, AP 3D Art and Design, AP Drawing, or AP Art History

    The Art II: 2D Design & Drawing Honors curriculum is designed to spiral and expand on the Art I: 2D, Art I: 3D, or Art I: 2D Honors curriculum. Students will apply the elements and principles of art in all compositions to a greater proficiency than other Art II: 2D & Drawing students.Students grow their understanding of composition, design, drawing, painting, printmaking, technology, and ceramics with high expectations, as they continue reviewing requirements of the Advanced Placement examination. The curriculum follows guidelines from the College Board and students learn what will be expected of them for the AP Portfolio courses.Art II: 2D Design & Drawing Honors is recommended for students seriously looking at utilizing creativity and the visual arts in their future career. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.

    Course: 456201 YR
    Art II: 3D Design & Sculpture
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  456201
    YR
    Course Name: Art II: 3D Design & Sculpture
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Art I: 3D Design & Sculpture or Art I: 2D Design & Drawing

    What's Next: AP 3D Art and Design

    Art II: 3D Design and Sculpture is designed to spiral and expand on the Art I: 2D or Art I: 3D curriculum. Students will continue to explore a sequential study of relief, additive and subtractive sculpture, instillations, ceramics, and digital work. Formal compositions will be completed in realistic, abstract, and non–objective styles.Students will build upon skills learned in Art I instruction in order to express big ideas with visual voice. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.

    Course: 452061 YR
    Art II: 3D Design & Sculpture Honors
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  452061
    YR
    Course Name: Art II: 3D Design & Sculpture Honors
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Art I: 3D Design & Sculpture Honors or Art I: 2D, or Art I: 3D

    What's Next: AP 3D Art and Design

    The Art II: 3D Design & Sculpture Honors curriculum is designed to spiral and expand the Art 3D curriculum. Students will apply the elements and principles of art in all composition to a greater proficiency than other Art Sculpture students. Students grow their understanding of drawing, sculpture, ceramics, technology, and problem solving techniques with high expectations, as they continue reviewing requirements of the AP portfolio.The curriculum aligns with guidelines from the College Board and students learn what will be expected of them for the AP Portfolio courses. Art II: 3D Design & Sculpture Honors is recommended for students seriously looking at utilizing creativity and the visual arts in their future career. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.

    Course: 455001 YR
    Unified: Visual Arts
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Course ID:  455001
    YR
    Course Name: Unified: Visual Arts
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Application Process

    What's Next: NONE

    Unified Visual Arts is an inclusive course that allows students to work collaboratively to learn the Visual Arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. This success–oriented course for students with special learning needs and general education peers. General education students will support a peer with special learning needs to work through the creative/artistic process to produce art that allows for discovery and expression.Students who would like to be a supporting artist will be required to submit an application and attend training upon their acceptance into the course. Training will prepare the general ed. support artist to be successful in their mentor role. Initial training will include confidentiality, cueing, prompting, and positive reinforcement and will continue throughout the semester with mini–sessions.Unified Art is focused on building independence, community, empathy, management skills, and artistic growth in a visual art learning environment for students of all levels. Unified Art emphasizes leadership skills in making connections in a partnership that may appeal to future educators, counselors, healthcare workers, or career coaches and advocates. Please see a counselor or art teacher about the application process.

    Course: 456351 YR
    AP 2D Art and Design (2 hour block)
    Credit: 2
    Grade: 11, 12
    Course ID:  456351
    YR
    Course Name: AP 2D Art and Design (2 hour block)
    Credit: 2
    Grade Placement: 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Art I: 2D or 3D

    What's Next: AP 3D Art and Design, AP Drawing, or AP Art History

    AP 2D Art and Design is an advanced studio course for the college–bound and career–oriented student. It is designed for talented art students who wish to pursue college–level studies while in high school. Emphasis will be on advanced drawing and painting styles, 2–D design, color study, and digitally created art. Students will develop portfolios, consisting of two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works, which fulfill current College Board requirements.This is a two–hour class. Students receive two credits, 1 AP credit and 1 honors credit. This course prepares the student to take the AP exam. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.

    Course: 456371 YR
    AP 3D Art and Design (2 hour block)
    Credit: 2
    Grade: 11, 12
    Course ID:  456371
    YR
    Course Name: AP 3D Art and Design (2 hour block)
    Credit: 2
    Grade Placement: 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Art I: 2D or 3D

    What's Next: AP 2D Art and Design, AP Drawing, or AP Art History

    AP 3D Art and Design is an advanced studio course for the college–bound and career–oriented student. It is designed for talented art students who wish to pursue college–level studies while in high school. Emphasis will be on advanced sculpture, ceramics, and three–dimensional design. Students will develop portfolios, consisting of two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works, which fulfill current College Board requirements.This is a two–hour class. Students receive two credits, 1 AP credit and 1 honors credit. This course prepares the student to take the AP exam. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.

    Course: 454051 YR
    AP Drawing (2 hour block)
    Credit: 2
    Grade: 11, 12
    Course ID:  454051
    YR
    Course Name: AP Drawing (2 hour block)
    Credit: 2
    Grade Placement: 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Art I: 2D or 3D

    What's Next: AP 2D Art and Design, AP 3D Art and Design, or AP Art History

    AP Drawing, a two–hour class, is an advanced studio course for the college–bound and career–oriented student. It is designed for talented art students who wish to pursue college–level studies while in high school. Emphasis will be on drawing, in methods such as graphite, charcoal, painting, and printmaking. Students will develop portfolios, consisting of two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works, which fulfill current College Board requirements.This is a two–hour class. Students receive two credits, 1 AP credit and 1 honors credit. This course prepares the student to take the AP exam. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.

    Course: 454071 YR
    AP Art History
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11, 12
    Course ID:  454071
    YR
    Course Name: AP Art History
    Credit: 1
    Grade Placement: 11, 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): NONE

    What's Next: NONE

    The aim of the course is to introduce students to the rich traditions of western and non–European architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms through factual knowledge and the skillful use of principles of aesthetics and comparative criticism. Students will learn how to respond to works of art with intelligence and sensitivity, examining the major forms of artistic expression of the past and of distant cultures as well as those of their own time and environment.Students may earn college credit by passing an exam written by the College Board. This course prepares the student to take the AP Art History exam. Additional supply fees may be associated with this course; however, Plano ISD will take steps to ensure that costs will not prevent access to programs.