• ART 

    Courses in the Arts expose students to complex learning skills that they cannot receive in any other area of study.  They present students with the opportunity to critically think, examine and process information.  These valuable skills develop and foster students’ problem solving abilities in a capacity that employers seek out.  Lancaster High School offers art courses that will prepare students for career choices in the arts after high school such as  architect, graphic designer, advertising designer, medical illustrator, fashion illustrator, web designer, art conservator, jeweler, ceramic artist, professional photographer, and many others.  We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of art courses here at Lancaster.  Use this wonderful opportunity, when selecting your course schedule, to take advantage of our exceptional program.

  • STUDIO IN ART

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    6130         Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                1 credit          
     
    This course covers the fundamentals of the visual arts. These fundamentals provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to further explore the linkage between art production, art history and aesthetics and art criticism. Students participating in this course will explore eight main units:  The Language of Art, How Artists See the World, Creativity and Imagination, Living with Art/Art as Design, Art as Self Expression, Art Tells a Story, Art and Religion/Meditation, and Art and Social Change. The course is aligned with the New York State Standards for the Visual Arts. Students have an opportunity to explore a variety of media as they learn to develop skills, techniques and understanding, which are essential in the visual arts. Hands on studio experiences parallel course content and provide practical application of key concepts.  Forming the core of the Art program, Studio in Art is required for a sequence. Can be taken by 11th & 12th graders who need an Art credit to graduate.
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  • DESIGN & DRAWING FOR PRODUCTION I (DDP in Art)

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    6115       Grades 9, 10, 11, 12         1 credit 
     
    This course is an introduction to a universal graphic language where the student can begin to express ideas with creativity, clarity and exactness.  Students learn the skills needed in the areas of technical equipment use: lettering, orthographic projections, dimensioning, geometric constructions and isometric drawings.  In the second semester, students refine their skills in technical drawing and learn to use these skills in combination with creative problem solving.  The syllabus emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making processes by requiring students to examine past solutions, expand on learned technical drawing processes, experience design techniques and become critically active in evaluation of personal work and that of others.
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  • DRAWING & PAINTING

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    6112         Grades 10, 11, 12         1 credit       Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art
     
    This in-depth course continues where Studio in Art left off, concentrating primarily on drawing and painting.  Exploration of media and techniques is emphasized.  Students are encouraged to find personal answers to art problems using skills and techniques acquired in the course.  The course is designed to foster deeper understanding of art practices.  Art criticism and art assessment help the student to appreciate their own and others’ achievements.
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  • ILLUSTRATING & CARTOONING

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    6109         Grades 10, 11, 12         1 credit         Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art
     
    This course is for students that love comics, cartoons and the illustrations found in magazines and children’s books.  It is designed for students who want to discover what makes particular cartooning and illustration styles unique and popular, and how to develop works of art with the same excitement and fun.  Students must be willing to push beyond their own existing styles and try things that they have never done before.  Students will focus primarily on character design and storytelling, and create a variety of artworks demonstrating these skills.
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  • STUDIO IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

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    6111            Grades 10,11,12            1 credit         Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art

    Students will explore the areas of art and graphic design as a vehicle for visually communicating their ideas to others, with emphasis on creativity.  Students will use a variety of conventional art materials as well as the computer to develop creative solutions, and will gain hands-on experience on Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to explore their applications as an art medium.  Areas explored will include: illustration, logo design, layout, lettering and ad design.  Later in the year, projects will build in complexity and encompass package design, ad campaigns, and career and college opportunities.  Students may have the opportunity to earn college credit through Erie Community College.

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  • CERAMICS I

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    6113        Grades 10,11,12        1/2 credit          Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art 

    Are you the kind of person who loves to work with their hands?  Are you the person who loves craft projects?  Then Ceramics I is for you!  Clay is one of the oldest and most fun craft materials around.  That may explain why people have been choosing careers in clay for centuries.  There are millions of ways clay is in our everyday lives.  In this class, you will be using the potter’s wheel, creating functional as well as sculptural art out of clay and experimenting with all types of handbuilding.  As the finishing touch you will use a variety of glazing techniques.  So come join the class and find out what being a mudpuppy means.
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  • CERAMICS II

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    6223         Grades 10,11,12         1/2 credit          Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art AND Ceramics I
     
    The clay is calling you back!  So don’t ignore it.  In Ceramics II you will become an experienced potter and further develop your skills using clay.  Projects will once again be a mix of functional and sculptural with a chance to really concentrate on your favorite building techniques.  Students who prove their clay mastery will be in the running to compete in the annual Clay Olympics at Buffalo State College.
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  • PHOTOGRAPHY I

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    6118         Grades 10,11,12        1 credit          Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art 

    In the first semester of this course, students will learn basic applications of photography as an art form.  Composition, single lens reflex camera, digital photography, black/white film developing, printing, enlarger, and presentation are the focus.  Classwork will also include field trips for idea development, darkroom processing, photo enhancement and alteration techniques.  In the second semester, the course will cover a deeper, more specific and detailed understanding of the mechanics of photography.  Traditional and digital photography will continue to be explored, along with lighting and layout/design applications.  Field trips will provide a new visual stimulation, sense of perception and focal awareness.  Students will be encourages to assemble a photography portfolio and enter local photography exhibits and art shows.  Students will need their own camera.
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  • PHOTOGRAPHY II

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    6243      Grade 11, 12         1 credit           Prerequisite:  Photography I
     
    This course will tie into Photo I.  We will begin by reinforcing the last semester of Photo I with higher end techniques of computerized photography.  We will learn how photography connects the world through the research of International Photographers.  We will work in the darkroom from our film assignments based on higher end photography.  Field trips will be used to visually stimulate student interest.  Professional speakers will add awareness to career opportunities and professions in the diverse field of photography.  Student work will be entered into local photo exhibits and art shows.  Students will finish their high school photo career with a professional computerized and traditional portfolio. These can be used to apply to the college of choice.
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  • JEWELRY I

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    6122         Grades 10,11,12         1/2 credit       Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art
     
    Clay, beads, pendants, findings, hemp, earrings, wire, rings… Find out how to create fabulous pieces of exquisite artful jewelry that will make all of your friends jealous.  In this class you will learn a variety of basic jewelry construction techniques and use many different materials.  The end result will be skills you can use anywhere and the confidence to go with them.
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  • JEWELRY II

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    6123         Grades 10,11,12        1/2 credit                      Prerequisite:  Studio in Art or DDP in Art AND Jewelry I
     
    Metalsmithing, cutting metal, soldering, polymer clay, necklaces, bracelets, enameling, earrings… Learn how your favorite jewelry stores create one of a kind creations.  In this class you will be cutting your own metal to use for enameled pendants, creating a ring using the lost wax casting process and many other advanced jewelry techniques.  Lab fee with this class based on student choice of materials.
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  • PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

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    6119               Grade 11, 12            1 credit              
    Prerequisite:  Must have credit for Studio in Art or DDP in Art AND Drawing & Painting
     
    This course ties together the student’s previous art education experiences.  It is designed for the highly motivated student, who is serious about the study of art.  It allows students to further explore areas of interest and to critically look at their own work and works of others.  Students develop a journal/sketchbook that becomes a personal resource for new work.  Preparation and presentation is ongoing as students assess works to be included in a final portfolio.  
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  • INDEPENDENT STUDY

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    6230/6236               Grade 11,12           1/2 credit      
     
     Prerequisites: Must be taking or have taken Portfolio Development. Contract with permission of Teacher, Principal & Counselor

    The Independent Study provides an opportunity for advanced students to work one on one with a specific teacher to develop work in a particular area.  This venue is chosen when a student shows strengths and interests that go beyond the prescribed curriculum, and are personally motivated to work independently.
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