OVERVIEW: ADVANCED ART--first year Advanced art only means you've already had Art I. Most of the direction and control over the kinds of projects a student does beyond Art 1 is student directed. In the first year beyond Art I students will be given a series of problems or issues. They will decide whether they work 2-dimensionally, three dimensionally, with installations, or through performance art. Students will spend their studio time planning and executing their pieces. They will be required to do more research than they have in previous classes and will need to write at least one artist's statement about their work as a whole or an individual piece. The sketchbook assignments for Advanced Art will most often be finished as homework. Sketchbooks will also be used by Advanced Art students to generate ideas and work out plans for their projects. Second (juniors or seniors) and third year (seniors) Advanced Art Students who have taken Art 1 and one year of Advanced Art will begin to work on a "body of work", in other words, individual pieces that relate to one another as a series or a theme. Students will do more research into contemporary, full time, artists in order to get a sense of how various artists work. They will be required to put together a show of their work as a final project, write an artist's statement explaining their process and their work, and present both to an audience. They will also be encouraged to make a digital recording of their work for future use. Artists who are taking their fourth years of high school art will be required to build a digital portfolio of their best work to send to colleges, art schools, or internship programs. All the work they do in the studio will need to be digitally recorded so that they can have options for their portfolio. If their final project is a major installation they will be asked to digitally record their process as well as the final project. Fourth year students will be required to put together at least one show of their work, write an artist's statement explaining their process and their work, and present both to an audience as well as a panel of "critics".
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