Art Department

The BHS Art Department offers three different ways you can earn college credit!

The Art Department curriculum is aligned with National and State Visual Arts Standards and works to nurture the student’s ability to communicate visually and understand the meaning of images.   We offer AP Studio Art in three strands; Drawing/Painting, 2D Design and 3D Design, as well as UConn Drawing ECE just added this year!    There are a wide variety of electives to choose from!

Course Offerings:

Art Department Curriculum Map

2D-Design I

1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

This course focuses on the fundamentals of art. As our world is continually becoming more visual, this course will explore the communication skills used in conveying a message to the viewer. Students will learn how to incorporate composition, visual hierarchy, and the elements and principles of design and color theory into their artwork. Students will create both commercial and fine art using handbased media including, but not limited to: paper, printmaking, colored pencil, markers, pencils, paint, and mixed media.  No prior skills required. If a student has taken a Digital Art course and is thinking of pursuing the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio in the future, 2-D Design is recommended.

2D-Design II

HS05154G22 2D-Design II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: 2D-Design I

This course is an extension of 2-D Design I. It requires the student to apply the skills previously learned to problem solve different scenarios conceptually. Hand-based media continues to be explored utilizing the Elements and Principles. This course is a great pre-cursor for the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio.

Art Survey

HS05151G Art Survey
Full Year 1.00 Credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11 or 12

Art Survey is specifically intended for the beginning art student as it serves as an introductory course to all other courses in the Art Department. Students will have the opportunity to explore Drawing, Painting, Art History, Pottery, Design and Sculpture. No prior skills required.

The History of Symbolism in Works of Art: Scandal in the Studio

HS05152G The History of Symbolism in Works of Art: Scandal in the Studio
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11 and 12

The art world is all about intriguing visual communication, for instance through body language and eye contact. Artists are sensitive to details, subtleties, and the unspoken. This is an opportunity to take part in round table thematic discussions, applying decoding skills and uncovering clues/symbols, often unveiling scandalous stories of love, hate, hope, despair, hardship, and overall life, from multiple perspectives. Looking at situations or artworks from different points of view will give students the understanding to be more empathetic toward others, while developing their personal voice in the painting of the unique stories of their lives and/or artwork. Personal reflection and understanding of topics is encouraged through discussion. No prior experience required, just a sense of wonder and curiosity. Supporting hands-on activities and field trips will be part of the learning process. 

**AP Studio Art: 2-D Design , **AP Studio Art: 3-D Design, **AP Studio Art: Drawing/Painting

HS05171H2D **AP Studio Art 2-D Design
HS05171H3D **AP Studio Art 3-D Design
HS05172H **AP Studio Art Drawing/Painting
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades: 11 or 12

AP Studio Art is intended for motivated students who are interested in the study of art and the development of a portfolio. An AP portfolio consists of 12 works in a breadth section, 12 in a concentration of the student’s choice, and 5 quality pieces that could be pulled from either the breadth or concentration sections. It is the student’s choice to focus all 24 pieces in either: Drawing/Painting, 2-D Design or 3-D Design strands. Due to the fast nature of this course, it is highly recommended that students have prior knowledge in whichever strand they choose by taking those corresponding courses offered by the department. Students have the option of taking AP Studio Art in more than one strand in their Junior and Senior years. An exclusive AP Studio Art Show will take place in the spring to celebrate the students and their work. Students are encouraged to submit their portfolios to the College Board for college credit. Over the course of the school year, to encourage students to study art at the post-secondary level, colleges and universities known for their art programs will be invited to this class to discuss potential careers opportunities in the field of Art. In addition, it is recommended that students attend the National Portfolio Day to seek feedback on their artwork.

Drawing I

HS05156G12 Drawing I
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11 or 12

Drawing is thought to be at the root of all artwork, therefore this course serves as a great prerequisite for all other Art courses. Students will develop their skills of observation through line, proportion, composition, value, perspective, portraiture, and figure studies. No prior skills required.

Drawing II

HS05156G22 Drawing II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11 or 12

Prerequisite: Drawing I

This course serves as an extension of Drawing I in that the students will apply skills previously learned to problem solve different concepts.  Creativity through personal expression and composition is encouraged. Media as well as work size is explored. This course is a great pre-cursor for UConn Drawing ECE and AP Studio Art Drawing/Painting Portfolio.

**Honors UConn Drawing ECE

HS05156H **Honors UConn Drawing ECE
1 Year 1.00 credit
Grades: 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Drawing II

This class will explore the basic principles of the drawing process through careful observation of objects, their structure and the space that they occupy. Drawing entails an involvement of all the senses; it is a process of exploration, concentration, decision making, risk taking, learning and understanding relationships. We will cover the formal aspects of perspective, contour, composition, scale, form (organic and geometric), line, structure and value relationships. The objective of this course is to provide the basic skills, vocabulary and understanding of direct and accurate observational drawing as a process and language upon which you can develop, explore and expand.

Digital Art I

HS05162G12 Digital Art I
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

We live in a world driven by Digital Media. Digital Art I is about learning how to create Fine Art on the computer, as well as learning to understand how Commercial Art, its context and applications, are used to sell products and ideas in our world.  Students will be using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software to explore areas of digital collaging, retouching, illustration and digital mixed

media. Students will also explore the commercial aspects of Design such as the creation of a logo, advertising campaign, and working with client specifications. There will be an emphasis on composition, hierarchy and the usage of the elements and principles of design. No prior skills required.

Digital Art II

HS05162G22 Digital Art II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Digital Art I

Digital Art II is focused on exploring advanced ideas, themes, and concepts while building advanced technical skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of digital fine art, commercial art, and the dynamic usage of typography.  This course is a great pre-cursor for the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio.

Mixed Media

HS05155G12 Mixed Media
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Mixed Media explores the pulse of what is happening in Contemporary Art. Students will be mixing, layering, experimenting and combining techniques and processes using multiple forms of media at once: including but not limited to pencil, charcoal, watercolors, acrylics, ink, collage, photography, digital art, and incorporating sculptural elements, textures and found objects into their work. Students will be encouraged to find their personal voices and style, through developing artistic behaviors such as documenting thoughts, ideas, experiences, and the processes of their artwork in their sketchbooks. This course requires all students to purchase a 9x12” Mixed Media sketchbook. No prior skills required.

Painting I

HS05157G12 Painting I
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11 or 12

The joy of color is at the heart of painting and color theory. Different techniques such as washes, sponging, masking, etc., are practiced through studies based on observation as well as reference.  Students will work one quarter with watercolors and the other quarter with acrylics. Prior drawing skills are helpful, but not required.

Painting II

HS 05157G22 Painting II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11, or 12
Prerequisite: Painting I

This course serves as an extension of Painting I in that the students will apply previously learnedskills to problem solve different concepts. Creativity through personal expression and composition is nurtured. Watercolor and acrylics will both beexplored further. This course is a great pre-cursor for the AP Studio Art Drawing/Painting Portfolio.

Pottery I

HS05159G13 Pottery I
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Within this course, students will learn about the properties of clay and how to prepare it for use. This course will focus on hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab as well as introduce students to the potter’s wheel. Students will learn basic throwing skills and will create common forms on the wheel. Glazes and additional decorating techniques will be utilized. No prior skills required.

Pottery II

HS05159G23 Pottery II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Pottery I

The students will explore more advanced hand building and wheel throwing techniques, includingnon-traditional combined methods. The course will have a concentration on conceptual development and advanced glazing and decorative procedures.  Projects and class content will reference historical and contemporary ceramics.

Pottery III

HS05159G33 Pottery III
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Pottery II

This class is for the advanced student that is serious about furthering their pottery skills. A combination of elaborate hand building, wheel throwing and glazing techniques will be utilized for each project.  Students will be guided through the development of sophisticated concepts and designs.   This course is a great pre-cursor for the AP Studio Art 3-D Design Portfolio.

Sculpture I

HS05158G12 Sculpture I
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Students will design and create three-dimensional artwork using a variety of expressive media, including clay, cardboard, wood, wire and papiermâché.  Projects will explore art history while utilizing both additive and subtractive techniques to work in both relief and sculpture-in-the-round. A wide variety of sculptural procedures will be examined, including realistic, abstract, and nonrepresentational along with several finishing methods. No prior skills required.

Sculpture II

HS05158G22 Sculpture II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Sculpture I

Within this course, students will explore more complex areas of sculpture in greater depth, with special emphasis on conceptual and technical development. Projects and class content will reference historical and contemporary sculpture.  Traditional media, such as wood, wire, plaster, clay and stone may be utilized, as well as unconventional materials, such as cardboard, found objects, and recyclables. This course is a great pre-cursor for the AP Studio Art 3-D Design Portfolio.

Kathy Miller
Janet Galasso

 Art Department Website

  • AP Studio Art Course
  • UConn-ECE Drawing
  • Art History Course 
  • Digital Media Integration
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