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Art Program

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West Visual Art Program!
Scholarship total since 2014:  over $600,000!
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YEAR ONE:  To enter the program, register for Art I or Pre-AP Art I.
Option 1:  Art I is geared towards students who need to earn a fine arts credit to graduate.  Students can select from any fine arts program to fulfill this graduation requirement (band, orchestra, theatre, dance, guitar, floral design, or art).
Option 2:  Pre-AP Art I is tailored for students who are passionate about creating art and want to start on the track to take an AP Art class as an upperclassman, like AP Drawing, AP 2-D Design, and AP 3-D Design. 
Pre-AP Art students are required to compete in VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event) in the Spring.
YEAR TWO:  Students branch out into specialized areas. 
Year two of art involves developing creativity, techniques, knowledge of media, theme creation, and artist voice. 
All Art II, III, IV and AP Art students are required to compete in VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event) in the Spring.
Drawing II:  Exploration of drawing and dry media like graphite, colored pencils (Prisma), ink, pastel, water-soluble graphite and watercolor pencils, etc....
Painting II:  Exploration of watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint.
Ceramics II:  Exploration of high fire and low fire clay, glazes and underglazes along with wire and natural materials.
Sculpture II:  Exploration of paper, clay, wire, plaster, felt, glass, cardboard, wood, and much more.
Students should speak with their art teacher about the best path for them.
Drawing III and IV; Painting III and IV; Ceramics III and IV; and Sculpture III and IV.
AP Portfolio:  Instead of taking an exam, AP art students create a portfolio of art that is submitted to College Board for college credit.  Students can take AP Drawing, AP 2-D Design, and AP 3-D Design.
AP Portfolios are DUE May 11, 2018 at 8:00pm.
AP Drawing:  Drawing intense portfolio that showcases line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, illusion of depth, and mark making.  
AP 2-D Design:  2-D Design students have more creative freedom than AP Drawing because students can explore photography, digital media, printmaking, collage, encaustic, and fiber arts.  
AP 3-D Design:  3-D Design students create a portfolio of sculptures and other 3-D artworks.
It is never too late to take art! 
You do not have to be a freshman to enrolled in your first high school art class.
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Letterman Requirements:
  • Earn two scores of 4 at VASE
  • Place in an additional competition
  • Be enrolled in an Art II class or higher
  • Grade average of 80 or higher