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Listed below are all of the visual art classes available to high school students:

Visual Arts 1

This fundamental art course is designed to teach the elements and principles of art through studio production. Techniques and materials used include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and digital technology such as animation and photography. Art history, criticism and philosophy are incorporated throughout the course. A sketchbook is required.

Visual Arts 2

This course allows for further development of skills learned in Visual Arts 1. Introduction of new media experiences is the basis for this course. Art history, criticism and philosophy will be incorporated throughout the course. A sketchbook and art show participation are required. (PREREQUISITE: C in Visual Arts 1)

Visual Arts 3 and 4

These courses allow for further development of skills learned in Visual Arts 2. Emphasis is placed on individual creativity and problem solving throughout media experiences. A sketchbook and art show participation are required. (PREREQUISITE: C in Visual Arts 2; C in Visual Arts 3)

Advanced Placement Studio Art
(Weighted 0.1 - Students must take the AP Exam and score at least a "3" to receive the 0.1 weight value)

The AP Studio Art course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students will create a portfolio which will address three major concerns that are constants in the teaching of art: (1) a sense of quality in a student's work; (2) the student's concentration on a particular visual interest or problem; and (3) the student's need for breadth of experience in the formal, technical and expressive means of the artist. (PREREQUISITES: B or better in Visual Arts 1 and 2 and department approval with submission of an application and sketchbook)

Digitial Studio Arts 1

This is an introductory course designed to expose students to artwork created through the use of a variety of digital media. Works will include digital art, digital photography and manipulated photography, stop-motion animation and digital films. Software used consists of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Garage Band, Photo Booth, iPhoto, and iMovie.

Digitial Studio Arts 2

This is an extension of the Digital Studio Arts course. It is designed for the student who is seriously interested in the development of art through the digital medium. Digital Arts extends the students use of the Macintosh as an art medium. Students will build their knowledge and skill through guided practice and independent exploration of digital photography, digital manipulated photography, animation, computer aided drawing and video. (PREREQUISITE: B- or better in Digital Studio Arts 1)


This study of civilizations through the arts traces the development of human cultures around the world. From ancient times through the present, architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater and the visual arts are all explored. Field trips to museums and performances are an integral part of the class.

Multicultural Applied Arts

Students will study different cultures through the craft media including ceramics (hand-building, wheel-throwing and slab construction), fibers (loom and non-loom weavings), metals (jewelry, enameling and sculptural) and glass (fusing and etching). Emphasis will be placed on production with historical background of functional versus non-functional.


This course introduces students to the fundamentals of clay as a three-dimensional art medium. Hand-building techniques, slab construction and wheel-thrown pottery will be emphasized. Various cultures of influence will be included. (Grade 12 only)

Governor Mifflin Middle School MR. JOHN ALTHOUSE, principal
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