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Mary Rogers
Visual Arts Department Chair
mrogers1@houstonisd.org

 

Contrary to popular belief colleges love art students! Add your work to your supplementary information section of your application to stand out from the crowd. Show that you are a balanced person as well as a brainiac and that you are able to build skills and develop projects over time to create a stellar finished product!

Bellaire High School offers the following Visual Art classes:    a

Art 1
Introduction to visual arts, design, and composition. Students will build basic drawing skills and learn how to use a variety of art materials and processes. (4.0 credit)

PreAP Art 1
For students with prior art experience. Introduction to visual arts, design, and composition. Students will build basic drawing skills and learn how to use a variety of art materials and processes. (5.0 credit)

PreIB Art 1
Instructor approval needed to enter course. Introduction to visual arts, design, and composition. Students will build basic drawing skills and learn how to use a variety of art materials and processes with an added emphasis  on art history combined with studio art. (5.0 credit)

Digital Graphics and Animation
First year course. Students will learn Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, & Flash programs. Mixture of tutorials designed to build skills and projects that give students the opportunity to make original designs while building both technical and design skills. Students should be familiar with basic computing. (4.0 credit)

Art 2-PreAP Photography
Introduction to Digital Photography and Photoshop. Prerequisite: Art 1 (5.0 credit)

AP Art 2D Design/Photography
Exploration and application of the Elements and Principles of Art to create strong visual compositions culminating in an AP 2D Design Portfolio in Photography. Prerequisite: PAP ART 2 Photography (5.0 credit)

ART 3 PreAP Photography
Project based curriculum integrating Art and Photography to create unique mixed media artwork. Prerequisite: AP Art 2D Design/Photography (5.0 credit)

Drawing and Painting
Students will explore a variety of subjects (landscape, figure, portrait, and still life) as well as 2D media including printmaking, collage, drawing, & painting. This course is directed towards skill building and art production. (4.0 credit)

AP & PreAP Drawing and Painting
Portfolio building course. Students will explore a variety of subjects (landscape, figure, portrait, and still life) as well as 2D media including printmaking, collage, drawing, & painting. This course is directed towards skill building and art production. Students will build a portfolio to be submitted to College Board for AP credit. (5.0 credit)

Jewelry 2
Students will work directly with metal learning how to join, sauder, and texture. Students will also learn basic stone setting. $35 lab fee/semester. (4.0 credit)

Jewelry 3 & 4
Students will work directly with metal learning how to join, sauder, and texture. Students will also learn basic stone setting. Once a basic skill set has taught in jewelry 2, students will have more freedom to choose their projects and pursue personal interests. $35 lab fee/semester. (4.0 credit)

Sculpture & PreAP Sculpture
Three dimensional work in a variety of media. Students will work extensively with clay and will also cover a variety of other sculpting and materials including paper, wire, styrofoam, and found object construction. (4.0 credit-regular; 5.0 credit-PreAP)

IB years 1, 2, & 3  
Open to all students who have successfully completed an Art 1 sequence and received instructor approval. A guided independent study of visual arts with a strong art history and written component as they relate to studio art. (5.0 credit)

AP Art History
Art history increasingly emphasizes understanding works in context, considering such issues as patronage and gender, as well as the function and effects of art as propaganda, historical narrative, iconography and more. Class will examine the existence of unique art styles as to periods of time, regional tendencies, thematic analysis, personal flourish and preferences. Students will analyze works of art that span across stylistic periods or regions from prehistoric to contemporary.

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