Visual Arts

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1, 2, 3, 4
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0 Prerequisite: None
(Humanities or Elective)
Does your new digital camera scare you? Conquer your fears and take control of your image! Learn how digital cameras operate. This course will cover camera operations, fundamentals of lighting, proper composition, making exposures and using Adobe Photoshop. Begin with black and white images and work your way into color images. Students will explore the potentials of computers and software in developing their imagery and ideas through the digital photography course at our visual arts high school.

DRAWING 1, 2
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester 2.0 Prerequisite: None
(Humanities or Elective)
Drawing is a course designed to offer students opportunities to create images from both observed and imaginary forms. Our Colorado Springs charter school students will learn the appropriate use of drawing tools and techniques to achieve the desired effects. Classroom activities will concentrate upon contour, gesture, and perspective drawings from life as well as the imagination. The art appreciation and the cultural aspects of art are incorporated into the course through various instructional resources and art production experiences.

GENERAL ART 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0 or 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Humanities or Elective)
During each semester at our visual arts high school, students will explore the elements of design. Learning techniques and processes related to a particular medium such as drawing or painting will be emphasized. That medium will be related to the particular element being investigated. Media used to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional work will include, but not be limited to, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The cultural and appreciative aspects of art will be incorporated into the course through various instructional resources and art production experiences. The art courses become more advanced as the student progresses through the series at CIVA, one of Colorado Springs top charter schools.

PAINTING 1, 2
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0 Prerequisite: None
(Humanities or Elective)
Painting 1,2 at our focused visual arts high school explores various painting techniques, elements of composition, and color concepts. Materials used for painting representational, expressive or abstracted images include, but are not limited to, tempera, watercolor, and acrylic. Fundamentals of composition, color, theory, and developmental skills will be emphasized. Art history will be incorporated into the course through aesthetics and criticism utilizing varied instructional media and resources. The painting courses become more advanced as the student progresses through the series.

VIDEO PRODUCTION 1, 2
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0
(Practical Arts or Elective) Film I is an introductory survey course that explores film history, the mechanics of film, and traces the process of filmmaking through the pre-production, production and post-production process. We will explore film through reading, writing, watching films and learning by hands-on experience. Discover film by taking video production at CIVA, an advanced visual arts high school.

ADVANCED VIDEO PRODUCTION 1, 2
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: Video Production
(Practical Arts or Elective)
Film II, offered at very few Colorado Springs charter schools, is an advanced course that explores film history, the mechanics of film, and traces the process of filmmaking through the pre-production, production and post-production process. We will explore film through reading, writing, watching films and learning by hands-on experience. This course places an emphasis on creating digital shorts and the non-linear editing process.