Visual Arts

CIVA Charter High School Visual Arts Classes

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1, 2
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0 Prerequisite: None
(Humanities or Elective)

With the invention of the camera phone, a world of photographers was born. But what is photography? What is its history? Why are there such diverse reactions to similar pictures? We will find the answers to these questions, and more, through an exploration of the history of photography, and hands-on learning opportunities. Students will work with a textbook and Adobe Photoshop to acquire the abilities to create inspiring images.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 3, 4
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0 Prerequisite: None
(Humanities or Elective)

Digital Photography II builds on what we learned in Digital Photography I, and adds the aspect of photojournalism. Students will learn about ethics in reporting and capturing images by studying real-world cases from smartphones to drones. We will also study media law, and how it applies to digital security, social media, sports, food, fashion, religion, publication, and copyright. Finally, each student will go out of the classroom to find newsworthy stories and report on them. All participants will showcase their best work at our in-house Arts Festival.

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.    

 

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