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Visual Arts (Beginning): Art I

This is an introductory course for students interested in taking art. It provides intensive work with various drawing skills and media while introducing students to the basic vocabulary of art and design. Specific topics covered include drawing, color, architecture, painting, photography, graphics, printmaking and sculpture.

Student Testimonial: “I learned many techniques, art forms, and art styles to help me better structure my art when I’m creating it – instead of just going in with absolutely no idea about what I’m doing. I really appreciated that my art teacher was as helpful as she was; from her funny and in-depth assignment feedback, to being able to contact her through various ways (text, email, call), to her being accommodating with deadlines if something should come up, and to her having so many resources available for extra credit, help, and learning opportunities. She really knows what she’s talking about and it was a great class.” –Ashlyn, senior

NOTE: This course or its face-to-face equivalent is the prerequisite for Digital Photo 1 & 2, the Art of Game Design, Visual Journaling, Art of Persuasion, and Videography.

Artwork by Abby
Summer 2015 – Balance and Texture


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Visual Arts (Intermediate): Art II

Art II builds on the student’s technical skills and foundation of knowledge developed in Art I. The study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, and art history continues in Art II in a less teacher-directed situation.

Various art processes, procedures, and theories are presented in a problem-solving manner which allows for independent choices and personal solutions to problems. The approach to art experiences is less experimental and based more on informed choices. Student research of art and artists is a major source for gaining knowledge and understanding of past and present art forms. A greater flexible and fluent use of the elements of art and principles of design, color, theory, and vocabulary is stressed in Art II.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Visual Arts (Beginning), formerly Art I, is REQUIRED.

Artwork by Miranda O.
2015 – Acrylic Landscape Painting


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Visual Arts (Intermediate): The Art of Advertising

How does advertising influence our behavior? In this course, you will learn about creative concepts, visual design, psychology, and other advertising basics – all of which are important aspects in communicating a message and selling a product. Class projects include designing magazine and billboard ads, photography, product packaging, and a final project in which you create an ad campaign. Use this class to build your portfolio and learn persuasive skills that every ad designer should know. This course has been created in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art, with funding provided by a grant from Wells Fargo.

Student Testimonial: “I decided to take Art of Advertising because, honestly, I was looking for more art classes online and I was interested in learning about advertising in a way that I could be actively involved. I have learned different ways to market my art to a more specific audience, I have also learned how to observe a work of art for it true meaning. I appreciated how willing my online art teacher was to work with me with late assignments while I was sick. This online class helped me make friends with students from other states by being able to interact with them to make each of our own art better.” –Alisha

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Visual Arts (Beginning), formerly Art I, is REQUIRED.

Artwork by Vicky T.
Summer 2015 – CD Cover Design


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Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate):
The Art of Photography

Explore digital photography techniques and learn to enhance your images with photo editing software in this studio-based class. Through weekly photography projects combined with critiques and class discussions, you will examine the technical aspects of your work and discuss your work in personal and meaningful ways. Course topics will include composition, the elements and principles of design, and art history. This course has been created in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art, with funding provided by a Wells Fargo Grant.

Student Testimonial: “I love photography. I had previously taken Art 1, and I learned so much from that class that I knew I would learn what I wanted to know about photography if I took Photography 1. I knew this class would help me develop the techniques and skills I needed, and I wanted to be able to take extraordinary pictures. I have learned so much in this course about what makes a great photo a great photo. I learned so many techniques and skills like depth and perspective and saw how they could change a photo. I also learned that changing the aperture and lens speed can help capture a focused photo with a blurry background, which is something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do. One thing I appreciated about my online art teacher is how descriptive and caring she is. I appreciated her giving helpful hints and extra credit opportunities. I also appreciated her giving us the flexibility to be creative with our work instead of having to do everything one way. This course allowed me to be able to make friends with students from other parts of the state because we were able to interact. The discussion forums allowed me to be able to see other people’s work, as well as them see mine. We were able to discuss it, and I loved interacting this way with my peers. This course has people from all over North Carolina as students. I loved seeing the pictures of the beach that some of my fellow classmates would post.” –Brianna, sophomore

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Visual Arts (Beginning), formerly Art I, is REQUIRED.

Photograph by Dylan J.
Summer 2015 – Surface Texture


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Visual Arts Specialization (Proficient):
Advanced Digital Photography

This course is for students who are interested in pursuing a more advanced study of digital photography. Through a series of projects and critiques, students will expand their technical abilities and explore their own personal aesthetic. Content, form, aesthetics, technical issues around processing, file formats, controlling exposure, and special effects techniques will be covered.

Digital Photography II students will explore in-depth the techniques and applications of acquiring, manipulating and outputting digitized photographic images utilizing Adobe Photoshop, GIMP Photo-editor (free application that students can download from the internet), or similar program. The study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, and art history continues in this advanced level course. Through weekly critiques and presentations, students will examine the technical aspects of their work including composition, lighting and shadow.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Visual Arts (Beginning) AND Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): Art of Photography is REQUIRED.

Photograph by Gabriella M.
Summer 2015 – Landscape: Time and Place


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Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate):

The Art of Game Design

This multimedia course teaches the basic elements of designing digital (video) games and non-digital (board/card) games. Using works of art from the North Carolina Museum of Art as catalysts for learning, you will explore game purpose and structure as well as character and story development. Other topics will include the history of games, games from around the world, and troubleshooting common obstacles in game design. This course has been created in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art, with funding provided by a Wells Fargo Grant.

Student Testimonial: “I took this art course online because I was extremely interested in the subject of game design and my former online classes have all been wonderful experiences!I learned that it’s very important to start a draft and get a layout of your ideas and art before creating your game or art. I love my online teacher because he’s super funny and extremely helpful!! He added fun little activities within the modules that make the class so much fun!! I also look forward to the survey questions every week during live class!! This online course actually helped me make a friend with someone who lives in my town!! We became partners in class, and while we were talking I found out that she is also going to the same college for the same major as me!!! I love all the connections I’ve made through this class, and I’m also so happy that this class proved to be a safe place where I can share my ideas and collaborate with others.” –Kendra, senior

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Visual Arts (Beginning), formerly Art I, is REQUIRED.

Artwork by Frances K.
Summer 2015 – Sports Montage


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Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): The Art of Fashion

Do you have a passion for fashion? In this course, you will explore the artistic process of fashion design and learn how design concepts evolve over time. Drawing on inspiration from prehistoric to contemporary fashion and art, you will learn to plan and create your own fashion designs.

You will be introduced to various types of patterns, fabrics, materials, and drawing techniques that will help you develop your vision as an emerging fashion designer. This course has been created in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art, with funding provided by a grant from Wells Fargo.

Student Testimonial: “I decided to take this art course because I thought I would learn a lot and find it interesting, which I do! I learned how to make my style my own and take inspiration from outside sources to help me make an amazing design. My online teacher gives great feedback to my work and always gives constructive criticism. I have spoken to my classmates and sometimes notcie that we have some things in common, which is cool. Also, some of us actually get in contact with each other and talk about why we are in the class and things we like to do and don’t. I think it’s nice communicating with people all over the state.” –Kharyzma, senior

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Visual Arts (Beginning), formerly Art I, is REQUIRED.

Artwork by Andrea G.
Summer 2015 – Client Design Project



Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): The Art of Videography

What makes a compelling video? In this class, you will get hands-on experience developing, producing, and editing videos. You will work collaboratively and individually to hone your skill as a videographer, scriptwriter, director and storyteller to create original videos. Drawing on inspiration from the collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art, you will also develop creative and critical thinking skills as you engage with influential works of art. This course has been created in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art, with funding provided by a Wells Fargo Grant.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Visual Arts (Beginning), formerly Art I, is REQUIRED.

Artwork by Ketsana T.
Summer 2015 – Art Inspired Storyboard





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Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): Visual Journaling

Visual Journaling is a way to record one’s experiences, thoughts, life journeys, and our inner, visual world. Exploring the connection between the written word and the important imagery and symbolism of our life can allow us to better articulate and express who we are. This course will explore the history of the visual journal and will guide students through weekly art-making experiences in their own visual journals. Students will be exposed to many important and influential contemporary visual journal artists. Students will be required to keep a visual journal and to have access to a variety of techniques and mixed media including but not limited to paint, markers, glue, paper, and a camera for uploading weekly photos of their work.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Visual Arts (Beginning), formerly Art I, is REQUIRED.

Artwork by Kelsey H.
Summer 2015 – Altered Book


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Visual Arts Specialization (Beginning): Non-Western Art History

This course introduces Non-Western cultural perspectives. Emphasis is placed on, but not limited to, African, Asian, and Oceanic art forms throughout history.

Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an historical understanding of art as a product reflective of Non-Western social and cultural development.

Prerequisites: None. No prior experience in art history is required.

Middle school students will receive middle school credit only for this course.

Artwork by samrtk licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Chinese Dragon”





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Visual Arts Specialization (6-8): Middle School Art

The Middle School Art course is designed to be a broad overview of the visual arts. Topics include the art of Western and Non-Western cultures and the history of art.

The course will cover specific art processes to include, but may not be limited to, drawing, painting, printing, architecture design, photography, digital design, games, and sculpture. Careers in art will also be explored.

Prerequisites: None. This course is not a prerequisite for any Intermediate level courses. Students will still need to take Visual Arts (Beginning), formerly Art I, to continue to Intermediate level courses.

Middle school students will receive middle school credit only for this course.


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Visual Arts Specialization (6-8): Middle Discovering Photography

Discover the art of digital photography! This beginner-level course will introduce you to basic digital camera techniques, photo composition, and image-editing software. Through weekly photo projects and interactive class discussions, you will learn to speak the “language of art” and gain a deeper understanding of self-identity, visual storytelling, and your connection to the people and places around you. North Carolina photographic artists will share their images and experiences throughout this course, offering helpful tips to ignite your creative spark. This course has been created in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art, with funding provided by the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Prerequisites: None. No prior photography experience is required.

Middle school students will receive middle school credit only for this course.


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Advanced Placement Art History

Advanced Placement Art History is a year-long course that requires a 90-minute daily class amount of time. Also, students need to spend time working at home a minimum of 30 minutes daily on the textbook readings, class discussions, assignments, and tests. Art is the reflection of the time, place, and people that produced it. The AP Art History course is designed to provide the same benefits to you as high school students that are provided by an introductory college art history course—those being an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, and other art forms within their historical and cultural context. During the course we will examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. Students will learn to look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to analyze what you see. All students successfully completing the AP Art History course should gain an in-depth knowledge of the subject, as well as form disciplined study habits that can contribute to continued success at the college level. The course requires a high degree of commitment to academic work and to the purposes of a program designed to meet the college standards. For the latest information and services available go to http://www.collegeboard.org/AP

Prerequisites: No prior experience in art history is required. Students should be strong in academic courses. Strong studio art skills are not necessarily a predictor of success in this course. In general juniors and seniors in high school are best suited in terms of breadth of education—history, language arts and foreign language depth and success is a good predictor. In order to be successful in AP Art History, students will need general computer knowledge and Internet access.