Middle School Art Exploratory

This class is designed to allow students to explore a variety of artistic media and styles. Students will learn ways to express themselves and challenge their creativity. Through lecture, classroom exercises and projects students will be introduced to the visual element and the principles of design. Students will also learn about the four art disciplines; art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and art production.

Drawing and Seeing

You don’t need to know how to draw already- the whole point of this class is to teach you how to draw. This course is recommended for any student intending to take any other art courses. Emphasis will be placed on brain research and visual thinking modes. All students should have this course or Art Fundamentals prior to any other art course.

This class will introduce students to thinking visually, solving problems creatively, and expressing themselves in fresh, new ways. Drawing students will learn and exercise the five basic skills that make up the global skill of drawing; perception of edges, spaces, relationships, light and shadows, and gestalt. Emphasis will be placed on right-brain theory, concentration, extending attention-span and divergent thinking skills.

Drawing II

This course is for drawing students who would like to expand and improve their skills. Emphasis will be put on drawing from real life, including the human figure, the skeleton, and portraits. Figure Drawing students will hone and practice perception and drawing skills, and learn additional techniques. Students will experiment with a variety of drawing media including charcoal, conté, and pastel.


This course will explore a variety of painting media including watercolor, tempera, gauche, mixed media, acrylic and oil. Students will examine several different styles and techniques. Students may choose to purchase their own materials in addition to those provided by the school.

It is my hope that students will develop the skills necessary for “life long learning,” in art appreciation, creation and painting.


Ceramics will provide students with a conceptual and manual foundation in the field of ceramics. Students will learn the properties of clay, its preparation, hand and wheel techniques, surface design, firing methods, fundamental ceramic terms, principles of design and introductory ceramics history. Students will also be oriented in safe practices of the ceramic artist. Emphasis will be on developing skills appropriate to the beginning student for the purpose of creative expression and technical understanding of the clay as medium.

Independent Study Advanced Art (Painting II, Ceramics II, Drawing II or II, Photography II)

By permission only, recommended for Juniors or Seniors planning to major or minor in Art in college. Students work on a portfolio of works in a given media in consultation with the instructor.
A minimum of 7-10 works is required per quarter.

Additional Art Course Possibilities

2-Dimensional Design, Watercolor, Sculpture/3-D Art, Art History/Appreciation, Cartooning, Commercial Design/Illustration, Web-Programming/Design, Art Journalling/Therapy

Graphic Design

This course emphasize design elements and principles in the purposeful arrangement of images and text to communicate a message. They focus on creating art products such as advertisements, product designs, and identity symbols. Graphic Design courses may investigate the computer’s influence on and role in creating contemporary designs and provide a cultural and historical study of master design works of different periods and styles.

Digital Photography

An exploration of the fundamental principles, techniques and application of camera-based image making. Explores the techniques and applications of acquiring, manipulating and outputting digitized photographic images utilizing Adobe Photoshop.

Yearbook I

Students should be hard working, self-motivated, and responsible with immense school pride and interest in the well being of this school and the community. This will be a professionally run publication staff. The ‘Archive’ staff will make decisions about coverage and content, sell and distribute books, sell advertising, maintain finances, and gain experience and skills applicable in college and the work-force. The ‘Archive’ chronicles the academic school year of Boyer Valley Community Schools. Students need to be willing to contribute time outside of class for meetings and to ensure that all deadlines are met.

Students who enter the class second semester without having already taken and passed Yearbook I, will be responsible for the same Yearbook I academic work as well as pre-order sales.

Yearbook II, III

Students who continue in “Yearbook II” will devote more time to layout production and pre-order sales. 

Students who have completed a semester of each Yearbook I and II are given student-editorial status. These “Yearbook III” students are still expected to sell ads and pre-orders, but will focus primarily on production work. Yearbook III students are asked to assist and tutor Yearbook I & II students, and may be asked to complete more challenging projects for enrichment, assist with financial and business management, or help with the district newsletter and/or website.