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Visual Arts

Our art classes include studio work in a variety of media as well as instruction in art history and art appreciation. We offer honors art and AP art courses as well as classes in drawing, painting, graphic design, and sculpture. Runnels art students are regularly selected to exhibit their work in the annual “Real-Life Experience Juried High School Exhibition” at the Baton Rouge Gallery. In 2013 and 2015, the first-place winners were from Runnels. The art year goes out with a bang at Runnels with a huge, school-wide juried art show in the gym. It features more than 2,000 pieces of original artwork created by students in preschool through high school.

Courses include:

Junior High Art: Students will learn basic art techniques using a variety of media in order to increase their artistic abilities. No previous art experience is necessary.

Junior High Art (honors): Honors art students work with a variety of media improving their technical skills while learning to express themselves through art. Admission to class depends on portfolio submission. Students who are already in honors art do not need to submit a portfolio. Portfolio Requirements: A total of five pieces of artwork must be submitted. Three pieces may be works done in the classroom. Two pieces must be done outside of school. Of these two pieces one must be drawn from life (any medium) and one from imagination (any medium). Students new to Runnels will also need to meet with the honors art teacher. 

Art I: Art I is a study of the principles and elements of design and an introduction to different art mediums. Students will learn how to apply the elements and principles to their artwork and how to critique others' artwork according to these elements and principles.

Art II: Art II is a study of techniques. Students will study different techniques that artists use and will be able to develop their artwork using these techniques. Students will continue to apply the elements and principles of design that were introduced in Art I.

Art III: Art III will concentrate on developing the student’s individual style by incorporating what was studied in Art I and Art II. Students will be encouraged to work with different mediums and subjects.

Art I, II & III (honors): Honors art students work with a variety of media improving their technical skills while learning to express themselves through art. The class emphasizes and reinforces the use of the elements and principles of art while experimenting with colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, acrylics, pen and ink, collage, block printing, and clay. Acceptance into honors studio art classes requires the submission of a portfolio or permission of the instructor. Students are required to turn in a weekly observational drawing done outside of class.

Painting: In this beginner painting class, students will explore various painting techniques and work in a variety of media.

Studio Art AP–2D: This class is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. The primary objective for students in this course is to complete a portfolio according to the guidelines set by the College Board for Studio Art: 2D. Portfolios have three sections: Quality, Concentration and Depth. Students should be able to work independently and meet deadlines. Students are required to submit a portfolio of their work to the College Board in the spring.

Studio Art AP–Drawing: This class is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. The primary objective for students in this course is to complete a portfolio according to the guidelines set by the College Board.

Studio Art: Drawing. Portfolios have three sections: Quality, Concentration and Depth. Students should be able to work independently and meet deadlines. Students are required to submit a portfolio of their work to the College Board in the spring.

Fine Arts Survey: In this course, students study major works of art through slide reproductions. Emphasis is on major monuments of art in painting, sculpture, and architecture focusing on the social, political, and religious contexts in which the work was created. This class covers art made in the Western World from prehistoric times to the present. There is a quiz each Friday and a research paper final.

Media Arts/Graphic Design I: This introductory design course focuses on skills needed to structure and organize visual communications in a digital environment. Students will learn to think critically, make aesthetic judgments, and become familiar with a variety of tools and techniques used to produce work in the fields of graphic design, advertising, and illustration. This course introduces the basic principles and elements of graphic design, the history of graphic design, form/symbol development, typography, and digital editing. Provides practical experience in essential studio processes and procedures, critiques, and group discussions. Students will have access to the latest Adobe software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as well as access to computers and printing facilities where needed. Although project work will be done in the classroom, it is recommended that students taking this course have access to a home computer with internet capabilities for homework and study.

Media Arts/Graphic Design II and III: These courses are a continuation of Graphic Design I concepts with more in depth coverage of design techniques.

3-D-Sculpture Design: This course teaches the history of 3D art, the basic elements of art (line, form, value, shape, color and texture), and a variety of sculpture techniques such as modeling, carving, casting and construction to enable students to create three dimensional art. Students will learn how to define, analyze, and solve visual problems in 3-D as well as become familiar with art movements of the twentieth century. Students will learn to recognize internationally known, national, and regional artists and gain the experience to interpret their work.