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Fine Arts

Welcome to the Art Department at Murrow!
We encourage all students to take as many art classes as they can while they are in high school. Check out some of the exciting courses we offer!


A one semester course which will offer some if not all of the following: basics of painting by creating two dimensional designs using line, color, shape, texture, and pattern.  Emphasis is on the principles of design, color theory, and basic painting skills using a variety of media. (this satisfies one credit for graduation requirements in art)
Basics of perspective drawing, analyzing designs.  Students may also explore the basics of drawing, anatomy, ratio and proportion, storytelling, comic strip development, caricature, and the art of story boards. In the digital version of the class, all of the above will be covered through an introduction to Adobe Suite.


Students will be introduced to the world of fashion by developing an original "croqui" fashion figure and learning how clothing is constructed. Various collars, necklines, sleeves and skirt styles will be explored as students develop a seasonal line of clothing. Final sketches will be rendered using professional markers. A fashion "diary" will be kept during all four cycles.  As students progress, they will develop lines of clothing including evening and casual wear. Primary research of historical garments will be used as a source of inspiration. Various media such as colored pencils and watercolor paints will be used to render finished designs. The work of past and current designers will be explored as well.  Students will also design a line of accessories and will create an actual shoe or bag based on their design. (Elective)


Students will survey materials and techniques used by classical and contemporary painters. Students will work with water based mediums such as ink washes, watercolor and gouache, to develop an understanding of values, color theory and a range of painting techniques. The course introduces traditional subject matter such as still-life, landscape and contemporary design motifs. Students are encouraged to build on their strengths and will complete a number of finished pieces. (Pre-requisite- MUST HAVE COMPLETED AND PASSEDART STUDIO) 




Students will be exposed to a variety of forms of animation. Through hands on projects, students will experience the production of different forms and techniques of animation, including, traditional Frame-by-Frame Animation, 2d computer software animation, Adobe Flash, Stop Motion/Claymation. Students will also be looking at an overview of the technical and historical evolution of animation to help you understand and appreciate the art as well as give you a foundation for pursuing animation as a career.


Seniors will learn the fundamentals of ceramics and pottery through techniques such as pinch, coil and slab. Students will learn about greenware, bisqueware and glaze. Open only to SENIORS during the second semester of the school year.


The following classes are only for screened students or students who have been approved:
(Screened Art Freshmen/Permission Only)
Learn to observe and draw the world around you using a variety of graphic media such as pencil, ink, charcoal, wash, etc. This course includes observation and practical techniques that will improve your proportions, representation of form, and composition. Advanced drawing assignments include the application of color theory, interpretation of subject matter, and development of individual style using media such as colored pencils, pastel and/or watercolor. During the second half of the year, students will learn about Graphic Design. Graphic Design teaches students to communicate an idea through the use of visual symbols. Students solve design problems using positive/negative space, balance, repetition, proportion, emphasis and movement.
(Screened Art Sophomores/Permission Only)
Students will learn the proportions, gestures, anatomy, and form of the human figure as they work from a model in a variety of black and white media such as pencil, charcoal, conte crayon and ink.
(Screened Art Sophomores/Permission Only)
This course focuses on preparing screened art students to keep their works digitally. They will work on Adobe Suite to upload, manipulate and save photos of their work while preparing to create a website of their art. Elements and principles will be applied to projects ranging from media publications, digital presentations, and web ready graphics, sound, animation and video.
SCULPTURE (1 semester course)
(Screened Art Juniors/Permission Only) 
Students will create 3 dimensional pieces in clay, paper, wood and other materials. Additive and subtractive techniques will be covered along with art history. Students will be using all tools and materials associated with various sculptural techniques.
PAINTING STUDIO (2 semester course)
(Screened Art Juniors/Permission Only) 
Students will explore acrylic, oil or watercolor painting techniques while working on a still life. They will continue their painting explorations while painting a variety of subject matter in a variety of sizes and surfaces. Students are encouraged to build on their strengths and work independently as well as in class. 
ADVANCED STUDIO ART (1 semester course) 
(Screened Art Juniors/Permission Only)
Students will work in a self made sketch book which will contain concepts and ideas on a variety of projects in a variety of media. In addition, the sketch book will serve as a spring board for the students to begin to assemble their portfolios for college admission. Open only to juniors who have completed a minimum of 2 years of art courses, or by permission of the Assistant Principal/Fine Arts. 
AP 2D ART STUDIO (PORTFOLIO- 2 semester course) 
(Screened Art Seniors/Permission Only TWO SEMESTERS)
Students will work on a variety of projects in different media in order to assemble a portfolio for admission into an art college or for one's own personal satisfaction. Each student's strengths and weaknesses will be assessed with the goal of developing a well rounded portfolio showing numerous skills. Students will learn the process of photographing for portfolio, matting art work, presentations and interview skills. Students will work one on one for the art college selection process as well as scholarship possibilities. Open only to juniors or seniors who have completed a minimum of two years of art courses or by permission of the Assistant Principal/Fine Arts. Offered during first semester ONLY. 
CERAMICS (1 semester course) 
(Screened Art Seniors/Permission Only FIRST SEMESTER ONLY)
This Ceramics course is specifically designed for SCREEND ART SENIORS ONLY. Screened seniors will learn the fundamentals of ceramics and create pottery, vessels, jewelry, etc, through techniques such as pinch, coil and slab. Students will learn to glaze bisqueware  The potter's wheel will be introduced if time allows. Open only to SCREENED ART SENIORS during the first semester of the school year.
ART HISTORY (1 semester course)
(Screened Art Seniors/Permission Only OFFERED SECOND SEMESTER) 
After a two (2) week introduction to the world of art, students will explore the history of art from prehistoric times through early Christian and Byzantine Art. During the second half of the class, Middle Ages through the art of the 19th century is covered. The course includes at least one museum trip, films, and powerpoint presentations. This is not a hands-on course and there is no prerequisite, however you will need permission from the A.P. of art, unless you are a screened senior. This course is required for students taking the 3 year comprehensive exam in art.