Art courses allow students to recreate the world in a unique visual way, making room for the mind to grow, to relax and to create. In this hectic, crazy and stress-filled world, art allows students to find balance at school. Art courses offered at MCHS progress in intensity, covering everything from art fundamentals to specialized techniques used in the visual arts.
The following Art courses are available at MCHS. Click on the name of the course to read its description.
This is an exploratory course concerned with the fundamentals of the visual arts.
In this course, students will use the following mediums in their work:
- Art pencils
- Acrylic paints
- Block ink
Students will also create daily observational drawings in their sketchbooks using a variety of visual references. Students will be introduced to art and design fundamentals, drawing techniques, equipment, media, and a range of styles through first-hand experience in creating artistic images and sculptures. No previous experience in art is required.
Prerequisite: Art 10
Art 20 is an extension of Art 10, which uses more advanced applications in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpturing and printmaking.
Students will create projects using:
- Wire sculptures
- Gel transfers
- Chalk pastels
- Plaster and clay work
Students will continue to create daily observational drawings in their sketchbooks using a variety of visual references. Coursework will enable students to improve their personal skills and expand their interests.
Prerequisite: Art 20
Art 30 is a comprehensive studio course based on the extension of all media, which emphasizes the expansion and perfection of artistic technique. In this course, students will need to generate ideas, beginning in their sketchbook and moving towards a refined product.
Art 30 is a balance between guided and facilitated projects. There will be increased emphasis on experimentation, abstraction, and emotional aspects of visual images in all media. Students are expected to dig deeper into historical art movements and styles to understand and adapt them to their own style.
Art 30 is an accepted course and prerequisite to register in many post-secondary programs.
Prerequisite: Previously completed or currently registered in Art 30
Art 35 gives students the chance to work with larger drawings, paintings and sculptures, while also recreating a famous masterpiece and producing some digital art. Students are expected to explore and design their own project ideas to create something they've always wanted to create.
This is an extra credit course designed to complement Art 30. Most Art 35 students complete their work in their own studios and on their own time. Guidance, supplies and instructions will be provided.