The WSHS art curriculum promotes growth in the areas of technical skill, artistic expression, and knowledge of art history. A vast selection of course offerings are available to the student. Scholarships are available. Art students at Winona Senior High School have many opportunities to submit their art works and portfolios for a number of regional and state exhibits and competitions, where perennially they are recognized for their talents
- AP Senior Studio & Portfolio
- Introduction to Art
- Junior Studio
- Multicultural Art
- Photography as Art
- 3-D Design & Sculpture
Grade: 12 Highly recommended: As many art electives as possible.
This course is designed for the advanced senior art student who wishes to develop a portfolio which represents his or her abilities and knowledge in the visual arts area. This portfolio could be used for Advanced Placement credit, for college entrance, scholarship competition, and for employment opportunities. Under the guidance of the art department faculty, the student will follow a program of study that compliments his or her individual interests. There will be critiques and displays of the student's art-work. College credit and/or Advanced Placement will be awarded by colleges and universities according to individual institutional policies. See a counselor for clarification. The class will meet once in the spring and twice in the summer to establish work to be done before school starts. A materials fee is required.
Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Introduction to Art or Multicultural Art
The student's portfolio will reflect knowledge of ceramic terminology and a variety of hand built and wheel-thrown methods. Both functional and nonfunctional forms will be explored. Journal documentation of building and glaze methods will be a major emphasis of the class. A materials fee is required.
Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Ceramics
This course is designed to provide students with advanced opportunities in the ceramics area. Structured assignments will build upon skills introduced in Ceramics. Explorations in the media will include: the mastery of hand building and wheel throwing techniques, expanded knowledge of sculptural clay possibilities, and the opportunity to further build the foundation of glazing and other finish methods. A materials fee is required.
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
This is a foundation course in drawing skills and observation. Additionally, it is a prerequisite for many advanced art classes. Students work with the following art media: pencil shading, color pencil and marker drawing, ink hatching, charcoal drawing, and watercolor illustration. Students explore the following subject matter and art concepts: drawing from life, contour drawing, human portraiture, commercial art applications, and color theory. A materials fee is required.
Advanced Drawing & Illustration
Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Drawing
This course explores drawing as an art form and illustration for technical, commercial, and/or literary purposes. Both traditional and contemporary art subjects are studied. Students develop a portfolio of work for college entrance and/or possible Advanced Placement opportunities. A materials fee is required.
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
This course introduces the student to the basic fundamentals of art. It allows for exploration in various media. It is a prerequisite for many advanced art classes. The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, color theory, drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and art history are some of the major areas of study within the class. A materials fee is required.
Grade: 11 Highly Recommended: As many art electives as possible.
This course will help prepare students for the Senior Studio (AP) course. Students will learn about the structure of the Advanced Placement Program, National Portfolio Day requirements, post secondary education, and career options in the visual arts area. Students will assess their current portfolios and learn what to add to compliment and strengthen them. Time will be devoted to the creation of individual artwork, which would meet the expectations of the Advanced Placement Program and college en-trance requirements. Experimentation with new media and methods will enhance the overall experiences of the students in this class. The class will meet once in the spring and twice in the summer to establish work to be done before school starts. A materials fee is required.
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Students explore the cultural and historical foundation of art and techniques reflected in the world around us. Considering the original intent of regional or tribal art, students will go on to create their own interpretation of those themes. Students will use a broad range of materials and be encouraged to incorporate their own life experiences, person-al backgrounds and preferences. Through this course of study students will gain a greater understanding of others from a cultural and historical perspective. A materials fee is required.
Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Introduction to Art or Drawing
Students create a diverse portfolio of work while developing creative and technical skills. The areas of watercolor and acrylic canvas painting are explored. Color theory and/or the study of cultural/historical periods will supplement studio activities. Stu-dents gain exposure to traditional subject matter as well as expressive and abstracted approaches to painting. A materials fee is required.
Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Painting
Students will pursue advanced opportunities in the painting area. Exploration in the media will include: the mastery of watercolor and acrylic media, increased knowledge of color theory, and the opportunity to explore painting in a cultural/historical and con-temporary sense. A materials fee is required.
Grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Introduction to Art or Drawing
Students will study photography in terms of composition, technique, and camera work. They will create a portfolio of work, critique artwork, do independent study projects, and learn Adobe Photoshop software. Students will be required to do many of the photography assignments outside of class. They will be required to furnish some supplies and equipment. A materials fee is required.
Grade: 12 Prerequisite: Yearbook Staff I, Yearbook Staff II, approval of instructor
Yearbook editors are experienced yearbook staff members who have chosen leader-ship roles in the successful production of the yearbook. Responsibilities extend throughout the school year. Responsibilities will require summer meetings prior to the school year to determine the theme, section layouts, book plan, and cover design. As editors, students are expected to take on leadership positions, direct and assist the efforts of the staff, and are responsible for all final editing prior to production.
Grades: 11, 12
It is recommended that the student has a strong interest in writing, computers and/or photography. The yearbook is produced on a computer, using online software and digital images. The yearbook staff member learns desktop publishing in production of the school's annual history. Students work cooperatively to design individual pages, write copy, and provide photography. This course may require participation in activities outside of the regular school day and possibly on weekends. For more information see a department representative. Students may take the class more than one term.
Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Introduction to Art
The student will design and construct three dimensional art forms and sculptures working with various materials and techniques. Application of the Elements of Art, Principles of Design, and the history of sculpture from a cultural perspective impacts student work. The course is intended to allow for creative expression. A materials fee is required.