Katie Knight teaches art, photography, and art history at Helena High School. Believing young people have the intelligence and motivation to create a better world, she loves to empower students to express themselves through visual and verbal language, and to witness their creativity. Inspired by social and earth justice content, Katie’s own art takes many forms – photography, printmaking, sculpture, and digital media – as can be seen on her website, katieknight.net. Her social justice activism and photography have taken her to war zones and former war zones in Latin America and southern Africa. Katie curated a major art exhibition that toured Montana and she now manages its national tour. Titled Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, this show is composed of works by artists who transformed neo-Nazi hate books into thought-provoking visual works. When she is not teaching and doing artwork, Katie explores the natural world with her loved ones in Montana and the Pacific Northwest, photographing, kayaking, birding, swimming, singing, and being in a state of awe.
The study of art history invites students to discover the diversity in and connections among forms of artistic expression throughout history and from around the globe. Students learn about how people have responded to and communicated their experiences through art making by exploring art in its historic and cultural contexts. The AP® Art History course welcomes students into the global art world as active participants, engaging with its forms and content as they research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art.
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to increase their skills in both the understanding and creating of art. Emphasis is placed on individual imagination, development of artistic skills, production of artistic works, and the ability to make and justify judgments about the aesthetic merit and quality of art. Students will be introduced to such art areas as drawing, color, design, painting, print-making and sculpture. Students will be evaluated on their ability to generate, develop, present and critique ideas through work produced in and out of class.
This course is an introduction to photography. Students learn the fundamentals of camera technique, lighting, color, and composition using digital cameras and Photoshop. Students explore a variety of subjects to develop expressive content and learn to communicate more eloquently through visual language. Evaluations are based on class participation, projects, critiques, written work and tests. Instructor approval, a digital camera, and successful completion of Art 1 are needed for enrollment in this class.
This class is an exploration of intermediate photography using both digital and film cameras. Students work with film and light-sensitive materials and learn to print in the darkroom. Students develop greater skills using digital development techniques as well as learning to make refined prints in the darkroom. Students continue to practice design principles and visual communication while considering photographic history, including a variety of photographic styles. Evaluations are based on class participation, projects, critiques, written work and tests. Instructor approval, a digital camera, and successful completion of both Photo 1 and Art 1 are needed for enrollment in this class.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of both Art 1 and Photography 1, a digital camera, and permission of instructor.
Photography 3 is designed for students who are seriously considering a career in the field of art and photography. Students are introduced to career possibilities as they explore a variety of processes and media used in each field. Evaluations are based on class participation, projects, critiques, and written work. Instructor approval, a digital camera, and successful completion of both Photo 1 and 2 and Art 1 are needed for enrollment in this class.
Prerequisite: Photo 1 and Photo 2 and instructor approval.