The atmosphere of a class in the Art Department is different from any other class in school. There is a relaxed feeling as students quietly and enthusiastically work at their own projects. Art is an elective program at Helena High, and students can take one, two, three, four, or a number of years of art classes. Students with a serious interest can get into some highly in-depth artistic experiences. Many classes work on local shows and exhibits.
With so many different kinds and levels of classes offered, the Art Department encourages all students to take at least one course and try their hand at a creative experience.
The elements and principles of design are the building blocks used to create a work of art.
Elements of Art are the visual “tools” that artists use to create an art work – they are what makes up an image or an art object: line, shape/form, value, color, space, and texture.
Principles of Design are the ways artists use the Elements of Art in an artwork – this is “what we do with the Elements” – how we arrange them, how we balance them, what is being emphasized, etc. The principles are: balance, contrast, repetition, emphasis, and unity.
Focus on drawing skills:
Creative drawings, shading techniques review and practice, pen and graphite drawings, texture shading, colored pencils and oil pastels techniques, design stylizing techniques, non-traditional art media, mix-media, introduction to watercolor pencils, watercolor techniques, etc.
Focus on drawing, painting and printing media:
Unusual painting media, creative designs – practice eye-hand coordination, pen and ink drawings, pattern values and creative application, introduction to silk screen printing, optical illusions and OpArt – review perspective, collages and acrylic paintings, composition and colors in Art.
In this class, you will do a project that integrates the knowledge you’ve acquired. You’ll have the opportunity to define and articulate critical questions and possible solutions for a challenge that professionals in the art field face today. This class is highly personalized and could serve as a career-launching experience.
This an opportunity for students to pursue a self-directed experience in their professional program that intentionally integrates their learnings.