Visual Arts

Westside offers 5 different art classes as described below.

Digital Design

With focus on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, this course will use the Adobe Creative Apps collection of professional-class, industry-leading digital design tools to explore the basic principles of digital design in the 21st century. Students will develop skills in photo editing, graphic design, and print layout composition as they work independently and in groups to develop original material for school functions, outside organizations, and eventually a personal portfolio. The end result will be acquiring skills and practical experience in real-life design applications, potentially unlocking the doors to success in the world of digital design.

Introduction to Art

Introduction to Art is an entry-level art course that teaches the student a variety of basic art skills and techniques. Students gain experience working with 2D and 3D art and develop artistic skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramic, collage, and mixed media. Also included in the course is an overview of art history, studying and applying the elements and principles of design and critiquing works of art.

Advanced Art

Advanced Art is the second level of art offered at Westside and continues to focus on student’s development in various art skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage and mixed media. Through the study of themes such as the landscape and self-portrait, the course begins to develop the individual artistic expression of each student. Assignments will develop and reinforce the student’s understandings of the elements and principles of design, art techniques and art history while creating, critiquing, and evaluating works of art.

AP Studio Art

AP Studio art is the most advanced course offered at Westside requiring at least two years of high school art or teacher consent. This course is designed for the students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and focuses on preparing students for the AP Studio Art Portfolio (rather than a written test) through a rigorous and challenging curriculum. Students will produce a minimum of 24 artworks to submit for the portfolio in addition to weekly sketchbook assignments and projects. All assignments will develop and reinforce the student’s understandings of the elements and principles of design, art techniques and art history while creating, critiquing, and evaluating works of art. Summer work is required to take this course.

Yearbook

Yearbook is a course for students who want to gain a conceptual as well as an experiential understanding of the process and completion of a yearbook. This course focuses on the instruction, creation, and practice of putting together a creative and unique yearbook publication that represents the Westside Christian community. Students must take Digital Design and complete an application to be considered for the class.