Art

Art students work in art forms in a variety of ways - tempura, acrylic, water color - and materials, learn photography and gain knowledge about perspective drawing. The goal for art courses is to give students the basic tools necessary to create art and allow them to develop their skills.Departmental offerings also include Mixed Media, Ceramics and Advanced Ceramics, Sculpture and Independent Study in 3D Art.Art Club meets twice a month. Art department students are involved in two competitions.

Courses Offered

Art

Introduction to 2-D Art

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Art

Prerequisite: None

Course description: A comprehensive approach to varied art mediums for the beginning student, including drawing in one-point perspective, painting in acrylic, learning color theory, and elements of design. This course is designed for the student who has little formal training and does not need to have a great deal of talent.


Introduction to 3-D Art

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Art

Prerequisite: None

Course description: A beginning course which introduces projects about sculpture, ceramics, wire, glass, and fiber arts. This course is designed to give students the ultimate hands-on experience with many different and new materials. Projects include cardboard sculpture, ceramic vessel, wire sculpture, glass mosaic, and needle-felted figures. This course is created for the student who has little or no art background. Upon successful completion of Introduction to 3-D Art with a grade of C- or higher, students are eligible to take Ceramics and/or Sculpture.


Drawing

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Art

Prerequisite: Introduction to 2-D Art with a grade of C- or higher

Course description: This course is designed for those students with a genuine interest in art. Students who wish to further their development in the drawing area should take this course. A wider variety of materials, drawing techniques and compositional styles are explored. Students learn how to create value, draw people, work in colored pencils, and learn how to create depth.


Painting

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Art

Prerequisite: Introduction to 2-D Art with a grade of C- or higher

Course description: This course is designed for those students with a genuine interest in art. Students who wish to further their development in painting areas should take this course. A wide variety of painting materials and compositional styles are explored. Students will learn how to use watercolor and acrylic.



Advanced Drawing & Painting

Level: Academic 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Art

Prerequisites: Students must have previously taken Introduction to 2-D Art, Drawing, and Painting, passing each class with at least a C- or higher

Course Description: In this course, students will further their studies in 2-D art through an in-depth study of more advanced mediums such as oil painting, colored pencil, ink, charcoal, etc. This class incorporates a variety of mediums that have yet to be studied and will also include a further study of previously studied mediums. Students will develop a body of work through multiple mediums and incorporate their own form of art-making into the process.


Ceramics

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One Semester

Department: Art

Prerequisite: Intro to 3-D Art with a grade of C- or higher

Course description: An introductory course which involves the development of hand-building skills in pinch, coil, and slab processes. Students will explore functional and sculptural forms in clay, as well as a variety of glazing and decorating techniques. Projects include personal logo stamp, pinch pot, textured bowl, coil vase, tableware setting, and plaster casting. The firing process and kiln information are learned as well as ceramic terminology. Pottery wheel work is introduced to students on an individual basis. Upon successful completion of Ceramics and Sculpture with a grade of C- or higher, students are eligible to take Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture.


Sculpture

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Art

Prerequisite: Intro to 3-D Art with a grade of C- or higher

Course Description: A variety of three-dimensional media will be explored to introduce students to sculptural techniques. Projects include cardboard sculpture, glass jewelry, stained glass, character sculpting, and recycled paper vessels. Each unit is designed to promote an exploration of three-dimensional design, concepts, and processes. Upon successful completion of Ceramics and Sculpture with a grade of C- or higher, students are eligible to take Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture.


Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Art

Prerequisite: Students must have previously taken Introduction to 3-D Art, Ceramics, and Sculpture, passing each class with at least a C- or higher

Course description: This one semester course is designed to allow students to expand on processes, techniques, and ideas introduced in Ceramics and Sculpture. Students will explore functional vessels as well as more decorative and sculptural objects. The projects will include tableware settings, decorative sculptures, and pottery wheel throwing. Upon successful completion of Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture with a grade of C+ or higher, students are eligible to take Independent Study Art or Independent Study Ceramics.


Photography

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One Semester

Department: Art

Prerequisites: Introduction to 2-D Art with a grade of C or higher

Course Description: The course explores the use of technology in art. Students will learn to enhance and expand their creative process using digital tools. Through the use of computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, students will learn how to use technology to produce graphics, and digital photography.


Fine Arts Staff

Emily Lowman - 309-698-7564 - elowman@ep309.org

Emily Lowman grew up in Pekin and has a Bachelors Degree in Art Education and Studio Arts: Sculpture from Illinois State University. During her time as a Redbird, she heavily involved herself with the ISU Honors Program, mentoring incoming freshmen as well as the Art Education Program where she taught all kinds of students from all grade levels. After graduation, she taught in a one year position and discovered her love for jewelry making and metalworking. When she's not creating art, Miss Lowman loves to play volleyball, cuddle her cat, and bake cookies.

Billy Simmons - 309-698-7515 - bsimmons@ep309.org

Mr. Simmons is East Peoria Community High School’s 2D art teacher, specializing in drawing and painting. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Mr. Simmons earned his bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and relocated to Illinois after graduating. Prior to teaching at EPCHS, Mr. Simmons has taught elementary art in Gary, IN, Bloomington, IL, and at Peoria District 150. Mr. Simmons enjoys cultivating the talents and creativity of students who take art seriously, and creating his own artwork when he can.

Art Resources

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