• Art Department

    The Masconomet Art Department has gained a national reputation for outstanding achievement through the accomplishments of its students and faculty. We take pride in our solid program, which not only emphasizes the making of art and the solving of complex visual problems, but also encourages the ability to verbalize about art. The art program is open to all students regardless of level of ability and experience.

    The yearlong Art Studio courses offered provide a sequential program of experiences, culminating in Advanced Placement Studio Art, which will enable the future artist and/or designer to pursue post-secondary education in art or to continue making quality art as an avocation. In Grade 9 we highly recommend scheduling ART STUDIO I for any student who is enjoys having art in their daily schedule and is interested in taking art throughout high school. Art Studio I students are exposed to a wide variety of media and range of art experiences that provides a strong foundation to build upon. Another introductory option that is available for 9th graders is Art Explorations, which is a semester art course that covers the same core concepts (drawing, color theory, 2-D design, 3-D design) as in Art Studio I but with a shorter time commitment (overall fewer projects and less variety of media than is covered in the full year course). This is an option for some students who are interested in or are curious about art but may find it difficult to commit to the yearlong Art Studio I course. 

    In addition, a wide selection of semester-long art courses is available for those students who would like to explore various aspects of art in greater depth. These include Photography I*, Photography II*, Photography III, Photography IV, Digital Photography*, Graphic Design I, Drawing, Painting, Innovative Product Design, Ceramics I, Fashion Design I, Woodworking I*, Woodworking II*, and Woodworking III. Three yearlong courses are also available, which are: Architecture, a desktop publishing course, Media Communications-Yearbook, and A.P. Art History (avaliable in school year 2019-2020, also offered for Social Studies elective credit). Priority in enrollment will be given to twelfth, eleventh, tenth, then ninth grade students in classes which are over-enrolled. (*Semester courses that are available to Grade 9 students.)

    Occasionally we request that students purchase limited amounts of supplies. This is done, for the most part, so that students can continue to work on projects at home. The types of supplies requested are generally limited to tools and materials that will be used more than once—pencils, erasers, adhesives, X-Acto knives, sketchbooks, etc.

    In Photography classes, students will be responsible for purchasing film and print paper. We have found that there is far less waste with this type of system because the students use the materials more cautiously when their families are paying for them. Digital photography students will be provided a digital camera as needed to complete course assignments. Photography I and II students will be provided a 35 mm, single lens reflex (SLR), manually operated camera as needed to complete assignments in those courses. Additionally, students are also welcome to bring in appropriate cameras of their own to work with as well. Photo II, III, and IV students may work chemically or digitally and should have access to the appropriate camera(s).

    HOMEWORK - There is homework for College Prep art classes but it is highly variable depending on the nature of the in-class project and the efficiency of each student. Honors level can expect to have approximately 2-3 hours of homework each week.

    SEQUENCE OF ART COURSES

    Students are encouraged to begin their art studies with our sequential program. The Art Studio courses offer experiences with a wide range of materials and processes. This establishes a strong foundation to build upon for the next year while also providing an opportunity to discover new abilities and areas of interest. Students in the Art Studio sequential program will have the option of electing courses for either college-prep or honors credit. Students electing honors credit will be responsible for completing one major additional independent art project during each quarter. Participation in Honors is an opportunity for students to gain additional experience and strengthen their portfolio.

    COLLEGE PREP

      Art Studio I (CP)

     Art Studio II (CP)

      Art Studio III (CP)

      Art A.P. 
    (AP)

     

     or

     

    HONORS

      Art Studio I
    (H)

     Art Studio II
    (H)

      Art Studio III
    (H)

      Art A.P. 
    (AP)

     
     
    All A.P. Studio Art students are urged to be enrolled in another 2D art class in the fall semester of their senior year. Students interested in furthering their studies in Architecture or any other design discipline (ie: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design) are strongly encouraged to take as many art courses as possible to create a strong portfolio of work, which is needed for college applications. As previously stated, enrollment in the foundation Art Studio courses is highly encouraged. We also strongly recommend the semester-long Drawing course because drawing is fundamentally important to all visual art pursuits. Please speak with any member of the art faculty for additional course recommendations.
  • Program of Studies

    • 1.
      • Art
      • Art Studio I (CP)
      • 7101
      • This is a hands-on and active course! Students at all levels of ability and experience are encouraged to begin their journey into the high school art program here! Students will solve visual challenges in the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and design. Art appreciation will be incorporated throughout the yearlong curriculum as well. The difference between CP and H is that the honors students complete one major additional independent project each quarter.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9, 10, 11, 12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 2.
      • Art
      • Art Studio I (H)
      • 7001
      • This is a hands-on and active course! Students at all levels of ability and experience are encouraged to begin their journey into the high school art program here! Students will solve visual challenges in the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and design. Art appreciation will be incorporated throughout the yearlong curriculum as well. The difference between CP and H is that the honors students complete one major additional independent project each quarter.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9, 10, 11, 12
      • H
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 3.
      • Art
      • Art Explorations
      • 7121
      • This comprehensive introductory semester course is designed to allow for artistic discovery by presenting creative challenges that involve both skill development and reflective experience. Students will explore a wide variety of art media and processes. Units covered will include two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and drawing. Students will be asked to observe, think creatively, and make critical decisions while developing problem-solving skills in this engaging hands-on course.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 4.
      • Art
      • Art Studio II (CP)
      • 7301
      • Students will create work that relates thematically from one challenge to the next, thus allowing them to begin to think and work as artists do. Assignments will address the selected theme through the following studio areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, design, sculpture, and mixed media. Art Studio II candidates must have successfully completed Art Studio I. The difference between CP and H is that the honors students complete one major additional independent project each quarter.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9, 10, 11, 12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 5.
      • Art
      • Art Studio II (H)
      • 7002
      • Students will create work that relates thematically from one challenge to the next, thus allowing them to begin to think and work as artists do. Assignments will address the selected theme through the following studio areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, design, sculpture, and mixed media. Art Studio II candidates must have successfully completed Art Studio I. The difference between CP and H is that the honors students complete one major additional independent project each quarter.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9, 10, 11, 12
      • H
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 6.
      • Art
      • Art Studio III (CP)
      • 7401
      • Art Studio II + III make up a two-year curriculum with a different theme each year. Drawing, painting, printmaking, design, sculpture, and mixed media—will be investigated on an alternate year basis so that by the end of ASIII, all areas have been covered. Creative problem solving will be stressed. Art Studio III candidates must have successfully completed Art Studio II. The difference between CP and H is that the honors students complete one major additional independent project each quarter.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9, 10, 11, 12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 7.
      • Art
      • Art Studio III (H)
      • 7003
      • Art Studio II + III make up a two-year curriculum with a different theme each year. Drawing, painting, printmaking, design, sculpture, and mixed media will be investigated on an alternate year basis so that by the end of ASIII, all areas have been covered. Creative problem solving will be stressed. Art Studio III candidates must have successfully completed Art Studio II. The difference between CP and H is that the honors students complete one major additional independent project each quarter.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9, 10, 11, 12
      • H
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 8.
      • Art
      • Art Studio (AP)
      • 7441
      • AP concludes the journey for students who have demonstrated consistent growth and desire for excellence in their work. AP students should be committed to post-secondary art study as either a vocation or avocation. The course structure meets the guidelines established by The College Board. Approval of the AP teacher is required for enrollment. All AP students are urged to be enrolled in another 2D art class during the fall semester. AP Studio Art students are expected to take the AP Exam in May.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • AP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 9.
      • Art
      • Advanced Placement Art History
      • 7601
      • AP Art History provides an introductory college level course regardless of whether one has had previous experience in studio art or art history. Students will examine major forms of artistic expression, look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and will then be asked to articulate what they have seen or experienced in those works. The course structure meets the guidelines established by The College Board and is jointly offered by the Art and Social Studies Departments.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • AP
      • CCC, Global, Visual & Performing Arts
      • 19-20
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2
    • 10.
      • Art
      • Drawing
      • 7501
      • This is a multi --- media course, which is organized to strengthen each students observational drawing skills and to broaden their definition of what drawing is. A series of assignments has been designed to stretch each individual's development. Classes are made up of students with varying levels of ability and experience. Students considering a career in architecture, graphic design, industrial design, fashion design, and the fine arts are encouraged to take this course.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 11.
      • Art
      • Painting
      • 7610
      • The painting course is designed to accommodate all levels of painting ability. Structured classes will introduce fundamentals of painting techniques, using a variety of methods and materials. Exercises will be assigned with emphasis placed on color and composition, and the study of form, space and light. Students will be encouraged to explore realism, abstraction, and self-expression. Materials may include tempera paint, acrylic paint, oil paint, watercolor and mixed media.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 12.
      • Art
      • Ceramics I
      • 7951
      • This is a hands --- on course that will explore methods of hand building and wheel --- throwing to create ceramic pieces. While much of the work that is created in this class will be functional (bowls, containers, plates, etc.), there will also be work created that is purely sculptural. In addition to building techniques, students will also learn techniques for decorating their clay objects. This will include the use of underglazes and engobes as well as glazes.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 13.
      • Art
      • Graphic Design I
      • 7801
      • This course is an introduction to the art of using typography and imagery to convey information. Fundamental 2D design skills will be stressed during the first quarter. After learning some basic design and computer skills, real-life design projects from local non-profit organizations will become the focal point of the class. Skill areas will include concept development, composition, typography, and vector art. Students work in the Mac lab where they will primarily utilize Adobe Illustrator.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 14.
      • Art
      • Fashion Design I
      • 7201
      • This course introduces students to the creative process of clothing design and focuses on three areas: illustration, flat sketching and design presentation. Students become fluent in design terminology, create and learn to work from inspiration boards, and learn about garment construction and fabrics. Students will be given design challenges and will experience authentic learning of what being a fashion designer truly means. They will also have a start toward building a fashion design portfolio.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Computer Science, STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 15.
      • Art
      • Innovative Product Design
      • 7620
      • Students will create developmental drawings, 3D models, working drawings, and prototypes. These hands-on projects enable students to build an awareness of materials and an understanding of 3D terminology. This course will challenge students to think creatively while considering style, function, and ergonomics. Students will bring their ideas to life and build them in three dimensions. Sketching and perspective drawing will be covered as well as building with a variety of sculptural materials.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Computer Science, STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 16.
      • Art
      • Architecture
      • 7980
      • Architecture is a yearlong course. During the first semester, students develop an understanding of perspective, scale, form, and spatial relationships by drawing, designing, drafting, and model- building. During the second semester, students will use the computer aided design software program, ArchiCAD to create architectural drawings. Students will also learn fundamental construction techniques. Students must take both semesters of this class.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 17.
      • Art
      • Website Design
      • 7990
      • Students will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop to create imagery (logos, backgrounds, buttons, etc.) used to build basic websites. Working in both code and design views, students will learn Adobe Dreamweaver, a visual development program used to plan, design and manage websites. Students will make thoughtful design choices that are influenced by an understanding of The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Units on photography, typography, and basic animation will be included as well.
      • Units on photography, typography, and basic animation will be included as well.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • TBD
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 18.
      • Art
      • Digital Photo
      • 7860
      • This introductory course covers the operation of a digital camera, the use of the computer as a digital darkroom, and the production of high quality photographic prints that are compositionally strong and possess narrative content. Students will learn to navigate the functions of the Adobe Photoshop software program necessary to meet these goals. A camera will be provided if needed to complete the course projects. Students can bring in an appropriate camera of their own to work with as well.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 19.
      • Art
      • Photo I
      • 7901
      • Areas covered in this introduction to quality B+W photography include the operation of a manual, single lens reflex (SLR) camera, B+W film development, enlarger operation, and printing photos in the darkroom. Emphasis is on creative expression while mastering the technical processes. A camera will be provided if needed to complete the course projects. Students can bring in an appropriate camera of their own to work with as well. Students must provide their own B+W film and photography paper.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 20.
      • Art
      • Photo II
      • 7912
      • Photo II is the follow up course to both Photo I & Digital Photo. Students will choose between working with film or working digitally, or they may choose to work in both media. There will be more frequent critiques and projects will be more advanced. Cameras will be made available to students when necessary in order to complete projects. Students may bring an appropriate film or digital camera of their own to work with. Students working with film must provide their own B+W film and photo paper.
      • Photo II candidates must have successfully completed Photo I or Digital Photography
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 21.
      • Art
      • Photo III
      • 7931
      • This advanced class is for students who have demonstrated consistent growth and desire for excellence in darkroom or digital work. Students will work on highly technical, fine art, commercial, and studio based assignments. A camera will be provided if needed to complete the course projects. Students can bring in an appropriate camera of their own to work with as well. Students must provide their own B+W film and photography paper.
      • Photo III candidates must have successfully completed Photo II.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 22.
      • Art
      • Photo IV
      • 7941
      • This course is designed the for serious Photo student who has decided to pursue this medium for commercial work or a college portfolio. Students are expected to complete thirty teacher approved, professional level pieces. A camera will be provided if needed to complete the course projects. Students can bring in an appropriate camera of their own to work with as well. Students must provide their own B+W film and photography paper.
      • Photo IV candidates must have successfully completed Photo III.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 23.
      • Art
      • Media Communications (Yearbook)
      • 7701
      • The Media Communications class offers a variety of publishing activities to students in grade 11 and 12. The students complete the publication of the school yearbook (MITOBO). Students work in the areas of writing, designing (utilizing both Yearbook Avenue and Adobe Photoshop software), and photography. Editorial positions will be selected in April. No late sign-ups will be allowed. Admittance into this course is contingent upon a personal interview with, and approval of the yearbook teacher.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 24.
      • Art
      • Woodworking I
      • 7821
      • In this hands-on course, students learn techniques of woodworking and safe operation of woodworking machines and tools. The goal of this course is to bring students to a level of craftsmanship that will enable them to take pride in their accomplishments and be able to apply their skills and knowledge throughout their lives. The course also includes basic elements of building design and characteristics of different woods and their potential applications.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A3, S1, S2
    • 25.
      • Art
      • Woodworking II
      • 7822
      • This course builds on the skills and knowledge students mastered in Woodworking I. Students learn more advanced techniques as well as design principles and applications. The course also emphasizes project planning, creativity and fine workmanship, enabling students to create pieces that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.
      • Completion of Wood Technology I with a minimum grade of C
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A3, S1, S2