Amherst High School Art Department
The Amherst Art Department offers a varied list of enjoyable, useful and exciting courses. The college-bound art student, as well as the student looking to fulfill the one credit graduation requirement or fill an open elective will be able to select from a wide range of art courses.
Students wishing credit or elective experience can opt for Studio in Art for a broad exposure to Art or choose from beginning and advanced specialty courses such as Photography, Creative Crafts and Ceramics. They may take any of the Drawing and Painting or Design classes, Computer Graphics or Watercolor if they have the Studio in Art prerequisite.
The student headed for a career in art will begin with Studio in Art and select a sequence from fine arts courses such as Drawing and Painting, Design and Illustration, advanced honors levels of these courses, specialty courses and AP Art for college credit. Students prepare for their college entrance portfolios while enrolled in these courses.
Many of our art students win contests, awards, scholarships and enroll in top art colleges and universities. Regardless of their goals, their Amherst art experiences will give them an appreciation of art throughout their lives.
Our many outstanding courses and sequences are listed on the following pages.
STUDIO IN ART PHOTO 1 DRAWING AND PAINTING PHOTO II 21st CENTURY DESIGN & INNOVATION PHOTO III
ADVANCED CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDY
ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING CERAMICS I ADVANCED DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION CERAMICS II CREATIVE CRAFTS SCULPTURE COLLEGE PORTFOLIO DESIGN
Different Pathways for the Study of the Visual Arts
Some different ways to arrange an art sequence could be as follows:
After students have taken Studio in Art (full year), students looking to have a five-year sequence could take any of the offered visual art electives.
Students wishing to complete the AP Studio in Art Drawing Portfolio or the AP Studio in Art 2-D Design Portfolio should take the Drawing and Painting classes, and Design and Illustration course, in any combination, depending on course availability. Students would then be in a good position to take the AP Art course as part of a three- or five-year sequence.
After students have taken Studio in Art (full year), students looking to take the AP Studio in Art 2-D Design course could take a Drawing and Painting course or Design courses along with Photography courses in sequence and then take the AP Studio in Art 2-Design Portfolio Exam.
Fine Arts Certificates of Distinction and Fine Arts Certificates of Merit are being offered for students taking three units for a minor or five units for a major in the Visual Arts. Students must earn straight A’s in the sequences for the Certificates of Distinction. A five-unit sequence in Fine Arts may replace the three-unit LOTE sequence for an Advanced Diploma.
If you take three units of art, you will be awarded a Certificate for a Visual Arts Minor from ACHS at your graduation.
If you take five units of art, you will be awarded a Certificate in the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts.
If you take five units of art, with an A average, you will be awarded a Certificate of Distinction in the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts.