All courses listed are required for completion of a six-year diploma.
Art Foundation (Grades 7-10) A four-year studio course dealing with form and unity with regard to the structural and proportional organization of line, shape, value, texture and color, and the use of technique and materials in relation to compositional and structural manipulation. (.6 unit per year, grades 9-10)
Drawing (Grades 7-12) A six-year course that begins as an introduction to various traditional drawing media and their use to achieve proficiency in rendering. The course moves incrementally to drawing as a means of communicating personal aesthetics in the upper course level (.4 unit per year, grades 9-12)
AP/Honors Art History (Grade 11) A one-year chronological survey of World Art History, Pre-history through Contemporary, taught during the junior year. The accompanying text is the university standard Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, which is supplemented with additional text. A requisite course for the Visual Arts major, it is open as an elective for all others. Advanced Placement credit available to students passing the annual AP Art History exam. (1 academic unit)
Painting I (Grade 9) One-semester course that introduces watercolor painting in both transparent and opaque media. (.5 unit)
Painting II (Grade 10) One-semester course that introduces students to the fundamentals of oil painting. (.5 unit)
Painting III (Grade 11) One-semester course that emphasizes content, the formal and emotive aspects of painting and the interrelationship of form, matter and content. (.5 unit)
Painting IV (Grade 12) One-semester senior course that is taught as a tutorial based on the student’s personal aesthetic. (.5 unit)
Sculpture I (Grade 9) One-semester course that emphasizes structure and volume through 3-D design. (.5 unit)
Sculpture II (Grade 10) One-semester course with emphasis on problem solving, formal concepts and construction. (.5 units)
Sculpture III (Grade 11) One-semester course that explores traditional and non-traditional materials and the interrelationship of form, matter and content. (.5 unit)
Sculpture IV (Grade 12) One-semester senior tutorial based on a student’s personal aesthetic. (.5 unit)
Studio (Grades 11-12) A two-year tutorial class that allows the student to explore and develop a personal aesthetic. (.6 unit per year)
This website describes the present courses, requirements, programs and services of the Alabama School of Fine Arts,
which are subject to change at any time according to state requirements and the policies and procedures of the school.