visual arts at MBHS  

Visual Arts Courses (Current Year)


Entry Level Courses:

  • Art & Culture
  • Ceramics & Sculpture 1
  • Digital Art 1
  • Photography 1
  • Fashion Drawing & Design
  • Foundations of Art

Advanced Level Courses (prerequisites shown in parentheses):

  • Ceramics & Sculpture 2, 3, Advanced 3D Studio (Ceramics & Sculpture 1, 2 & 3)
  • Photography 2 (Photography 1), Photography 3 (Photography 2)
  • Studio Art 1, 2, 3 (Foundations of Art and submission of portfolio)

Below are the course descriptions and syllabi for the courses being taught in the academic year currently in progress.

Public high school students in the State of Maryland need one fine arts credit (two semesters) for graduation. Any class below may be applied to this requirement. These courses are open to all students, although some courses may have prerequisites. Unless otherwise indicated, all are full-year (two-semester) courses, and students may not take semester 2 (B) without having taken the semester 1 (A) course.

Common Forms:

  • The form for consenting to the use of images or videos of your artwork, performance, likeness and/or voice on MCPS websites and other publications is here.
  • The Student Acceptable Use Agreement for Internet Access is here.

Entry level courses -- grades 9-12: (These are pre-requisites for advanced study in the Fine Arts Strand of the Media, Music and the Arts Academy.)

Art and Culture A & B -- Explore the world of art through the eyes of various cultures!!! Through hands-on projects and textbook assignments, students study the visual designs found in our environment with a focus on cultural influences and social significance. Crafts, decorative arts, environmental designs, design in commerce and industry as well as fine art are analyzed. The role of art in society and the contributions of minority artists are also studied. This course is open to all students grade 9-12 and can be taken either semester or for the entire year. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Wall.

Foundations of Art A & B -- Focus is on making two-dimensional art, looking at art from different times and cultures, studying Master Artists and exploring career options. A basic overview of processes and media in the visual arts. This course is open to all students grade 9-12 and can be taken either semester or for the entire year. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Crowder, Mr. Lee,

Ceramics and Sculpture 1 A & B (6381/6391) -- Study of the making of 3-dimensional sculpture and fine crafts in a variety of media with particular focus on clay. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mr. Verock, Mrs. Wall.

Digital Art 1 A & B - Focus on the use of the computer as an art medium for creating portraits, illustrations, commercial/advertising art, and animations. Students discuss ethical and safety issues in the use of computers. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Armstead-Thomas.

Fashion Drawing and Design A & B -- Focus is on the elements of drawing and design as it relates to fashion. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Armstead-Thomas.

Photography 1 A & B - Students learn how to use a camera, process film, and print black-and-white photographs. Several theme projects are assigned through which students demonstrate their sensitivity to subject matter, lighting, form, and composition. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mr. Bustillos, Mrs. Crowder.       Class blog

Advanced Coursework in Visual Arts - grades 10-12:

Studio Art 1 A & B -- Focus is on observational drawing and painting as well as other 2-D art forms such as printmaking and bookmaking. Students study master artists, art movements and contemporary art. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Wall.

Ceramics and Sculpture 2 A & B (6383/6393) -- Continued study in sculpture and fine craft with a focus on clay. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mr. Verock.

Advanced Digital Art 2 A & B - Continued focus on the use of the computer as an art medium for creating portraits, illustrations, commercial/advertising art, and animations. Students discuss ethical and safety issues in the use of computers. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Armstead-Thomas.

Advanced Coursework in Visual Arts -- grades 11-12:

Studio Art 2 A & B - Portfolio preparation with the option for drawing or two-dimensional AP portfolio submission (generally submitted in senior year). Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Wall.

Photography 2 A & B -- Two semesters of advanced camera and darkroom technique. Students continue studies in the history of photography, master photographers and technical developments. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Crowder.

Ceramics and Sculpture 3 A & B (6385/6386) -- Two semesters of third-level study in sculpture and fine crafts with a focus on clay. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mr. Verock.

Advanced Coursework in Visual Arts -- grade 12:

Studio Art 3 A & B -- Focus is on the medium and art form of student's choice, using both assigned and self-selected subject matter. Students have the option for drawing or two-dimensional AP portfolio submission. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Wall.

Advanced Studio (6313/6314) -- Two semesters of fourth-level study in sculpture and fine crafts in which students focus on an art form of their choice implementing clay as their medium, using both assigned and self-selected subject matter. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mr. Verock.

Photography 3 A & B -- Two semesters of in-depth study of photography techniques, building on the Photography 2 curriculum. Fee.

2015-2016 syllabus for Mrs. Crowder.

Information on this page was updated August 29, 2015.
Linked syllabi for the 2015 - 2016 year were collected from the teachers from August 25, 2015 to August 28, 2015.