Art Department

Student playing flute

The Art Department is comprised of Band courses 1-4, Art 1 and 2, and Photography. At CCSMS, we provide an environment where our scholars can maximize and nurture their creativity capabilities.


Course Course Description 
Band 1, 2, 3, and 4 In these music courses, scholars will begin their study of instrumental music and standard performance practices on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Instruction areas include: ensemble rehearsal and performance techniques, musicianship, tone production, festival performance and sight reading, and music literacy.
Art 1 This semester course introduces scholars to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while developing drawing skills and painting techniques. Studio experiences in the classroom will give scholars opportunities to experience a variety of media (pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and tempera paint) while developing scholars’ individual styles and creative problem solving skills. Scholars will demonstrate their ability to respond, to analyze, and to interpret their own artwork and the work of others through discussions, critiques, and writings.
Art 2

Prerequisite: Art 1

This course is designed to further develop the concepts and skills learned in Art 1 and is available for second level art scholars.   Scholars will use the skills and techniques learned previously to enhance artwork in two and three-dimensional design using a variety of different media. The two-dimensional media includes graphite, charcoal, pastels, colored pencil, acrylic, watercolor, and ink techniques. Three-dimensional work explored in this class includes ceramics and foam sculpture, along with non-traditional sculpture materials.  The scholars will develop the ability to make effective choices concerning media, techniques, subject matter, methods of interpretation, and compositional design.
Photography 1 Photography I at CCSMS is for scholars interested in the study of photography as an art form and the use of photography as a form of communication in their world. The proper use of manual 35mm cameras as well as digital SLR cameras is addressed. Topics include a survey of photographic history, composition and technical skills, traditional darkroom and computer lab production, cultural literacy, presentation of artwork, proper critique methods, and career opportunities. Scholars may use their own cameras or may be issued school cameras and will be responsible for their replacement if lost or damaged.