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Visual Arts
The visual arts program at SDJA offers three levels of study: foundation, advanced and advanced placement. AP Studio Art and WriteDesign, an integrated art, writing, design and technology class, are offered every other year.

Foundation Art Course
The foundation art course serves as an introductory class for beginning students and for students who want to develop a better understanding of seeing, thinking and producing art with an emphasis on technical skill and concept development. All of the lessons and projects in this course expose students to basic art literacy and skill development in multiple mediums.

Advanced Art Course
The advanced art course takes skills learned in the foundation art class to the next level. Students have the opportunity to develop their artistic passions and to express their personal voice by looking at the past, present and future. Specific lessons, and a variety of projects that include more sophisticated strategies in the areas of drawing, color theory application and mixed media, are utilized to expand the studentís understanding of art techniques.

Advanced Placement Art Course
The advanced placement program focuses on drawing and 2-D design. Students develop their passion for art by creating a body of work, looking at and critiquing a broad range of art and ultimately submitting a portfolio for AP credit.

WriteDesign Art Course
The WriteDesign course provides a workshop setting in which students create a variety of multimedia projects that include art, writing, design and technology. Successful completion of this course equates to a one year fine-arts credit at SDJA and the University of California graduation requirements. One of the primary goals of this course is to instill a passion for clear communication and creative problem-solving through multimedia. Two instructors team-teach the course, coordinating their instruction to empower students. Instructors create lessons in thematic units that develop a particular skill or project.

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