Dease Art Classes

A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things. ::: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner :::

Welcome to Advanced Fine Art Photography!  You have all taken my beginning class and hopefully have a handle on the basic photography concepts and styles.  Now we will take that information and experience and build on it. We will be taking photos as well as using our photos to create mixed media artwork.

This course is offered to students who are interested in learning about the basics of quality artwork using digital photography as a medium, as well as creating images that have visual impact. Students will learn the elements and principles of design with an emphasis on composition. Throughout the course, we will also cover the basics of digital photography including vocabulary and camera/computer function. Students will be introduced to the history of photography, descriptive analysis of student/professional work, student presentations, class critiques, and the work of influential photographers. Students will learn to develop and expand their aesthetic perception. They will use Photoshop to learn basic digital imaging while also learning to enhance some of their photographic work. The students will create photographic images that will be suitable for working toward an AP studio art 2-D portfolio.

Welcome to Dease's Junior Advisory. We are going to be together for the next two years!  

Back to School Dance First Friday, Sept. 14th Black Out... 8:30 to 11:30 pm $5 at the door

0051T Visual Communications: Art and Technology B (1 term, 1 credit ) Grades 9-12 (Successful completion of this course meets one of the two fine arts credit requirements.) This course will build on the design conceptsand Photoshop skills developed in Visual Communications A. Students will also work hands-on to create artwork to scan and manipulate in Photoshop elements. Students will be able to use their creativity while learning new Photoshop techniques to create a variety of projects that may be included in a graphic design portfolio. PREREQUISITE: Vis Com A

What Is Graphic Design/Commercial Art?

Commercial art, often called advertising art, is used to sell goods and services. It is different from fine art, which exists for its own sake. Commercial artists are typically employed by advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, graphic design firms, television studios and similar businesses. Many commercial artists work for themselves as freelance designers.

Overview of Commercial Art

Commercial art applies artistic principles to a variety of fields. Commercial artists design advertisements, logos, billboards, brochures, book covers, product packaging and other similar artwork. Their work is often used to sell, promote, explain, narrate and inform.


Commercial artists can specialize in graphic design and illustration, among other areas. Illustrators create images for use in books, magazines and stationery. Graphic designers create artwork and layouts for books, newspapers, magazines, television, product packaging and the Internet. Graphic design professionals often work in advertising, marketing or related fields.

Education Requirements

Many positions require an undergraduate degree in art or a related field. Commercial art instruction is commonly available through associate degree programs offered by two-year community colleges. The curriculum in these programs can serve as entry-level training or prepare program graduates to continue their education in commercial photography, media arts or illustration bachelor's degree programs.

Students in an associate degree program can expect to complete courses in commercial art and illustration, color theory, graphic design, desktop publishing, typography, multimedia design and photography. They should also take courses that can familiarize them with the computer software programs commonly used in the commercial art business, such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Students interested in commercial art careers might also want to participate in internships to improve their professional skills and develop their portfolio. This collection of work showcases commercial artists' skills to potential employers, and it can be essential to landing a job.

Salary Information reports that as of March 2014, commercial artists earned a median salary of $45,000. During this period, most commercial artists earned between $22,139 and $78,906 per year in total pay, which includes bonuses, overtime pay and other earnings.

General Downloads

Read this first if you have questions about the school camera.
Review Unit II (23.04 KB)
Review Unit I (22.53 KB)
AP Studio Art 2-D (349.64 KB)
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Drawing Terms (32.26 KB)
Values Spheres (331.26 KB)
Drawing Noses (1.48 MB)
View Finder (19.97 KB)
Landscape Terms (24.06 KB)
Basic Research (30.72 KB)
Basket Stitches (24.06 KB)