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Student have the opportunity to take a variety of classes and join clubs that enhance their ideation process and bring their creative ideas to life. Whether it be a pen and paper, paint brush and canvas or mouse and keyboard, IHS provides students with the tools to develop skills through a multitude of mediums.

3D Printer

Students in our graphic design courses are taught how to take their 2D creations from the computer screen to a tangible 3D object. IHS has an industrial 3D printer that is readily accessible for any student enrolled in graphic design classes. Students are trained how to properly and safely use this new technology and have used it to print objects such as games pieces, animals, movie replicas such as R2D2 and more!

Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park is an end-of-the-year Fine Arts event that gives students the opportunity to showcase their artwork. In the past, students have chosen to display their digital artwork, paintings, drawings, 3D prints, sculptures and even a student-made mini golf course!

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Available Courses

0750 Introduction To Art CP

1 Credit

This course will concentrate on the basics of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Introduction to Art is a foundational-level class focusing on the process of creating artwork in a variety of media such as pencil, paint, polymer clay, wire, and more. Concepts such as composition and perspective, as well as the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be addressed. Students will be required to think about their own creative process, and utilize critical thinking skills in order to improve their artwork. They will be introduced to the vocabulary of art, and will be asked to use such vocabulary in class critiques.

0752 3-D Sculpture and Design CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Offered in even years

Students will focus on creating artwork that goes into the three-dimensional plane (3-D). This course will expand on the sculpture techniques learned in the Introduction to Art course. The class will also gain an understanding of how the 2-D concepts and techniques learned in Introduction to Art can help bolster their three-dimensional work. The importance of working from good references (both picture and life) will be stressed as a means to build up the student’s visual library. Such a library will enhance their skill at interpreting their ideas in 3-D space. Students will work in both additive and subtractive sculpture methods, and work in a variety of materials such as polymer clay, oil-based clay, wood, paper, and metal.


0612 Graphic Design I CP

1 Credit

This course meets the Fine Arts requirement for graduation

This course will introduce students to the broad field of graphic arts. Through hands-on projects, students will learn about design fundamentals, color theory, typography, and the design process. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of technical concepts and detail related to graphic design, computer applications, digital and traditional photography, and career opportunities. Students will learn the basics of the Adobe Creative Suite to design and produce a variety of printed products and display graphics.

0613 Graphic Design II

1 Credit

Graphic Design II is an extension of Graphic Design I. The students will be involved with advanced techniques in photo manipulation, page and package design, and digital printing. Students will gain significant knowledge of the different programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. This course will significantly increase understanding of design thinking and problem solving as well as visual literacy

0614 Graphic Design III UCONN

1 Credit

This course is an intensive experience in designing for the digital arts. Students engage in a wide range of real-world projects in order to better understand the media and methodologies that form their foundation. Creating digital work is not so much about learning software, as it is about exploring new ways to share and communicate information. It is also as much about thinking and imagination as about doing. As creative produces of content students need to understand the effective uses of communication media and the ways in which information can be visualized and perceived by an audience. The objective of this course is to stimulate students to critically explore and comment upon the digital world they are immersed in, and to empower them to develop their own facility, perspective and interests of a rapidly growing industry. The students will design, create and produce a product for a client.

0606 Digital School Productions

1 Credit

This collaborative photojournalism class has the primary goal of producing an accurate, thorough, and consistent record of the lives, emotions, and activities of the Immaculate High School students through the production of the yearbook as well as a weekly digital newsletter once the yearbook is completed. Students will have the opportunity to express their creativity while developing new skills in computer design, photography, editing, marketing, and budget management. Members of this class are expected to be responsible, self-motivated students that work well in a group. They will develop leadership skills through managing their own individual projects as each student takes on their specific roles in the production of the yearbook and newsletter.

0752 3-D Sculpture and Design CP

1 Credit

Students will focus on creating artwork that goes into the three-dimensional plane (3-D). This
course will expand on the sculpture techniques learned in the Introduction to Art course. The
class will also gain an understanding of how the 2-D concepts and techniques learned in
Introduction to Art can help bolster their three-dimensional work. The importance of working
from good references (both picture and life) will be stressed as a means to build up the
student’s visual library. Such a library will enhance their skill at interpreting their ideas in 3-D
space. Students will work in both additive and subtractive sculpture methods, and work in a
variety of materials such as polymer clay, oil-based clay, wood, paper, and metal.

0780 Portfolio Development/Individual Study H

1 Credit

This course is designed for students who want to continue their art education. The student will create a variety of highly refined artwork for their college application portfolio. Students in this course will have many options when it comes to creating their artwork in terms of subject matter and media. The importance of the artistic process and problem solving will be the focus of this course. Becoming self-sufficient in the area of critique will help students identify and fix their artwork’s deficiencies. Learning how to work through mistakes and utilize critical thinking to solve such events will help the student evolve as an artist.

0781 AP Studio Art: Drawing

1 Credit

This is an intensive course that is designed for students serious about continuing their art education through college. The student will create a minimum of 24 highly refined works of art for their AP Portfolio. Students in this course will focus on three areas to fill out their portfolio: quality, a concentration and breadth. Students will be expected to pursue mastery in concept, composition and execution of drawing. The importance of the artistic process, creative integrity, and problem solving will be a focus of this course.

0751 Painting & Drawing CP

1 Credit

Students will focus on creating artwork on the two-dimensional (2-D) plane. The course will reinforce and go beyond the concepts that were covered in Introduction to Art. The importance of working from good references (both picture and life) will be stressed as a means to build up the student’s visual library. Such a library will enhance their skill at representing the three- dimensional world on a 2-D space. The course will delve deeply into the issues of value, color, and composition. Students will create many types of pieces, including landscapes, portraits, still life and abstract works of art.