Welcome to Grapevine High School's Visual Arts website!

GHS has an incredibly rich artistic history. Our students experience a wide range of class offerings from exceptionally professional and highly skilled teachers. Please see below the teacher's contact information as well as available classes in our program. 

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Jeffrey Nisbet, Department Learning Leader, Art History Program & AP 2D Design jeffrey.nisbet@gcisd.net

Kelly Richey, Art 1 & 3D Program
kelly.richey@gcisd.net

Allen Riddell, Art 1, Painting and Drawing Program, AP Drawing
allen.riddell@gcisd.net

Kristy Hansen, Art 1 & Belles Program
kristy.hansen@gcisd.net


Art I

(Enrollment Based)
Course No. 0750
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Prerequisite:  None

This course offers the beginning art student a foundational survey of studio art.  A variety of media, techniques, themes, vocabulary, and processes will be explored throughout the year.  Basic drawing, painting, and sculpture skills will be developed, and color theory will be explored. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs will integrate the elements and principles of art through intentional composition and will incorporate student voice.  Art history tie-ins and student critiques will help the student gain a greater understanding of how artists work. Each student will demonstrate his/her accomplishments through a digital portfolio of work.

Pre-AP Art I

(Enrollment Based)
Course No. 0775
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Prerequisite:  portfolio review and/or teacher recommendation

This course offers art students interested in a path towards Advanced Placement courses a strong fundamental experience in studio art.  A variety of media, techniques, themes, and thinking processes will provide a strong foundational survey of studio art. Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography skills will be developed through meaningful projects.  Color theory will also be explored. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs will integrate the elements and principles of art through intentional compositions. Students will have a platform to investigate original artworks that incorporate their student voice. Art history tie-ins and student critiques will help the student gain a greater understanding of how artists work.  Each student will demonstrate his/her accomplishments through a digital portfolio of work.

Pre-AP Art History

(Enrollment Based)
Course No. 0782
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Recommended: Freshmen

This course is designed to introduce students to themes and concepts of art history with the goal of preparing students to be successful in Advanced Placement Art History.  The aim of the course is to introduce students to the rich traditions of western and non-European architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms through factual knowledge and the skillful use of principles of aesthetics and comparative criticism.  Students will learn how to respond to works of art with intelligence and sensitivity, examining the major forms of artistic expression of the past and the distant cultures as well as those of their own time and environment. Project-based learning will be incorporated to deepen conceptual understanding and research and writing will be used to strengthen analytical skills.

Pre-AP Art II

(Enrollment Based)
Course No.  0776
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Prerequisite:  Pre-AP Art I, Art I, or teacher recommendation
Portfolio Review by Instructor

This course builds upon the fundamentals and rigor of Pre-AP Art 1 for the art student interested in pursuing Advanced Placement studio courses.  This course focuses on developing techniques and processes in a variety of areas including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and mixed media. Emphasis will be on developing compositional skills using the art elements to enhance the principles of design, expressing the student’s individual creativity and voice through artistic themes.  Art history tie-ins and student critiques will help articulate student’s greater understanding of personal experimentation and investigation of art making processes.  Each student will demonstrate his/her accomplishments through a digital portfolio of work.

Drawing/Painting II – IV
(Enrollment Based)
Course No. II - 0767
Course No. III - 0768
Course No. IV - 0769
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1-3
Prerequisite:  Art I or Pre-AP Art 1,  or teacher recommendation
Portfolio Review by Instructor

This course builds upon the fundamentals of art for the student interested in pursuing additional studio courses.  This course focuses on developing techniques and processes in a variety of areas. Emphasis will be on developing the student’s individual creativity and voice through artistic themes.  Art history tie-ins and student critiques will help articulate student’s greater understanding of personal experimentation and investigation of art making processes.

Sculpture II – IV
(Enrollment Based)
Course No. II - 0751
Course No. III - 0752
Course No. IV - 0753
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Prerequisite:  Art I or Pre-AP Art 1

A variety of sculpture media and methods will be explored including, but not limited to, plaster, wire, rock, mosaic, digital, jewelry, wood and ceramics.  The materials and techniques will range from year to year and will be unique to teacher leadership. This course provides the art student interested in advanced placement 3D Design courses the opportunity to build upon the fundamental Art I skills, specifically geared towards three dimensional artwork.  Emphasis will be on developing skills and craftsmanship as well as incorporating student voice into contemporary themes of investigation.


AP Studio Art: Drawing
(Enrollment Based)
Course No. 0758
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Prerequisite:  2 years of high school level art classes (1 year with teacher recommendation)
Portfolio Review by Instructor

This course is designed to provide the experienced art student with the opportunity to create a comprehensive portfolio based on Advanced Placement Drawing guidelines.  This portfolio will address competent and expressive mark making through light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and illusion of depth.  Abstract, observational, and inventive works may be demonstrated through a variety of art media. In the first week of May, the portfolio will be submitted to the College Board for college-level AP credit.  Critiques will play an integral role in articulating conceptual thinking and experimental processes. Students will be expected to work outside of class in order to complete portfolio requirements.

AP Studio Art: 2D Design
(Enrollment Based)
Course No. 0757
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Prerequisite:  2 years of high school level art classes (1 year with teacher recommendation)
Portfolio review by Instructor

This course is designed to provide the experienced art student with the opportunity to create a comprehensive portfolio based on AP 2-D design guidelines.  This portfolio is intended to address purposeful decision making about how to employ the elements and principles of art in an integrative, conceptual, and graphic design way.  For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 2-D design through any two-dimensional medium or process, including, but not limited to, Photography, Graphic Design, and Performance.  In the first week of May, the portfolio will be submitted to the College Board for college-level AP credit. Critiques will play an integral role in articulating conceptual thinking and experimental processes.  Students will be expected to work outside of class in order to complete portfolio requirements.


AP Studio Art: 3D Design
(Enrollment Based)
Course No. 0762
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Prerequisite:  2 years of high school level art classes (1 year with teacher recommendation)
Portfolio review by Instructor

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to create three dimensional works of art and submit them for Advanced Placement credit.   Students will be exploring specific media and subjects that were found in their general survey of sculpture classes and will look at their work critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and attempt to articulate what they see and experience.  In the first week of May, the portfolio will be submitted to the College Board for college-level AP credit. Critiques will play an integral role in articulating conceptual thinking and experimental processes. Students will be expected to work outside of class in order to complete portfolio requirements.


Art Portfolio —Independent Study
(Enrollment Based)
(Local Credit Only)
Course No. 0774
Semesters:  2 - 4; Credits:  1 - 2
Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior Classification
Requirement:  must be concurrently enrolled in Art AP

This course is designed for the advanced art student who wants to continue the study of art and develop a personal style.  The student works with the art teacher to select projects which will help expand his/her knowledge and skills. Each student works independently toward set goals.  Students planning to major in art in college will complete their application portfolio. Students may be enrolled in Art Independent Study for no more than four semesters. This course is also designed for the advanced art history student who wants to continue the study of art history. Curricula will be on a case-by-case scenario.


AP Art History
(Enrollment Based)
Course No. 0773
Semesters:  2; Credits: 1
Recommended:  Sophomore, Junior or Senior Classification
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Art History, AP Human Geography, and/or Pre-AP or AP World Geography strongly recommended

Advanced Placement Art History invites students to discover the diversity in and connections among forms of artistic expression throughout history and from around the globe. Students learn about how people have responded to and communicated their experiences through art making by exploring art in its historic and cultural contexts. This course welcomes students into the global art world as active participants, engaging with its forms and content as they research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art. Culture, religion, and artistic practices are interwoven with historical context. This course culminates in the AP exam offered by the College Board in the first week of May.

*GHS has the number 2 ranked AP Art History program in the state and the number 4 ranked program in the country.


ADVANCED ART HISTORY SEMINAR – POST AP ART HISTORY
(Enrollment Based)
Course No. 0783
Semesters: 2; Credits: 1
Required Prerequisite: Senior or Junior Classification, AP Art History required with “A” average, Enrollment Essay due in spring of preceding year received by April 1st.

This course is designed specifically for juniors and seniors who have successfully completed AP Art History and are looking to deepen their understanding of art history, research methodology,  and contemporary aesthetics. The Advanced Art History Seminar allows students to engage in rigorous, theoretical and conceptual dialogue. Students will further their understanding and experience with art history through research, writing, seminar discussion, comparative analysis, formal analysis, and presentations.