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Studio Art & Design

Studio Art & Design

Site: Orange High School
Two-year program: grades 11-12
The expectation in Studio Art & Design is to prepare self-motivated, creative students for careers in the visual arts by developing a comprehensive portfolio for college acceptance. The program aims to prepare students to be, College & Career Ready.
     All art students will be introduced to the multiple careers in the visual arts through the use of social media, guest speakers, class instruction and our own professional networking resource, “ARTatWORK.”
Instructor: Dan Whitely

  • Education: Master of Arts/Major Studio Painting-Kent State University; 7-12 Secondary Education Certification-Hiram College; Bachelor Fine Arts/Illustration-Painting - Cleveland Institute of Art.
  • Work Experience: Studio Art & Design Instructor, Art Department Chairperson-Shaker Heights City Schools.
  • Awards: Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Awardees, 2008; The Scholastic Art & Writing Award Outstanding Recognition (formational student work honors): 2003-2009, Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition-Top 25 Teacher 2001, 2008; National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Teacher Recognition Certificate 2006-2007 Young ARTS program

Additional Information

PREREQUISITE: Studio Art packet completed, six portfolio pieces, reference letter from art teacher and interview with Excel TECC instructor 

Credits: 3 credits each year (2 Courses/yr-1.5 credits each)

•    To embrace creative problem solving and visual communications while developing individual expressions within content, image and message.
•    To analyze interdisciplinary connections that influence social and cultural contexts of visual imagery. 

•    To identify, examine and understand the aesthetic, stylistic and functional considerations of designing objects, environments and communications.
•    To create a portfolio of art works that demonstrates high level of craftsmanship and conceptual understanding for display in various regional and national student exhibitions.

•    To expand visual literacy as a means to create images that advance individual expression and communication.
•    To develop and support a personal philosophy of art based on aesthetic theories and understanding of visual culture. 

•    To investigate and plan strategies for lifelong involvement and advocacy of the arts.


•    Business of Arts & Communication
•    Visual Creation

•    Visual Design Primer

•   Advertising & Communication 

•   CT2 - 6 sem hours/all OH public colleges

•   Kent State University-up to 12 credits
•   Lakeland Community College-up to 3 credits

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Display Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Package Design
  • Advertising
  • Illustration
  • Cartoon Illustration
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Multimedia

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