Course: AR110 Basic Photo

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area: Art

Type: Standard

Credits: 0.5

Course Information:

In this introductory course, students will learn typography, layout design, and practical uses for graphic design. In addition to building design skills, students will learn digital art-making processes and problem-solving skills that will help them build on their creative response. Students will learn about historical and contemporary practices involving art and technology, and will create their own works in these forms. The class serves as a prerequisite for Graphic Design Studio.



  • Understand, identify and describe the Elements and Principles of Design

  • Understand compositional concepts in design such as negative space, framing, and rule of thirds

  • Understand what an exposure is

  • Understanding of shutter speed: its role in exposure as well as its role in freezing or blurring moving objects

  • Understanding of aperture is: its role in exposure as well as how it affects depth of field in addition to how depth of field is also affected by the distance between camera and subject and the subject’s background

  • Knowledge of photo management/organization, filing and editing

  • Basic understanding of tools and techniques in PhotoShop

  • Knowledge of darkroom safety and procedures including chemical process in developing paper

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to use the Nikon D40 camera using manual focus


  • Demonstrate ability to take an in focus and well-exposed photograph

  • Construct quality photographs that utilize the Elements and Principles of Design and other compositional techniques and concepts

  • Safely perform darkroom processes: using an enlarger, developing paper

  • Demonstrate how to properly expose photo paper in given situations and conditions for the purpose of creating art

  • Measure and mount finished artwork for display


  • Students are able to analyze and critique their own work in written form as well as work done by other artists

Notes:  Students will need a SD memory card (2GB min.) for this class.