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Coral Reef High School

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Coral Reef High School

10101 S.W. 152 Street

Miami, FL 33157

The Visual Arts Program

Education in the visual arts is based upon visual sensitivity, knowledge, ability, comprehension and integrity. When you apply these principles to your work you are creating objects and images of significance, things that have real meaning, not just a series of school projects. Ideally your artwork expresses your personal interests. this program Integrate a range of artistic disciplines to develop creative, capable and independent young artists.

Here’s what’s expected: Thanks for yourself. Use your best judgment at all times. Show courage, initiative, perseverance and ability and aim to acquire a real understanding of the artistic issues as you develop your art. Exhibit personal integrity. Respect the work of others. Exhibit the grace to accept occasional failure and learn quickly from it. Acknowledge objective criticism of your work. Mind your own business. The goal is to maintain an atmosphere of quiet, relaxed attentiveness in the studio. Keep electronic devices turned off and stored in your school bag. We use tools here, some of them sharp, some of them heavy, you must wear close toed shoes in the Studio. No shoes, no art.

The Academy fee is $60 per student per academic year. The fee may be paid online through the link on the school website during the first few weeks of school (OSP). These funds are used to purchase all the studios Supplies used in common. I will distribute come and materials during the first few weeks of the term and later as you need them. You will need to purchase a NEW 8" x 10” hardbound studio book.

Evaluation and grades

The criteria for visual works are:

  • Original visual concept
  • Technical excellence, quality craftsmanship and execution
  • Evidence of personal initiative and sustained involvement with the process
  • Visual unity of the work
  • Mastery of the skill or concept involved
  • Completion of the work by the deadline

You know how you should behave. Any behavior that disturbs the studio session or that promotes inattentiveness or that wastes materials won’t be tolerated. If I have reason to question your actions, we will speak with your parents immediately.


All assignments are given in advanced.

Get clarification BEFORE you turn in the artwork if you want feedback/corrections/advice.

Late artwork is accepted but will receive a lower grade.

Attendance is a legal document. if you're late- you're marked late. If you're absent you're marked absent until the attendance office informs the teacher. (If you're not in the room when the bell rings, you're considered late).

Keep cell phones in your bookbag at all times in class. You may not take your phone to the bathroom.

Always clean up your table/work area before dismissal.

No anime, manga, cartoons, comics or character work.

When emailing the Teacher please include your Full Name, Class Period and Grade. Kindly allow 24-48 hours for a response.

Studio Session Procedures

Studio sessions will begin promptly with a directed or free drawing, or writing in your drawing book. From there I’ll orient you to the days work. During sessions of independent work you will begin your personal project as soon as you finish the daily drawing and set up. When we are doing directed work I will give directions, explanations or demonstrations, then you will set up your work area and proceed. Clean up will begin about 10 minutes before the session is to end. Clean up your area thoroughly, secure your work and complete any other assigned cleanup duties. Class will be dismissed when the studio is in order.


Success in these courses requires sustained effort and meeting deadlines as you move through the course content. You will probably have to work some at home. You must complete all of the assignments each quarter in order to receive a passing grade. You will need an art supply box or toolbox to hold your gear.


All students are encouraged to exhibit high-quality artwork. The program offers many such opportunities on campus and off-campus 9th- 12th grade students will be encouraged to participate in a number of competitions and exhibition scheduled by the schools district Art office. Students will be selected to submit individual entries to the scholastics art competition.

Elysium (AP must enter)

3D Expressions

PTA Reflections

Superintendents Holiday Card Design Contest

MIA Gallery:

Pinecrest Gardens

Annual Impressions in Watercolor

Black History Month Exhibition

AKI AnnualDistrict- Wide Student Visual Art Competition

Taste of the Tropics

Young Artists Gallery (Seniors must enter 1 piece)

Scholastics (Seniors must enter 1 piece))

Resilience Art Auction at FIU

En Plein Air at Deering Estate

Art by the Bay at Thalatta Estate

Bat Boxes

Women's History Month Exhibition

The Annual Countywide Student Art Show (AP must submit a piece to Keller)

MIA Gallery #2

FAEA Student Virtual Exhibition Show

Haitian Heritage Month

All students are required to submit work for the possible inclusion in off-campus exhibits or sales.

You are required to help frame, matte organize, transport, install, and act as hosts for the exhibitions for which your work is selected.

For inclusion in certain exhibitions artwork must be of the highest quality, be properly mounted or matted, or otherwise suitably prepared for showing.

We will participate in most district sponsored juried exhibition’s and contests. Guidelines will be announced and posted as soon as they are available. Most of these exhibits will require a digital submission as well as physical. You are responsible for properly documenting your work.


Artistic and personal integrity demand that you create your own visual language and imagery. You must always be able to affirm that your work is original and that you have not, in whole or part, copied another artists image.

9th grade

  • Two- Dimensional Studio Art II

Two- Dimensional Studio Art II

Students develop and refine technical skills and create 2-D compositions with a variety of media in drawing, painting, plaster, wire, printmaking, collage, and/or design. Student artists sketch, manipulate, and refine the structural elements of art to improve mark-making and/or the organizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research, and/or imagination. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials. Exploring, planning and experimenting must be shown in the studiobook weekly.

10th grade

  • Two- Dimensional Studio Art III 
  • Prep for AP Drawing

Two- Dimensional Studio Art III

Students demonstrate proficiency in the conceptual development of content in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and/or design to create self-directed or collaborative 2-D artwork suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Students produce works that show evidence of developing craftsmanship and quality in the composition. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers. Through a focused investigation of traditional techniques, historical and cultural models, and individual expressive goals, students begin to develop a personal art style. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials, and prep for AP Drawing in Junior year. 

Exploring, planning and experimenting must be shown in the studiobook weekly.

11th grade

  • AP Drawing
  • Portfolio Development II

15 Sustained Investigation pieces on 1 theme. 5 Selected works= no theme. Focus on Line Quality, light/shading, rendering of forms, compassion, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark making. Portfolios must address a wide range of approaches and media. Included but not limited to: Painting, printmaking, mixed media. The range of marks to make drawings, the arrangement of those marks and the materials used to make those marks are endless. Explorations, planning and experimenting with each piece must be shown in the studiobook each week.

12th grade

  • AP Studio Art 2D
  • Portfolio Development III

15 sustained investigation pieces on 1 theme. 5 Selected works= no theme. Focus on the understanding of design principles as applied to a 2D surface. Unity/Variety, Bala​nce, Emphasis, Contrast, Rhythm/repetition, Proportion/Scale and Figure/ground relationships. This portfolio is intended to address purposeful decision-making about using the elements of art and principles of design in an integrative way. In AP 2D, you need to demonstrate an understanding of of deign principles as applied to a two-dimensional surface. Included but not limited to: painting, drawing, collage, fabrics, inks, weaving, printmaking and photography. Video clips and 3D work may NOT be submitted. Explorations, planning and experimenting with each piece must be shown in the studiobook each week.

The Golden Ratio is an irrational number that approx. equals 1.618. For artistically-minded people, the ratio- or better yet, the divine proportion- might be easier to understand visually. This is easiest to demonstrate with the golden spiral, which is often depicted and constructed within a rectangular frame.

While the result is technically not a truly logarithmic, or "golden" spiral, it is a close approximation. More importantly, this is the type of process artists have used to visualize and apply the divine proportion to their paintings throughout centuries. Here are examples of how the golden ratio can be applies to works from art history.