INTRODUCTION TO ART METHODS AND MATERIALS
This course is designed as a foundation for all other visual art courses. Students are introduced to a variety of art making processes and materials, with an emphasis on developing skills in two-and three-dimensional design.
Standards: VAC 1, VAC 2, M-FA 1
FUNDAMENTALS OF 2D AND 3D DESIGN
This course emphasizes the design process from start to finish, taking an idea from a rough sketch all the way to a fully designed 3-D form. Students produce creative abstract forms as well functional objects.
This course offers the student a basic understanding of hand-building techniques in clay. Fundamental glazing and surface decoration techniques are demonstrated and applied to both sculptural and functional forms.
This course is a continuation of Clay I. Alternative methods of glazing and firing practiced in other cultures will be introduced and applied to both sculptural and functional forms.
*Prerequisite: Clay I
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I
This course introduces students to the basics of digital photography hardware including camera operation, photographic composition principles, and beginning computer interface. Students explore image editing software applications. Emphasis is placed on the tools and techniques of the professional photographer.
This course introduces students to various drawing techniques and materials. Emphasis is on basic skills such as composition, value, and line. Media, such as pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and pastel are used while working on a variety of subject matter.
In Drawing II, students build on knowledge and skills acquired in the introductory drawing course. Students work from direct observation as well as invented images while incorporating advanced design principles such as figure/ground relationships. References to historic and contemporary drawing are integrated in all tasks.
Standards: VAD 1, 2, 3, 4; MGM 10
Prerequisites: Introduction to Drawing or permission of the instructor
PAINTING AND DESIGN
In this course students learn basic studio techniques in painting such as pictorial composition and color theory. While working with a range of subject matter, students use several media including tempera, acrylic, and watercolor. Each student is encouraged to develop their own visual vocabulary while studying the styles and techniques of the masters.
*Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing or permission of the instructor
GRAPHIC DESIGN I
This is a hands-on course that introduces the student to the field of graphic design through a variety of problem solving tasks, including designing logos, business cards, greeting cards, and brochures. Students use traditional methods and materials as well as current industry technology.
INDEPENDENT ART STUDIO
In Independent Art Studio, a student must select one area of concentration from those offered in the department. Working with a mentor teacher, the student writes and submits a proposal for advanced work in their chosen area of study. Student develops a portfolio of their work for final assessment and/or for college admission. This course is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts.
*Suggested for Juniors and seniors only who have already demonstrated proficiency in visual arts and are looking for an opportunity to continue with a rigorous course of study or permission of the instructor