Our Visual Arts program offers experiences that inform and inspire a new language of communication with innovative approaches to problem solving, opportunities for in-depth exploration and collaboration, access to multimedia studios, and a solid foundation in the formal aspects of design.
Art 1 is a first-year foundation course that introduces formal design tools and media through the use of process-based strategies. Extensive ideation practices, awareness of emerging visual language, informed innovation, and energized creativity are folded into an inspiring, multimedia art studio. Art 1 is a prerequisite for Art 2, Digital Media, Ceramics, and Photography 1.
Art 2 is a second-year foundation course that continues the studies of Art 1. This course advances the exploration of formal design tools, media, and visual communication strategies in more advanced and complex ways. Articulation of message and a refinement of technical skills are at the heart of this process-oriented class.
The focus of this course is to develop an understanding of the student's own visual language and to encourage and challenge the growth of her understanding of the visual arts. Students continue to experiment with different mediums, techniques, and artistic styles in order to gain an understanding of how to produce a cohesive body of work. Students review advanced concepts in the formal aspects of art making, conceptual ideas of the 20th century, and the use of a wide variety of media. Students work individually in a studio atmosphere with frequent student/teacher consultation. A wide breadth of aesthetic experiences will help implement the creation of an organized portfolio of artworks by the end of the school year.
Studio Art is a course based on the creation of a substantial portfolio of mature and thematic artworks. Students receive individualized instruction, and no two students follow the exact same path to completion. The works created in this course can be submitted to colleges and universities seeking a portfolio requirement. The interdisciplinary nature of the portfolio allows for many different media, including but not limited to: photography, design, painting, printmaking, and installations. This experience increases the student's exposure to infinite possibilities in art making. The student directs the focus of the work, which leads to the creation of a unified body of related works. This course is structured to give highly motivated students the opportunity to create a portfolio that reflects their fundamental competency and understanding of visual literacy and to help identify and develop their unique visual language.
This entry-level course explores the hand-built engineering of ceramic sculpture, wheel-thrown form, surface application, and design. Students develop an understanding of the structural nature of clay and how to successfully create content-driven work in this pliable and culturally rich medium. Our studio is equipped with kick-wheel and electric pottery wheels, and various types of hand-building equipment aid in the creation of ceramic sculpture.
Digital Media is a course introducing the use of the computer as a tool for creative expression by integrating digital technology with fine and applied art principals and processes. Motivated by innovation, students develop the essential skills necessary for digital image-making, such as scanning, digital collage techniques, digital photography using Canon DSLRs, print design, package design, color printing, and manipulating imagery with the full Adobe creative suite software. Students gain an understanding of the complexity of visual communication and graphic design. Students explore the relationship between historical art periods and how they are often quoted in today's digital print media. Included in this course is an introduction to contemporary graphic design. Additionally, this course investigates conceptual aspects of digital artwork as well as copyright issues and ethics. Students will understand the cultural and social significance of digital media and graphic design.
An introduction to black-and-white photography, this course emphasizes darkroom techniques, exposure, film, and composition. Students learn to use the medium of photography as a mode of creative expression that helps them increase problem-solving abilities, experience informed criticism, heighten observational skills, and develop a greater understanding of the cultural context in which their work and historical works were created. Students are introduced to digital photography as a serious art form through Adobe Photoshop CC and the flexibility of digital camera manipulation. Students learn to present their work in a professional manner with the creation of a final 10-piece portfolio. Photography 1 is a prerequisite for Photography 2.
Photography 2 is an intermediate black-and-white laboratory course that instructs students in technical photographic processes and concepts while inspiring the creative exploration of imagery informed by student experience. In addition to advanced traditional film and darkroom techniques, students explore alternative processes that produce innovative, lens-based artwork.