The Art Department offers all students the opportunity to develop their artistic skills. Students learn to be open and respectful as they take an experimental and creative approach to a variety of materials and develop a sense of the discipline and effort required to achieve results. Students discover the importance of careful organization, clear analytical thinking, and well-focused goals as well as an awareness of the joy of learning, thinking, and creating.
In this one semester course, students learn the basic methods of drawing. They use perspective, negative space, contour, shading, diagramming, and graphing to transform three dimensional objects into two dimensional drawings. Students are also introduced to different mediums and genres in art. They create paper mache sculptures, mosaic collages and “Inner Self Portraits” which allow them to express themselves through concept and technique. Students complete the course with knowledge of a range of drawing methods giving a foundation for future art courses.
In this course students build on their basic drawing skills and begin to develop a personal vision or portfolio. They learn a variety of genres and mediums, and they make choices about their own artistic style as they apply those genres and mediums in their own work. Students also learn more advanced drawing techniques such as figure drawing and two point perspective in order to build up to college level drawing skills. The emphasis of the course is on developing a portfolio and building a strong foundation for students interested in taking Advanced Placement Drawing during their senior year.
In this course students demonstrate mastery of concept, composition, and execution of personal ideas and themes. Using what they’ve learned about technique, genre, and medium, students produce a portfolio showcasing quality, concentration, and breadth. Through research, critical thinking, verbal critiques, and goal setting, each student identifies the elements of quality work in order to evaluate others’ work and produce their own completed pieces.