Basic studio gives students the opportunity of exploring in depth major areas of the visual arts: drawing, painting and printmaking. Emphasis is placed on technical skills, the fundamentals of composition, theories of color and the manipulation of space. Each student presents a sketchbook for evaluation on a weekly basis and is expected to prepare a portfolio of work for evaluation and exhibition at the conclusion of the course. Semester course – ½ credit.
Drawing is the basis for all serious artwork. Students explore a wide range of media (charcoal, pencil, conte, pen and wash) and will learn gesture drawing, contour, still life, perspective and figure drawing. Students are required to present a sketchbook for evaluation on a weekly basis, and a portfolio of finished assignments is presented for evaluation and exhibition at the completion of the course. Semester course – ½ credit.
Photography is the most ubiquitous of the visual arts; we are confronted daily by newspapers, magazines and advertisements created by photographers. Digital photography is the most exciting new method of making art to be introduced in the past twenty years. This course teaches students to understand the principles involved in making photographs, and helps them learn to discriminate between the excellent and the ordinary; it provides them with the basic tools necessary to become excellent photographers. Students learn to use the Adobe Photoshop program to manipulate images to produce imaginative work in digital photography and fine art. Students are expected to present a portfolio of work for evaluation and exhibition at the end of the course. Prerequisite: Basic Studio, Drawing. Semester course – ½ credit.
The development of a personal style is the major objective of this course, which allows students to explore all the major media available to a painter (oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, gouache, tempera, pen and wash). Students learn color theory and the principles of composition, including the golden section, axial and radial balance, symmetry and asymmetry, variation, dominance, the use of the focal point, isolation and more. They study the works of the great masters and visit museums to observe, first hand, the personal brushstrokes of these masters. Assignments include works based on the human figure, nature, still life and individual imagination. Students are expected to present a sketchbook for evaluation weekly. A portfolio of works in at least four media is presented for evaluation and exhibition at the completion of the course.
Prerequisite: Basic Studio, Drawing. Semester course – ½ credit.
SCULPTURE AND CERAMICS
Working in three dimensions, whether in clay, metal, wood or stone, can be the most satisfying of all creative endeavors. This course enables students to explore many of these media in depth. Students study human and abstract forms using traditional techniques, such as additive clay sculpture, armature construction and subtractive plaster sculpture. Clay sculptures are fired and glazed, and plaster sculptures may be painted, stained, or left white. Students are required to present a portfolio of works for evaluation and exhibition at the end of the course. Prerequisites: Basic Studio, Drawing.
Semester course – ½ credit.
This is a course designed for the serious photographer who has a clear idea about the material and methodology he or she wishes to explore. Experimentation and innovation are encouraged. The emphasis in this course is on context; students at
the advanced level are expected to have a strong sense of form and compositional elements. Assignments will be broadly based; students are expected to present a portfolio of work for evaluation and exhibition at the end of the course.
Prerequisite: Photography. Semester course – ½ credit.
The Video Editing course focuses on three main topics: one, an understanding and critique of the conventions of story and commercial in video; two, basic digital video editing via Apple’s iMovie, version 10; and three, video file production and manipulation. There are ten projects for the term and a final project, which will be a full 3.5 minute music video. Each grade is comprised of daily participation (30%), ten in-class assignments (35%), and the final project (35%). Semester course – ½ credit.
This course is offered to serious art students who are committed to developing high standards of technical expertise in one or more media. Many conceptual problems are posed, which students may solve in any media they choose. Students may pose problems of their own and, as the course progresses, they may explore a particular problem or subject in depth. Group collaborations and critiques are a major part of the course. Students who are applying to colleges or universities to study fine arts are required to develop and complete a college-level portfolio during the first semester of the course.
Prerequisites: 2 art credits, including Basic Studio and Drawing. Full year course – 1 credit.
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN STUDIO ART
For experienced art students who wish to pursue an in-depth study in a particular aspect of art. In conjunction with the instructor, the student sets up the objectives of the study. Permission of instructor and Associate Head of School is required, as are weekly meetings with the instructor. Credit will vary.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE (Grades 9-12)
This is a performance-based class that explores jazz through instrumental music. Students learn about the different jazz rhythms and styles found, for example, in the classic work of Duke Ellington and the modern sound of Miles Davis. Some classes are focused on the art of improvisation, which is an integral part of performances throughout the year. Students listen to and analyze recordings of jazz artists. Students are required to practice their instrumental parts, learning how to work together as a team, as they realize how their parts fit together to make a song complete. Full year course – 1 credit.
VOCAL MUSIC (Grades 9-12)
This course is designed to develop a student’s vocal style, as a soloist and as part of a musical ensemble. Students learn and experience the musical and interpretive possibilities of performance in a harmonizing group. Serious interest, enthusiasm for collaboration and willingness to practice are essential. Full year course – 1 credit.
An introduction to the elements of music and how these elements are used to create music. The course emphasizes fundamentals of music essential for study in written theory. Students will gain knowledge through exercises and the study, analysis and creation of music examples. Prerequisite: Ability to read music in treble and bass clefs. Full year course – 1 credit.
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MUSIC
For experienced art students who wish to pursue an in-depth study in a particular aspect of music. Permission of instructor and Associate Head of School is required. Credit will vary.