Visual Arts 2014-2015

 

Visual Literacy
1 term, 2 days/week, non-solid, ¼ credit, B

** This course is a pre-requisite for any Drawing, Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture and Photography courses
Through discussion and hands-on application of basic art materials, Visual Literacy introduces essential concepts, techniques, and procedures relating to visual expression. In our “information age,” television, film, the Internet, and the print media feature images that are designed to convey information or influence attitudes, so literacy means not only the ability to read and write but also the ability to understand, interpret, and produce drawings, paintings, photographs, computer graphics, or other forms of visual expression. Students learn how to “see” images like never before, how to recognize their power to shape attitudes and perceptions, and how to create images that inspire and inform. 

 

Art History I
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, ½ credit

Art History I is taught topically, rather than linerally and covers the modern world beginning with the early 17th century, by looking at the art of significant individuals, movements, and cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Aligned with Term 1 and 2 of Humanities 10: Global Perspectives curriculum, Art History I will deepen the student's exploration, critical analysis and understanding of the importance of humanities shared artistic heritage in architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms. 

 

Art History II
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, ½ credit

Art History II is taught topically, rather than linerally and covers the modern world beginning with the early 17th century, by looking at the art of significant individuals, movements, and cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Aligned with Term 3 and 4 of Humanities 10: Global Perspectives curriculum, Art History II will deepen the student's exploration, critical analysis and understanding of the importance of humanities shared artistic heritage in architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms.  Art History I is NOT a pre-requisite for Art History II.

 

Basic Videography
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, 1/2 credit

Basic Videography introduces the student to the use of video as an artistic medium.  Photographic composition, narrative sequencing, and basic digital processing are the foundation of hte course.  Students are expected to supply their own DSLR camera capable of shooting HD video with a 32 GB SD card.  Video production and editing will be complimented by examining signification historical developments in the medium and the application of aesthetic critical methods.
 

 

 Drawing
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, ½ credit, B

Drawing students learn to thoughtfully employ line and value to arrive at an image while using a variety of media including pencil, inks, and charcoal. The course is designed to give experience in drawing, from simple descriptions of objects to spatial relationships. Through Drawing, students discover the art of visual communication in a step-by-step examination of common visual ideas. The lives and works of artists, significant historical developments in painting and drawing, and an introduction to aesthetic critical methods will complement this study. 

 

Drawing Advanced
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, 1/2 credit

Portrait and Figure Drawing engages the advanced student who would like to concentrate on the human form as a vehicle for visual expression. Using various drawing materials, students develop their understanding of skeletal and muscle anatomy, learn measuring techniques and proportions for the face and figure, and deepen their experience of drawing as a means of visual communication. The lives and works of artists, whose figurative paintings and drawings present a significant contribution to the field of art history, and an introduction to aesthetic critical methods will complement this study.  An Honors grade is possible with this course through reflective reading, art historical writing and portfolio performance equivalent of an additional 1 hour's work per week.

 

Ceramics
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, ½ credit

Ceramics stresses the creative use of clay through hand-building of both functional and purely aesthetic forms.  Students explore three dimensional design, introductory glazing and surface applications.  The historical study of cultures and clay, the lives and works of artists who have advanced significant work in ceramic media, and an introduction to aesthetic critical methods will complement this study.

 

Ceramics Seminar: Wheel Thrown Forms
2 terms, 2days/week, non-solid, ½ credit

Though unknown in the Amreica's before 1500AD, the potter's wheel significantly impacted the creation of functional forms across many cultures from far eastern Asia to Western Europe for over 5,000 years.  The primary objectives of this course is to teach the art of 'thrown' forms using the potter's wheel.  The work of  selected cultures and artists, significant historical developments in the medium and aesthetic critical methods will complement this study.  An Honors grade is possible with this course through reflective reading, art historical writing and portfolio performance equivalent of an additional 1 hour's work per week.

 

Basic Black & White Photography
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, 1/2 credit, B

Basic Black and White Photography is a film chemistry-based class that introduces the student to camera and darkroom techniques from film to final print. Photographic composition, film development, and basic black and white processing are the foundation of the course. The lives of photographers, significant historical developments in the medium, and an introduction to aesthetic critical methods will complement this study.   Students are required to provide and maintain a personal 35mm Manual SLR film camera.

 

Photography Advanced
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, ½ credit

This course will deepen the students understanding of the photographic process. Alternative methods, advanced composition, and creative print applications will be explored. The lives of photographers, significant historical developments in the medium and an attention to aesthetic critical methods will complement this study.  An Honors grade is possible with this course through reflective reading, art historical writing and portfolio performance equivalent of an additional 1 hour's work per week.


Photography Seminar: Digital Still Photography
2 terms, 2days/week, non-solid, 1/2 credit

This course explores the world of fine photography using the digital SLR format.  Photographic composition, color theory, and the processing of RAW data files using Photoshop CS5 are the foundation of this course.  The lives of contemporary photographers, significant developments in teh history of photography, and an introduction to aesthetic critical methods will complement this study.  Students are required to provide and maintain a personal digitial SLR camera.  An Honors grade is possible with this course through reflective reading, art historical writing and portfolio performance equivalent of an additional 1 hour's work per week.  Pre-requisite: Basic Black & White Photography

 

Painting
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, 1/2 credit

From preparatory drawings to the finished canvas, Painting enables the student to investigate the artistic process of interpreting the visual world on a two-dimensional surface. Students explore the hand/eye relationship, composition, meaning making, and expression through use of acrylic painting media. The lives of painters, significant historical developments in the medium, and an introduction to aesthetic critical methods complement this study. 

 

Painting Advanced
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, 1/2 credit

Painting Advanced is designed for the student who would like to build upon skills and knowledge gained in Painting by investigating the possibilities of the medium from painted studies to stretched canvas. The lives of painters, significant historical developments in the medium and aesthetic critical methods will complement this study.  An Honors grade is possible with this course through reflective reading, art historical writing and portfolio performance equivalent of an additional 1 hour's work per week.

 

 

Sculpture Form
2 terms, 2 days/week, nonsolid, 1/2 credit

Sculpture Form students have the opportunity to explore the wide range of 3-dimensional visual expression from the practice of art making through the study of Art History and Art Criticism.  The lives and works of artists, the foundation of visual criticism, and explorations in three-dimensional media: both additive and subtractive sculpture will be covered in an integrated comprehensive study.


Sculpture Seminar: Equine Sculpture
2 terms, 2 days/week, non-solid, 1/2 credit

Working from live horses, students in this course will learn how to construct a wire armature and apply oil-based clay to develop and model forms. The objectives is to complete an equine sculpture in correct proportion and anatomical structure. The work of selected cultures and artists, significant developements in the medium, and critical evaluation will complement this study.  An Honors grade is possible with this course through reflective reading, art historical writing and portfolio performance equivalent of an additional 1 hour's work per week.

 

Honors Seminar: Visual Art Portfolio
4 terms, 3 days/week, 1 credit, C

(Seniors only with department permission. Pre-requisite: any three Visual Art Courses)
Visual Art Portfolio/Honors allows the advanced visual art student to concentrate on an in-depth exploration of one or two visual art media with an emphasis of presentation and exhibition. This class addresses the needs of the individual student in preparing an honors or senior exhibition.  A foundation in the elements and principles of visual composition will be the common connection between the students in this course.  An individual plan of study will be developed with each student and assessed and revised, if necessary, each term.  The ability to work independently is an expectation of this class. 

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