Arts

Visual Arts

Create, Collaborate, Connect

Our Visual Arts program focuses both on studio projects, as well as visits to art spaces, critiques, guest lectures, and class discussions. Students practice skills in drawing, design, painting, sculpture, art history, and appreciation. Additionally, students can branch out into the study of digital photography, deeper studio art work, puppet making, collage, and a variety of other art explorations.

Foundation Arts

The Foundation Arts course is true to its name in that it lays a foundation in visual arts and covers a number of core skills and concepts. Course time is spent on studio projects, class and guest lectures, visits to art spaces, critiques, and class discussions; assignments allow students to practice the skills learned.

Basic Drawing
Students acquire basic skills in areas such as value, composition, texture and perspective, using such materials as charcoal, graphite, markers, and colored pencils.

Design
Students learn the communication of visual ideas, layout, and composition.

Painting
Students experiment with a variety of painting media: watercolor, acrylic, and tempera paints.

Sculpture:
Students learn how to create three-dimensional pieces using simple materials such as clay, wire, and mixed media.

Digital Media
Students learn the basics in digital storytelling using iMovie, Google Docs, and PowerPoint for visual and oral presentations as well as some basic Photoshop skills.

Art History & Appreciation
Students learn about individual artists by studying one in particular and by doing an oral presentation to the class. In addition, various artistic movements are discussed as they relate to assignments and the final project. Students visit museums and galleries and write reviews about the shows they have seen.

Following completion of Foundation Arts, students may take higher level art electives.


Examples of Student Work: Foundation Arts

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