Two major goals guide the visual arts department. The first is the development of technical skill. Each course offers students an active experience with the materials, techniques, processes, and vocabulary necessary for a solid foundational ability and understanding of visual art and design. The second is the development of personal artistic vision. The program offers exciting opportunities for beginning students to discover talents unacknowledged in the past and for advanced students to set in motion their personal artistic vision. Studio courses in design, drawing/painting, ceramics, mixed-media sculpture, photography, and art history and aesthetics seminars provide an environment of stimulating intellectual and creative inquiry.
Art VI: Art Survey
This year-long course introduces concepts and builds skills which serve as a foundation for more advanced art courses. Topics in design, drawing, painting, and sculpture are explored over the course of the year. The emphasis of this course is a general overview of art disciplines and techniques with themes integrating components of art history, criticism, aesthetics, and studio experience.
Art VII: Drawing
This course is a two-term series of classes that concentrates on the students' observational drawing skills. The primary objective is for the students to improve their ability to see, and then translate that sight into drawing form. Students learn to see drawing as a process rather than a product. They learn line, shape, light and shadow, perspective, color, and design. Students work with charcoal and graphite.
Art VII: Painting
This course is a two-term series of classes that concentrates on the students' observational drawing and painting skills. The primary objective is for the students to improve their ability to see, and then translate that sight into drawing and painting form. Students learn to see drawing and painting as a process rather than a product. They learn line, shape, light and shadow, perspective, color, and design. Students work with charcoal and both oil and acrylic paints. Aqueous media techniques are also introduced.
Art VIII: Clay
This term class focuses on learning how to translate two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional products. This becomes a very rich opportunity for each student to create tangible works of art that they first form from careful observation. Students will start by accurately drawing objects, then creating sculpture using the pinch and drape techniques, terra sigillata, and a smoke firing. Students will also construct and decorate a pottery form using the coil technique.