Art Department Courses

PREREQUISITE (Freshmen and Sophomores)

STUDIO ART 360 – REQUIRED for Freshmen and Sophomores for all other art courses.

With so many varieties of art to choose form, how does one know where to begin? If you haven’t had the experience in art since middle school, how do you truly know where your skills, abilities, and true interest lie? Studio Art 360 is that place. Exploring all the differences in materials and mediums, techniques, styles and genres will help you know about many different approaches you can take in the arts. You will experience how you use the the elements and principles of art throughout all the different fields and you will work to create thought provoking and successful works of art. Regardless of your preconceived notions about your artistic abilities, the skills you will develop are lifelong and can be used on all the paths your life takes you.

Beginning with the essential approach to getting ideas down on paper through sketching, drawing and form building, you will have opportunities to work through many different materials. Some of the additional approaches you will experience include sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking, and the list continues. Studio Art 360 will give you a taste of all all that the arts have to offer. Studio Art  360 is an elective in the the art department. A prerequisite for freshmen and sophomores to revisit the ideas of making art and an open gateway to the rest of the courses offered. (Juniors and seniors are not required to take Studio Art 360, but are highly encouraged.)

2D Courses

DRAWING

Drawing students will develop their observation and accuracy skills as they progress through a variety of classroom assignments such as personal still lifes, perspective drawings, portraiture, figure drawing, and landscapes. A wide range of drawing media will be used as students complete assignments. Students will continue to develop compositional understanding by applying the elements and principles of design to their sketches/drawings. A variety of artists will be studied as students discover how they are relevant in art history and to the individual student’s work.

ADVANCED DRAWING

Advanced Drawing further explores technique, observational skills and personal style development. Mediums used will vary from pencil to pen and ink, charcoal, pastels and paints. Students will be challenged to create large-scale works and to make individual choices about mediums used to complete the classroom assignments in a personal style. Portraiture, figure drawing from clothed models, still lifes and landscapes are among the many subjects that may be explored. Individual style and creative problem solving skills will be developed. Historical and contemporary artists will be explored to further enhance the student artist’s knowledge and approach to creating works of art.

PAINTING – Watercolors and Acrylics (Merging in 2014 – 15 with Oils and Encaustics)

Painting – Watercolor and Acrylic explores the various techniques used in preparing for and creating watercolor and acrylic paintings. Color theory is closely examined in all aspects of this course so that students better understand how various colors are made and how they relate to one another in a visual composition. Students will explore plein air painting by going out of doors and create studies of the landscape around them that will in turn be developed into a final watercolor painting. By using their knowledge of color theory and compositional development, students will create abstract and realistic acrylic paintings. Historical and contemporary painters work will be explored to examine individual development, style, technique and problem solving approaches. Students will develop all of the skills necessary to prepare and stretch watercolor paper as well as construct and stretch canvas for acrylic painting.

PAINTING – Oils and Encaustic (Merging in 2014 – 15 with Watercolors and Acrylics)

Painting – Oils and Encaustic explores the various techniques used in preparing for and creating oil and encaustic paintings. Color theory is reviewed and emphasized in all aspects of this course so that students continue to reflect upon how various colors are made and how they relate to one another in a visual composition. Techniques such as alla prima, glazing, impasto and scumbling will be discussed and implemented into their paintings. Subjects of the paintings will vary from landscapes to portraits, abstractions to still lifes and also social commentaries. By using their knowledge of color theory, compositional development and their desire to develop a personal style, student’s works will vary on a personal level from abstraction to realistic works. Historical and contemporary painters work will be explored to examine individual development, style, technique and problem solving approaches. Students will further develop all of the skills necessary to construct and stretch canvas for oil painting and construct masonite supports for their encaustic work.

COMPUTER ILLUSTRATION

Computer Illustration offers students first hand experience with technology and techniques used by professionals in various graphic design and advertising fields. Adobe Photoshop introduces students to photo-manipulation as well as new approaches to rendering objects and creating drawn compositions. Adobe Illustrator works off of the student’s gained knowledge from Adobe Photoshop as another tool to use in creating drawn compositions, rendering objects and developing corporate identities. Adobe PageMaker allows students to successfully create page layouts such as they would find in magazines, advertising posters and other print media. Students develop creative problem solving abilities related to the fields of graphic design through the use of digital media, computer programs, digital cameras and flatbed scanners. A perfect class for anyone interested in learning about digital imaging, graphic design and advertising.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography will introduce students to the technological and compositional skills needed to take successful photographs. Students will be using Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Digital Cameras to capture images and Adobe Photoshop to develop their images. All of the traditional SLR camera skills will be taught along with an exploration of the history of photography. Students will develop their skills through a variety of guided lessons that will progress into self-exploration of photography as artistic media. (A digital camera is not required for this course.)

ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography will introduce students to the technological and compositional skills needed to take successful photographs. Students will be using Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Digital Cameras to capture images and Adobe Photoshop to develop their images. All of the traditional SLR camera skills will be taught along with an exploration of the history of photography. Students will develop their skills through a variety of guided lessons that will progress into self-exploration of photography as artistic media. (A digital camera is not required for this course.)

AP STUDIO ART

AP Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art students submit in depth portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP program is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to secondary school students. The instructional goals of the AP Studio Art program can be described as follows:

* Encourage creativity as well as systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues. * Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision-making. * Develop technical skills and familiarize students with the functions of the visual elements. * Encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art. AP courses address three major concerns that are constant in the teaching of art – 1) a sense of quality in the student’s work; 2) the student’s concentration on a particular visual interest or problem; and 3) the student’s need for breadth of experience in the formal, technical and expressive means of the artist. For more information, please visit AP central on the web at: http://www.collegeboard.com.

3D Courses

SCULPTURE

Art Foundations 3D utilizes the concepts of visual design to explore physical space. Sculpture will be studied through the use of art history, criticism, aesthetics, and art production. The students will continue their understanding of the elements and principles of design by transforming personal sketches into sculpture via materials such as: wood, wire, plastics, clay, plaster of paris, cardboard and found objects. The various types of sculpture students will study include relief sculpture, mobiles, assemblage, construction, and sculpture in the round.

CERAMICS

Ceramics is a course that introduces students to techniques involved with hand built and electric wheel thrown pottery. Var­i­ous hand building techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab, should be mastered by the end of the semester. All students will experience using the electric wheels each quarter when making pottery. Each student will glaze their ceramic projects and learn to fire the electric kiln.

ADVANCED CERAMICS

Advanced ceramics will provide the potter with more opportunities to study clay in depth. Advance techniques in handbuilding & wheel throwing will be explored. Horsehair firing will be taught. At the completion of this course, students should have a specialized area of development in ceramics.

STAINED GLASS

Stained glass is an art course which explores various techniques involved with glass art. Students will learn the tech­niques involved with etching and copper foiling. They will master cutting glass, grinding and fitting glass, ap­pli­ca­tion of copper foil, soldering, and professional finishing procedures. By the end of the semester, students will be designing patterns for constructing their own stained glass projects. Good drawing skills are an asset.

ADVANCED STAINED GLASS

Advanced Stained Glass is an art course that deals with in-depth stain glass methods. In Stain Glass, students worked primarily with the copper foil technique. Students in this class will be working with the lead technique creating panels similar to the Victorian Era. They will be working in copper foil creating advanced 3-dimensional forms such as boxes, lamp shades, or clocks. Students will also have the opportunity to make garden mosaic stones. Good drawing skills are a definite asset because students will be designing all their patterns for projects.

MIXED MEDIA

Crafts involves the exploration of a variety of traditional and contemporary craft techniques. Students will incorporate the elements and principles of design as they develop their sketches for each project. Projects involve the study of different cultures and how they express themselves through craft. Good craftsmanship and creativity are stressed as students explore mask making, paper mache, functional mosaic work, paper making, book binding, and cultural based textiles.

ART METALS

Art metals is an art course designed to introduce the basic techniques in constructing jewelry using precious metal. Students will have the opportunity to make jewelry by casting, fabricating, etching or enameling. Glass fusing is introduced. Various processes will be explored in constructing rings, pendants, key chains, and neck pieces. Skills such as soldering, filing, cutting, sanding and polishing will be mastered by the end of the semester. Good drawing skills are an asset.

ADDITIONAL ART COURSES

INDIVIDUALIZED ART

Individualized Art is a course offered for a small number of talented students in art who want to pursue more knowledge in a specific area of art. This is a course for individuals who have successfully completed a large number of art courses in the Waterford High School curriculum. The student and in­struc­tor will write the course outline together. This class will allow students opportunities to create art and develop their own art style. Permission must be obtained from the instructor to take this course.

SUMMER COURSES 

Plein Air Art

4 weeks of making art in the OUTDOORS! Trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio Talesin. All culminating in an exhibition at the end of the course in the WUHS Gallery. Watercolors, Acrylic Paints, Soft and Oil Pastels – all part of the experience. .25 credits.

Printmaking

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