In 2D Visual Art students develop two-dimensional visual and conceptual skills through the exploration of various art media and techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media applications. Creative and artistic skills are built through the creation of observational and interpretive artworks with reference to the elements of art and principles of design. Students will be introduced to the work of relevant historical and contemporary artists and art movements. They will be encouraged to investigate art from various cultural, social and historical backgrounds, and gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the arts around the world.
This course emphasizes hands on construction using the creative process. We will focus on a balance between the exploration of materials, development of technical skills, and content building. Students will be exposed to past and contemporary sculptors, and will develop new avenues of idea generation and visual problem solving. Students will work with an array of materials such as wire, wax, plaster, recyclables, photographs, fabric and fibers, paper mache, small metals and more. Projects may include jewelry making, sewing, fabric design, assemblage, carving, modeling, and other types of sculpture practices. We will aim to use everyday materials to create purposeful and non-disposable sculptures. Students will work both independently and collaboratively on projects, and strive to create a productive and creative studio environment.
Woodworking offers students an interesting and challenging opportunity to design and construct projects of their own choosing that are appropriate to their skill level and the length of the course. Although skill building and learning the safe use of hand and power tools are at the very heart of the course, students are also challenged to commit themselves to a high standard of craftsmanship. Throughout the process of construction, students are faced with decisions that force them to exercise their critical thinking, problem solving, and math skills as they design, lay-out, measure, and cut to exact size, the materials needed for their projects. In addition to gaining useful knowledge and skills required in the realm of woodworking, students learn to appreciate the beauty and utility of wood and wooden projects.
Students design and create ceramic art: sculpture and pottery. They explore hand-building techniques and are introduced to throwing-wheel skills. Students create projects that are both challenging and reflect personal interests while developing an understanding of the artistic process. A variety of kiln and glaze options allow projects to be fully functional tableware or evocative sculpture: an unlimited expression of each student’s discovery of what is special. The elements of art and principles of design, project management, critical thinking, problem solving and studio etiquette are emphasized.
Because teenagers live in a world of images: from social media, television and the internet, to magazines and billboards, students are surrounded by photos. In this class, eighth grade students learn first to take excellent photos by using the rules and and techniques of composition. They are challenged each assignment to engage the rules and techniques and then discuss this use and its success. Students will learn Photoshop and apply it to their own personal photos, again making justifications for the use of the program. Students will master techniques and rules of photography and the use of photoshop, develop a personal aesthetic for artistic photography, and continue to increase their interpersonal communication skills via presentation of their work and final portfolio.
Intro to Digital Photography and Digital Publications (Yearbook)
In this course the worlds of photography and yearbook collide! Learn the basics of digital photography while at the same time be a part of producing the school yearbook. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of photography, journalistic writing, graphic design, and production. In each trimester, students will learn the basics of photographic composition and yearbook production and design, and then contribute to putting the Middle School Yearbook together. Production of the Yearbook is an ongoing process that takes most of the school year, so first trimester students begin the process and students who take the course during the second and third trimester put the finishing touches on the yearbook and complete a yearbook supplement. Each yearbook is a time capsule of the school year from September to June, which highlights school events, sports teams, and class information. Students will gain valuable skills such as graphic design, photography, collaboration, and working to meet deadlines.