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  • Barry Cheskaty

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  • Mark Byrne

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  • Steve Cook

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  • Tom Crowley

    Teacher & Director of Global Studies
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  • Jaclyn Enck

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  • Rob Hansen

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  • Melanie Taylor

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US-Visual Arts

  • 2-D Art & Design

    2-D Art & Design (9-12)                                                  This year-long introductory course gives students the experience of producing original art using a variety of media, including drawing, painting, and digital. Projects are presented as design problems that can be solved with unique and individual solutions using creative thinking. This is an introductory course suitable for all levels of experience and interests. It will give students the tools to better appreciate images and design, as well as the background to continue in painting, drawing, graphic design or any of the many applied and fine art fields.  
  • 2-D Art & Design A

    2-D Art & Design A (9-12) One trimester Offered during the summer only. This course gives students the experience of producing original art using a variety of media, including drawing, painting, and digital. Projects are presented as design problems that can be solved with unique and individual solutions using creative thinking. This is an introductory course suitable for all levels of experience and interests. It will give students the tools to better appreciate images and design, as well as the background to continue in painting, drawing, graphic design or any of the many applied and fine art fields.
  • 2-D Art & Design B

    2-D Art & Design B (9-12) One trimester Offered during the summer only. Prerequisite: 2-D Art & Design I or 2-D Art & Design A This course is a continuation of 2-D Art A and will further explore the material above to provide the student with a solid foundation in visual art and design.
  • 2-D Art & Design BC

    2-D Art & Design - BC (11-12)                                                                                                                                                           Two trimesters
    Prerequisite:  2-D Art & Design I (summer) or 2-D Art & Design A (summer )
    This course is a continuation of 2-D Art A and will further explore the material above to provide the student with a solid
    foundation in visual art and design.
  • 2-D Art & Design C

    2-D Art & Design - C (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                   One trimester
    Prerequisite:  2-D Art & Design B (summer )
    This course is a continuation of 2-D Art B and will further explore the material above to provide the student with a solid foundation in visual art and design.
  • 2-D Art & Design D

    2-D Art & Design - D (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                   One trimester
    Prerequisite: 2-D Art & Design II, 2-D Art & Design C, 2-D Art & Design BC or 2-D Art & Design ABC
    Building on previous experiences in art, students will develop original and complex artwork.  Independent projects will be encouraged, with input from the instructor.  Media may include oil and acrylic painting, drawing, printmaking, mural painting, or digital and computer art.  The instructor will work individually with each student to help develop their own creative voices as well as learn technical skills.  This course is suitable for preparing for the AP Studio Art class.
  • 2-D Art & Design E

    2-D Art & Design - E (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                    One trimester
    Prerequisite: 2-D Art & Design III or 2-D Art & Design D
    Building on previous experiences in art, students will develop original and complex artwork.  Independent projects will be encouraged, with input from the instructor.  Media may include oil and acrylic painting, drawing, printmaking, mural painting, or digital and computer art.  The instructor will work individually with each student to help develop their own creative voices as well as learn technical skills.  This course is suitable for preparing for the AP Studio Art class.
  • 2-D Art & Design F

    2-D Art & Design - F (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                    One trimester
    Prerequisite: 2-D Art & Design E
    Building on previous experiences in art, students will develop original and complex artwork.  Independent projects will be encouraged, with input from the instructor.  Media may include oil and acrylic painting, drawing, printmaking, mural painting, or digital and computer art.  The instructor will work individually with each student to help develop their own creative voices as well as learn technical skills.  This course is suitable for preparing for the AP Studio Art class.  It may be repeated.
  • 2-D Art and Design 1

    2-D Art and Design 1 (9-12) This is a year-long foundation 2-D Art course that explores drawing and two-dimensional design concepts through studio practice and research. A wide range of media and techniques are studied in relation to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and mixed media. Students are encouraged to investigate Art from various cultural, social and historical backgrounds, and to be aware of the Arts in the contemporary world. The pursuit of ideas and creative thinking will be continually enhanced, in conjunction with the expansion of sound technical skills. As the course progresses, students select media and subject matter that best communicate their ideas and strengths in preparation for advanced studio practice.
  • 2-D Art and Design 2

    2-D Art and Design 2 (10-12) Prerequisite: 2-D Art and Design 1 and Departmental Approval This course continue to build on individual artistic skills with an ongoing investigation of formal and conceptual issues, the creation of artworks using informed and critical decision making, and the fostering of innovative thinking with advanced technical skills.
  • 2-D Art and Design 3

    2-D Art and Design 3 (11-12) Prerequisite: 2-D Art and Design 2 and Departmental Approval This course continue to build on individual artistic skills with an ongoing investigation of formal and conceptual issues, the creation of artworks using informed and critical decision making, and the fostering of innovative thinking with advanced technical skills.
  • 2-D Art and Design 4

    2-D Art and Design 4 (12) Prerequisite: 2-D Art and Design 3 and Departmental Approval This course continue to build on individual artistic skills with an ongoing investigation of formal and conceptual issues, the creation of artworks using informed and critical decision making, and the fostering of innovative thinking with advanced technical skills.
  • 3-D Art & Design - Ceramics

    3-D Art & Design - Clay (9-12)                                      This year-long studio class will explore 3-D Art and Design through hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery and sculpture.  Technical exercises are met with a wide flexibility for creativity.  Formal elements and principles of design are introduced.  Visiting artists and trips to local galleries and museums will further enhance each student’s art appreciation and own artistic process.  Critical thinking, decision-making, and independence are emphasized.  
  • 3-D Art & Design - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art & Design - Stone (9-12)                                                                                                                                                                        
    In this year-long course, students will be introduced to and develop the skills of free-hand stone carving. Working with hammers, chisels, rasps and other abrasives, students will learn how to design and execute three-dimensional sculptures in alabaster and other soft stone. The course will emphasize standard techniques and approaches to working with stone as an art medium. Students will be expected to produce one finished (mounted on a base) piece with hand tools and then may opt to use some power tools on their next project. In addition, students are required to research and write a three to five page report that examines a contemporary sculptor in the context of the course readings and discussions. The class will also visit local art studios, public art sites, exhibits and museums.  
  • 3-D Art & Design - Wood

    3-D Art & Design – Wood (9-12)                                                                                                                                              
    This year-long course introduces students to the basic skills, manipulative experiences, and materials in the woodworking area.  Formal elements and principles of design are introduced and reinforced as students design their woodworking projects.  Students are encouraged to build projects appropriate to their skill level and previous experience.  Hand and machine tool safety is an important element of this course.  
  • 3-D Art & Design BC - Ceramics

    3-D Art & Design - BC - Clay (11-12)                                                                                                                                         Two trimesters
    Prerequisite:   3-D Art & DesignI - Clay (summer) or 3-D Art & DesignA – Clay (summer )
    Students will further their technical skills and aesthetic understanding of three-dimensional art through exercises responding to individual interests.  Students will work with clay sculpture, hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics and mixed media.  Appreciation of our diverse global artistic heritage is encouraged through discussion of the elements, organization, mood, techniques, and context of work from artists past or present.  Analysis, synthesis, critical thinking and decision-making are emphasized.  Cross-curricular projects with history, science, literature, foreign languages, and other arts are encouraged.  
  • 3-D Art & Design BC - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art & Design - BC - Stone (11-12)                                                                                                                                                              Two trimesters
    Prerequisite:  3-D Art & DesignI - Stone (summer) or 3-D Art & DesignA – Stone (summer)
    In this course, students will continue to develop their techniques in three-dimensional free-hand carving in stone and wood.  Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to weld and fabricate steel.  More emphasis will be paid to the use of negative space, varied surface finishes, larger scale, and more complex designs. Students will be able to utilize a wider array of power tools in their work. Along with their assigned readings, students will be required to find an example of public sculpture in the community and to write a report on the artist and the work.  
  • 3-D Art & Design BC - Wood

    3-D Art & Design - BC – Wood (11-12)                                                                                                                                     Two trimesters
    Prerequisite: 3-D Art & DesignI - Wood (summer) or 3-D Art & Design A – Wood (summer)
    This course helps students develop and improve skills and knowledge previously acquired.  Accuracy in layout and in the use of hand and power tools is stressed.  Students are encouraged to design and construct projects of their own choosing.  Students are challenged to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Developing a good sense of craftsmanship is also expected at this level.
  • 3-D Art & Design C - Ceramics

    3-D Art & Design - C - Clay (11-12)                                                                                                                                                  One trimester
    Prerequisite:   3-D Art & DesignB – Clay (summer )
    This class will challenge students to create more sophisticated, personal work with attention to developing their subject matter, craftsmanship, aesthetic appreciation and discourse.  Students will develop greater skills of observation and verbalization through a more rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include presentations of their own work and artistic influences.  Students will maintain a sketchbook / technical notebook as a record of their artistic process.  Students will produce a portfolio of work and an artistic statement.  Emphasis for the advanced ceramics student is Advanced Wheel, Large Sculpture, Kiln Firing and Glaze Chemistry, and Zen Raku.  Special problems for the sculptor will include Figure Modeling, Low Relief, Mixed Media, Multi-media, and Installation.  
  • 3-D Art & Design C - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art & Design - C - Stone (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                 One trimester
    Prerequisite:  3-D Art & DesignB (summer)
    Students will work more independently on creating their own works. Emphasis will be given to conceptualizing, designing, executing and displaying work. Class discussion will examine the changing role of sculpture in art and society, public art, new methods and materials and portfolio development.            
  • 3-D Art & Design C - Wood

    3-D Art & Design - C – Wood (11-12)                                                                                                                                       One trimester
    Prerequisite:  3-D Art & DesignB – Wood       (summer)
    Advanced students should acquire a high degree of skill in the use of hand and power tools.  They are encouraged to use their ingenuity and to work independently, calling on the instructor only when advice is needed.  The projects designed and constructed at this level are usually functional furniture items demonstrating considerable expertise. 
  • 3-D Art & Design D - Ceramics

    3-D Art & Design - D - Clay (11-12)                                                                                                                                                  One trimester
    Prerequisite: 3-D Art & DesignII - Clay, 3-D Art & DesignC - Clay, 3-D Art & DesignBC - Clay or 3-D Art & DesignABC - Clay
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.
  • 3-D Art & Design D - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art & Design - D - Stone (11-12)                                                                                                                                         One trimester
    Prerequisite:  3-D Art & DesignII - Stone, 3-D Art & DesignC - Stone, 3-D Art & DesignBC - Stone or 3-D Art & DesignABC - Stone
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.
  • 3-D Art & Design D - Wood

    3-D Art & Design - D - Wood (11-12)                                                                                                                                        One trimester
    Prerequisite:   3-D Art & Design II - Wood, 3-D Art & Design C - Wood, 3-D Art & Design BC - Wood or 3-D Art & Design ABC - Wood
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.
  • 3-D Art & Design E - Ceramics

    3-D Art & Design - E - Clay (11-12)                                                                                                                                                  One trimester
    Prerequisite:   3-D Art & DesignIII - Clay or 3-D Art & DesignD - Clay
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.
  • 3-D Art & Design E - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art & Design - E - Stone (11-12)                                                                                                                                         One trimester
    Prerequisite:   3-D Art & DesignIII - Stone or 3-D Art & DesignD - Stone
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.
  • 3-D Art & Design E - Wood

    3-D Art & Design - E - Wood (11-12)                                                                                                                                         One trimester
    Prerequisite:    3-D Art & Design III - Wood or 3-D Art & Design D - Wood
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.
  • 3-D Art & Design F - Ceramics

    3-D Art & Design - F - Clay (11-12)                                                                                                                                                  One trimester
    Prerequisite:   3-D Art & DesignE - Clay        
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.
  • 3-D Art & Design F - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art & Design - F - Stone (11-12)                                                                                                                                         One trimester
    Prerequisite:   3-D Art & DesignE    
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.
  • 3-D Art & Design F - Wood

    3-D Art & Design - F - Wood (11-12)                                                                                                                                         One trimester
    Prerequisite:   3-D Art & Design E - Wood
    This class will further challenge students to pursue their vision with attention to content, craftsmanship, aesthetic critique, written, and verbal discourse.  Students will hone their skills of observation and analysis through a rigorous aesthetic critique, which will include oral presentations of their own work.  Students will produce written reviews of artistic influences and technical discoveries. Students will maintain a sketch book/technical notebook as a record of their process.  Students will produce a formal portfolio of images accompanied by a personal artistic statement.  Students will choose an emphasis of focus and research.  The final exercise will be the mounting a formal presentation of their work to include a personal statement for viewing by the school community.

  • 3-D Art and Design 1 - Ceramics

    3-D Art and Design 1 - Clay (9-12) This course explores technical and conceptual three-‘dimensional art skills through manipulation of clay, the ceramic process, and mixed media as appropriate. The course guides the students through research, planning, production and critique. Although technical skills of students might be limited, the range of work they can choose to explore is intentionally as broad as possible, student driven, and process based. Three-dimensional art issues, both historical and contemporary, are investigated with the support of visual and written research. Students will investigate art from various cultural, social and historical backgrounds, and be introduced to the contemporary world of 3D art as it supports their individual technical and artistic abilities and interests. As the course progresses students continue to explore the medium and chose content and form that best fits their vision and strengths. The elements of art, principles of design, issues of intention, representation, bas relief, installation, and conceptual art are explored specific to each student and project.
  • 3-D Art and Design 1 - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art and Design 1 - Stone (9-12) In this year-long course, students will be introduced to and develop the skills of free-hand stone carving. Working with hammers, chisels, rasps and other abrasives, students will learn how to design and execute three-dimensional sculptures in alabaster and other soft stone. The course will emphasize standard techniques and approaches to working with stone as an art medium. Students will be expected to produce one finished (mounted on a base) piece with hand tools and then may opt to use some power tools on their next project. In addition, students are required to research and write a three to five page report that examines a contemporary sculptor in the context of the course readings and discussions. The class will also visit local art studios, public art sites, exhibits and museums.
  • 3-D Art and Design 1 - Wood

    3-D Art and Design 1 _ Wood (9-12) This one-year woodworking course is offered to students in grades 9 thru 12. The course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to correctly perform woodworking operations using hand and power tools and woodworking equipment. The curriculum is student centered, and therefore is designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Instructional emphasis is placed on the safe and proper operation of equipment found in the woodshop. Students will be introduced to the care of woodworking equipment, selection of materials, understanding woodworking processes, and the importance of design. The successful completion of introductory projects will lead to more challenging endeavors such as furniture construction.
  • 3-D Art and Design 2 - Ceramics

    3-D Art and Design 2 - Clay (10-12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 1 and Departmental Approval Advanced students are challenged to build increasingly sophisticated technique, a process-based artistic vision, and awareness of contemporary and historic context. Advancing students will model studio etiquette and superior work habits and are expected to be studio leaders by example.
  • 3-D Art and Design 2 - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art and Design 2 - Stone (10-12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 1 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • 3-D Art and Design 2 - Wood

    3-D Art and Design 2 - Wood (10-12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 1 and Departmental Approval A student may enroll in the 3D Art and Design (Wood) course each of their four years in the upper school with the expectation that they continue to challenge themselves with more complex projects each year, while employing an increasing degree of proficiency in craftsmanship and tool manipulation.
  • 3-D Art and Design 3 - Ceramics

    3-D Art and Design 3 - Clay (11-12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 2 and Departmental Approval Advanced students are challenged to build increasingly sophisticated technique, a process-based artistic vision, and awareness of contemporary and historic context. Advancing students will model studio etiquette and superior work habits and are expected to be studio leaders by example.
  • 3-D Art and Design 3 - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art and Design 3 - Stone (11-12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 2 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • 3-D Art and Design 3 - Wood

    3-D Art and Design 3 - Wood (11-12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 2 and Departmental Approval A student may enroll in the 3D Art and Design (Wood) course each of their four years in the upper school with the expectation that they continue to challenge themselves with more complex projects each year, while employing an increasing degree of proficiency in craftsmanship and tool manipulation.
  • 3-D Art and Design 4 - Ceramics

    3-D Art and Design 4 - Clay (12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 3 and Departmental Approval Advanced students are challenged to build increasingly sophisticated technique, a process-based artistic vision, and awareness of contemporary and historic context. Advancing students will model studio etiquette and superior work habits and are expected to be studio leaders by example.
  • 3-D Art and Design 4 - Stone & Bronze

    3-D Art and Design 4 - Stone (12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 3 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • 3-D Art and Design 4 - Wood

    3-D Art and Design 4 - Wood (12) Prerequisite: 3-D Art and Design 3 and Departmental Approval A student may enroll in the 3D Art and Design (Wood) course each of their four years in the upper school with the expectation that they continue to challenge themselves with more complex projects each year, while employing an increasing degree of proficiency in craftsmanship and tool manipulation.
  • AP Art History*

    AP Art History (10-12) - Weighted
    Prerequisites for non-seniors:  Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria for AP US History (for juniors); concurrent enrollment in Global History II Honors (for sophomores)
    This course is a chronological survey of world art, designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam.  Beginning with Paleolithic art and ending with postmodernism, students will study art works in their original context in order to achieve an understanding of their purpose and meaning in the society that produced them.  Key historical documents will provide unique insights into interaction between culture and the creative process. Students will create a portfolio containing three larger studio projects and at least three smaller projects.  Artwork will reflect the influence of historical media, techniques, and processes.  Students will develop skills in architectural design, sculpture, drawing, painting and digital imagery by producing 2D and 3D projects. Students will also visit local and online museums, view films and digital images of artworks.  Short research projects will promote development of skills in research, writing and reasoning about the interaction between art and its historical context.
  • AP Art History*

    AP Art History (10-12) - Weighted Prerequisites for non-seniors: Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria for AP US History (for juniors); concurrent enrollment in Global History II Honors (for sophomores) This course is a chronological survey of world art, designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam. Beginning with Paleolithic art and ending with postmodernism, students will study art works in their original context in order to achieve an understanding of their purpose and meaning in the society that produced them. Key historical documents will provide unique insights into interaction between culture and the creative process. Students will create a portfolio containing three larger studio projects and at least three smaller projects. Artwork will reflect the influence of historical media, techniques, and processes. Students will develop skills in architectural design, sculpture, drawing, painting and digital imagery by producing 2D and 3D projects. Students will also visit local and online museums, view films and digital images of artworks. Short research projects will promote development of skills in research, writing and reasoning about the interaction between art and its historical context.
  • AP Studio Art - 2-D

    AP Studio Art  - 2-D (11-12) - Weighted
    Prerequisite: Two years of 2-D Art & Design and Portfolio Acceptance
    In this class, students will develop a formal presentation of their work for professional evaluation in the form of a slide portfolio and attendant written support.  This portfolio may include work produced in the class, on the students' time, in other arts classes, or cover a period of time longer than a single year.  According to the students’ individual needs, the portfolio will be guided to reflect the quality, concentration, and breadth sought by the AP Evaluation Examination for AP credit and / or in response to the specific requirements for admission to particular college, university, and art institute programs.  Together with the Arts faculty, students will identify the focus of the chosen portfolio and arrange access to appropriate facilities and support: woodshop, ceramics, stone and metal, drawing and painting, photography, or digital media.  
  • AP Studio Art - 2-D Art & Design

    AP Studio Art - 2-D (11-12) - Weighted Prerequisite: Two years of 2-D Art and Design and Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria or Instructor Permission This is a year-long advanced level course that enables committed art students to create a portfolio of 2D artwork that explores Drawing or 2D Design. During the course students develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the Visual Arts through studio practice and research. A focused approach to content and the use of appropriate media and techniques will compliment each students individual artwork. Students are encouraged to investigate Art from various cultural, social and historical backgrounds, and to be aware of the Arts in the contemporary world. The pursuit of ideas and creative thinking will be continually enhanced, in conjunction with the expansion of sound technical skills. Students select media and subject matter that best communicate their ideas and strengths. A portfolio that focuses on either Drawing or 2D Design, consisting of three sections (Quality, Concentration and Breadth), is prepared and submitted for evaluation by the AP College Board at the end of the academic year.
  • AP Studio Art - Photography

    AP Studio Art - Photography (11-12) - Weighted
    Prerequisite: Two years of Photography and Portfolio Acceptance
    In this class, students will develop a formal presentation of their work for professional evaluation in the form of a slide portfolio and attendant written support.  This portfolio may include work produced in the class, on the students' time, in other arts classes, or cover a period of time longer than a single year.  According to the students’ individual needs, the portfolio will be guided to reflect the quality, concentration, and breadth sought by the AP Evaluation Examination for AP credit and / or in response to the specific requirements for admission to particular college, university, and art institute programs.  Together with the Arts faculty, students will identify the focus of the chosen portfolio and arrange access to appropriate facilities and support: woodshop, ceramics, stone and metal, drawing and painting, photography, or digital media.  
  • AP Studio Art - Photography

    AP Studio Art - Photography (11-12) - Weighted Prerequisite: Two years of Photography, Portfolio Acceptance and Satisfaction of Departmental Criteria In this yearlong advanced course, students with demonstrated basic technical and aesthetic skills in camera work, darkroom, and digital photography, move to a higher aesthetic and analytic level within the structure of the AP Studio Art framework. Students will develop a formal presentation of their work for professional evaluation in the form of an online portfolio and attendant written support. Demonstrated skills will include the darkroom/camera system, studio lighting, digital cameras electronic image editing, and theoretical analysis. The AP 2-D portfolio contains three sections: Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. All students are required to complete a portfolio and submit it to the AP by the deadline in May of 2018.
  • Art History

    Art History (12) This course is a chronological survey of world art. Beginning with Paleolithic art and ending with postmodernism, students will study art works in their original context in order to achieve an understanding of their purpose and meaning in the society that produced them. Key historical documents will provide unique insights into interaction between culture and the creative process. Students will create a portfolio containing three larger studio projects and at least three smaller projects. Artwork will reflect the influence of historical media, techniques, and processes. Students will develop skills in architectural design, sculpture, drawing, painting and digital imagery by producing 2D and 3D projects. Students will also visit local and online museums, view films and digital images of artworks. Short research projects will promote development of skills in research, writing and reasoning about the interaction between art and its historical context.
  • Intro to Journalism & Design (Scribe)

    Introduction to Journalism and Design - Scribe (9-12)          
    In this year-long course students will learn what it takes to be a modern-day journalist. They will become proficient in interviewing, shooting, writing and designing for print as well as for the web. Students will complete actual assignments for The Scribe to find out more about how this publication works.
  • Intro to Journalism & Design (Yearbook)

    Introduction to Journalism and Design - Yearbook (9-12)  
    In this year-long course students will learn what it takes to be a modern-day journalist. They will become proficient in interviewing, shooting, writing and designing for print as well as for the web. Students will complete actual assignments for the Yearbook to find out more about how this publication works.
  • Journalism & Design (Scribe)

    Journalism and Design - Scribe (10-12)
    Prerequisite: Departmental Approval
    This course is for Scribe staffers who wish to earn an arts credit for their design work. Students may join The Scribe as a staff writer without having taken Introduction to Journalism, Photojournalism and Design. However, only students who have completed the intro course or attended a summer journalism program approved by the adviser will be eligible for editorial positions
  • Journalism & Design (Yearbook)

    Journalism and Design - Yearbook (10-12)
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Journalism and Design or Departmental Approval
    This course is for Yearbook producers who want an arts credit for their design work.
  • Journalism (Scribe) 1

    Journalism (Scribe) 1 (9-12) Does not fulfill English graduation requirement In this year-long course students will learn what it takes to be a modern-day journalist. They will become proficient in interviewing, shooting, writing and designing for print as well as for the web. Students will complete actual assignments for The Scribe to find out more about how this publication works.
  • Journalism (Scribe) 2

    Journalism (Scribe) 2 (10-12) Prerequisite: Journalism (Scribe) 1 Does not fulfill English graduation requirement In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Journalism (Scribe) 3

    Journalism (Scribe) 3 (11-12) Prerequisite: Journalism (Scribe) 2 Does not fulfill English graduation requirement In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Journalism (Scribe) 4

    Journalism (Scribe) 4 (12) Prerequisite: Journalism (Scribe) 3 Does not fulfill English graduation requirement In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Motion Media

    Motion Media (9-12)                                                      Both the history and the production techniques of the documentary film will be covered.  The work of filmmakers such as D.A Pennabaker, John Huston, Frederick Wiseman, John Grierson and Jim Goldberg will be studied. Students will learn how to use cameras, lights, audio recording equipment and Apple based editing to produce their films.
  • Motion Media 1

    Motion Media 1 (9-12) Both the history and the production techniques of the documentary film will be covered. The work of filmmakers such as D.A Pennabaker, John Huston, Frederick Wiseman, John Grierson and Jim Goldberg will be studied. Students will learn how to use cameras, lights, audio recording equipment and Apple based editing to produce their films.
  • Motion Media 2

    Motion Media 2 (10-12) Prerequisite: Motion Media 1 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Motion Media 3

    Motion Media 3 (11-12) Prerequisite: Motion Media 2 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Motion Media 4

    Motion Media 4 (12) Prerequisite: Motion Media 3 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Motion Media BC

    Motion Media - BC (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                       Two trimesters
    Prerequisite:  Motion Media I (summer) or Motion Media A (summer)
    This course continues the coverage of the basics of television, including photography, lighting, audio, graphics and editing.    
  • Motion Media C

    Motion Media - C (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                          One trimester
    Prerequisite: Motion Media B (summer)
    Students will direct "live-on-tape" style television productions in the Performing Arts Center.
  • Motion Media D

    Motion Media - D (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                          One trimester
    Prerequisite: Motion Media II, Motion Media C, Motion Media BC or Motion Media ABC
    Students will direct "live-on-tape" style television productions in the Performing Arts Center.
     
  • Motion Media E

    Motion Media - E (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                          One trimester
    Prerequisite: Motion Media III or Motion Media D
    Students will direct "live-on-tape" style television productions in the Performing Arts Center.
  • Motion Media F

    Motion Media - F (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                          One trimester
    Prerequisite: Motion Media E
    Students will direct "live-on-tape" style television productions in the Performing Arts Center.
  • Photography

    Photography (9-12)                                                        In this year-long, thorough introduction to photography, students will learn the basics of camera operation as well as photographic composition, lighting and exposure.  Black and white film processing and printing are done in Parker’s darkroom. There will be a field trip to the San Diego Museum of Photographic Art. Students enter their work in the Del Mar Fair.  A manually adjustable 35mm camera is necessary for the course.  
  • Photography 1

    Photography 1 (9-12) This year long course provides an introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Students will learn the basics of camera operation as well as photographic composition, lighting and exposure. Black and white film processing and printing are done in Parkers darkroom. Black and white photography is the primer for visual communication: including cinema, video, graphic design and digital photography. By emphasizing the black and white silver gelatin film medium, the basics of graphic visual communication such as shape, line, tonal values, depth, shadow and light are made clearly visible. Students learn to fill the frame with the elements that best communicate. Fundamentals such as exposure, lighting, chemical processing as well as lenses and perspective are covered. The course will conclude with a primer in the new photographic hybridity, bringing analog into the digital terrain. A 35mm film Single Lens Reflex camera is required.
  • Photography 2

    Photography 2 (10-12) Prerequisite: Photography 1 and Departmental Approval As students continue to develop their portfolios in black and white, they are introduced to advanced photographic techniques such as black and white infrared photography and more advanced digital imaging. Alternative darkroom processes as well as medium format and digital cameras will also be covered. Students will strive for fluency in the medium and start to refine their own voice and style. This project-structured course will include lectures, demonstrations, project assignments, critiques, and discussions.
  • Photography 3

    Photography 3 (11-12) Prerequisite: Photography 2 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Photography 4

    Photography 4 (12) Prerequisite: Photography 3 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Photography BC

    Photography - BC (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Two trimesters
    Prerequisite: Photography I (summer) or Photography A (summer)
    As students continue to develop their portfolios in black and white, they are introduced to advanced photographic techniques such as black & white infrared photography and digital imaging.  There will be new readings with an emphasis placed on the history of photography as an art. 
  • Photography C

    Photography - C (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                                                                           One trimester
    Prerequisite: Photography B (summer)
    Students in advanced photography learn advanced techniques such as electronic flash in the studio, color slide photography and digital imaging.  They will participate in a class exhibition.  
  • Photography D

    Photography - D (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                                                              One trimester

    Prerequisite: Photography II, Photography C, Photography BC or Photography ABC

    At this level, technical factors have been mastered and students are free to develop their own style.  They receive instruction on photographic criticism and practice description, interpretation, evaluation and theorizing about photographs.
  • Photography E

    Photography - E (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                                                               One trimester

    Prerequisite: Photography III or Photography D

    At this level, technical factors have been mastered and students are free to develop their own style.  They receive instruction on photographic criticism and practice description, interpretation, evaluation and theorizing about photographs.
  • Photography F

    Photography - F (11-12)                                                                                                                                                                                                               One trimester

    Prerequisite: Photography E

    At this level, technical factors have been mastered and students are free to develop their own style.  They receive instruction on photographic criticism and practice description, interpretation, evaluation and theorizing about photographs.
  • Special Projects in 2-D Art & Design

    Special Projects in 2-D Art & Design (11-12) One trimester Prerequisite: Departmental Approval Does not fulfill Arts graduation requirement This course is for students who would like to work on an advanced project. It is graded on a Credit / Non-Credit basis.
  • Special Projects in 3-D Art & Design - Clay

    Special Projects in 3-D Art & Design - Clay (11-12) One trimester Prerequisite: Departmental Approval Does not fulfill Arts graduation requirement This course is for students who would like to work on an advanced project. It is graded on a Credit / Non-Credit basis.
  • Special Projects in 3-D Art & Design - Stone

    Special Projects in 3-D Art & Design - Stone (11-12) One trimester Prerequisite: Departmental Approval Does not fulfill Arts graduation requirement This course is for students who would like to work on an advanced project. It is graded on a Credit / Non-Credit basis.
  • Special Projects in 3-D Art & Design - Wood

    Special Projects in 3-D Art & Design Wood (11-12) One trimester Prerequisite: Departmental Approval Does not fulfill Arts graduation requirement This course is for students who would like to work on an advanced project. It is graded on a Credit / Non-Credit basis.
  • Special Projects in Motion Media

    Special Projects in Motion Media (11-12) One trimester Prerequisite: Departmental Approval Does not fulfill Arts graduation requirement This course is for students who would like to work on an advanced project. It is graded on a Credit / Non-Credit basis.
  • Special Projects in Photography

    Special Projects in Photography (11-12) One trimester Prerequisite: Departmental Approval Does not fulfill Arts graduation requirement This course is for students who would like to work on an advanced project. It is graded on a Credit / Non-Credit basis.
  • Yearbook 1

    Yearbook 1 (9-12) This class is devoted to making the Francis Parker School Yearbook. It is, impressively, a student run operation that results in a 300-plus page book, often the recipient of multiple awards. This class is overwhelmingly structured by deadlines to the printing press, rather than any academic calendar. As such, students work on the book outside of class time, in as much as the deadlines call for it. Fall and winter are characterized by bursts of activity and movement, culminating in the final submission in early spring. After that, the class winds down, catches a breath, and starts planning for the next year. Although every student must diligently manage their independent responsibilities, Upper School Yearbook is essentially a collaborative process. Working with others is central to the experience. Students create all content (photography and copy) and have their work edited by their group leaders and senior editors. Students then design this content into each page, meaning, students decide how the type and images are arranged on each layout. The entire book is made in Adobe InDesign, the standard worldwide for professional desktop publishing. This class breeds an active, high energy atmosphere, fueled by students who are engaged with the life of the school, and driven to recreate that in a well-designed book.
  • Yearbook 2

    Yearbook 2 (10-12) Prerequisite: Yearbook 1 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Yearbook 3

    Yearbook 3 (11-12) Prerequisite: Yearbook 2 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Yearbook 4

    Yearbook 4 (12) Prerequisite: Yearbook 3 and Departmental Approval In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Yearbook Production

    Yearbook Production (9-12)       
    Does not fulfill Arts graduation requirement
    Yearbook is a class that synthesizes a variety of creative, artistic, and organizational skills in order to produce the annual publication each June.  Students will learn basic skills in photography, layout and design, and desktop publishing, often specializing in one or more of these areas by year's end.  The yearbook covers all major campus events, and is an enormous project.  Although it sometimes requires lunch periods or afternoon work, the majority of work is done in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages student rapport.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103
 

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900