Studio Art & Art History

Visual Arts Foundation

The Visual Arts Foundation course introduces students to the fundamentals of art and design. Students learn to create original works of art while working primarily in two-dimensional processes. Students engage in processes of making that build confidence and help students delve into more expressive and creative work as the year progresses. Drawing, painting, color theory, printmaking, collage, and screen-printing are some of the methods covered. Students work from a variety of sources both inside and outside of the classroom. Content and style are examined using history and culture as a device to help students find a deeper-rooted meaning in their work. The course includes field trips to art museums and visits with professional artists.

VISUAL ARTs I

The Visual Arts course introduces students to the fundamentals of art and design. Students engage in exercises, projects, experiments, and Art Vocabulary to help develop a technical art and design foundation. Students work from a variety of sources both inside and outside of the classroom. Several different mediums are examined. Drawing, painting, color theory, printmaking, collage, and three-dimensional techniques are some of the methods covered. Content and style are examined using history and culture as a device to help students find a deeper-rooted meaning in their work. Group critiques, one on one dialogue, and an Artists journal are used to help further their research.

VISUAL ARTs II

Visual Arts 2 students focus on refining their technical abilities and developing their creativity. Students engage in a variety of projects and exercises. The projects introduce them to several different mediums, and help them realize the artistic potential that exists within themselves and the world around them. Students learn to find artistic inspiration and direction through researching, problem solving, and by looking at Art History. Students develop a creative vocabulary. Group critiques, and one on one dialogue help further their research. A portfolio will be maintained, along with a journal.

ADVANCED VISUAL ART

Advanced Visual Arts focuses on developing technical skills, and creating artwork that derives from student’s individual interests. The course fosters creativity by refining specific techniques, and emphasizing the value in being open to numerous forms of artistic expression. Students learn to find artistic inspiration and direction through research, experimentation, professional artists, and the world around them. Students work individually, and in groups on both assigned and self-created projects. One on one dialogue with the teacher, Art vocabulary, and group critiques are used to help students understand and talk about the formal, and conceptual qualities of their own artwork, as well as others. A professional portfolio will be maintained, along with a journal. Portfolio development and artist statement support will be offered to students applying to college art programs.

Applied Art History

Applied Art History is a course designed to give students a more comprehensive understanding of methods, practices, modes of understand, and the historical context behind the all encompassing term “Art.” The first semester gives students a chance to build a foundational knowledge of different art mediums from sculpture to digital imaging, and the challenges in defining what art is. In the second semester, the class begins with a unit on curation. As much of what one experiences of art is either in the museum or the gallery, students need to have an understanding of the process. Each student will individually curate a mock exhibition in a space of their design, and then the class will jurry an official Besant Hill gallery show of student and faculty submitted art and install at the Beatrice Wood Center Gallery. Students also get a crash course in the chronology of western art during the second semester with a focus on the shifting philosophies, methodologies, and techniques over the past 27,000 years.

As part of the course, the class will take a variety of trips to galleries and museums to get one-on-one time with art professionals as well as original works.