Visual Art includes basic drawing and painting. Each student follows a curriculum that teaches drawing techniques such as line, shape, light source, shadows, and values. Students practice by producing a series of still life pieces, learning to “trust what they see.” This foundation of drawing skills prepares each student for ink, acrylic and watercolor painting. When a clear understanding of values is shown in the pencil, charcoal and ink mediums, students then begin to explore color theory. Students become familiar with the color wheel (primary, secondary and intermediate colors) and how it works. Some basic watercolor techniques are taught, such as dry wash and wet on wet. This experimentation with brush strokes and color palettes opens students’ minds to endless creative ideas.
Each term, two formal class critiques are held. Students choose one or two pieces to share and display in the studio. Every student has an opportunity to speak about his or her art as well as discuss a fellow classmate’s process and experience. The use of art terminology (proportion, composition, foreground/background, etc.) during these critiques is strongly encouraged. Throughout the course(s), students create “final” pieces to demonstrate their growth in class.
Advanced Visual Art is a class specifically tailored to the individual student. The intimate structure of this course is designed to address each student’s strong and weak points using mediums of their choice. In addition, this unique curriculum assists students with the creation and organization of specific pieces into a portfolio, a requirement for admittance into any learning facility concentrating on the discipline of art.
Each term, the class holds four formal class critiques. Students choose one or two pieces to display in the studio. Every student has an opportunity to speak about his or her own art as well as discuss a fellow classmate’s process and experience.