Upper School Classes

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Drawing/Painting
 students explore a variety of styles and media while also developing and refining drawing and painting skills. Explorations include: chalk pastel still life, graphite portraiture, charcoal and graphite figure drawing, acrylic and watercolor abstract painting, Eastern and Western landscape painting, and watercolor portraiture. 

Upper level students interested in AP Studio Art for the following academic year will also start building their AP portfolio. 

One art history essay will be assigned first semester. Research will take place in class from our college-level Art History books. A creative writing assignment is assigned second semester.

Homework may be assigned periodically. Be sure to check Power School for for updates on existing and upcoming assignments.  


Ceramics/Sculpture students explore the history of ceramics and various techniques in both pottery and sculpture, in both formal and abstract styles.  Certain techniques must be mastered in order to continue with successive projects.  Upper level students design their own projects that integrate mastered techniques from previous semesters. Sculptural media and techniques include wire, foam, recycled materials, papier mache', assemblage, carving, and more. 

There will be one art history essay first semester.   Research will take place in class from our college-level Art History books.  A creative writing assignment will take place at some point in the second semester. 

Check Power School often for existing and upcoming assignments.   


Advanced Placement (AP) is a college-level studio art class for students who are willing to attempt advanced work in high school.  Through studio practice, application of design concepts and informed decision-making, students will assemble a body of artwork that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth of content, technique, and process.

Students will investigate and address three components in their portfolios: Quality, Breadth, and Concentration.  They will be expected to solve creative problems using their knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design.  Students will use a range of conceptual approaches as well as show technical skill in a variety of media and familiarity of traditional and contemporary approaches to art.  Class assignments will challenge students to set and achieve creative goals. The expectation is that the student will be involved in a sustained investigation of all three portfolio sections.

Students are expected to work on diverse projects to encourage growth and individuality. The process of developing a portfolio requires a great deal of time and effort and the scheduled class time is not adequate to create the amount of work required for the portfolio.  Therefore, it will be necessary to put many hours outside of class into the body of work.  Students will also receive homework assignments that will need to be completed outside of class.  They should be prepared to spend four to eight hours a week outside of class on their work.

Daily one-on-one critiques/conversations will be held between individual students and the teacher to help the students further develop their work. Monthly group critiques will be held with the teacher and AP peers for both homework and current AP projects. Participation is required and a portion of the grade will reflect participation.  

See the AP Powerschool Gradebook for all project deadlines and critique dates.

Students will submit their required body of work along with their concentration essay to the College Board for grading and possible college credit. College credit is possible at many colleges and universities across the United States and in more than 60 other countries, in credit hours, advanced placement, or both.  A list of facilities that accept AP exam scores is available at http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy .     

 

 

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