Ceramics is a semester-long course that introduces students to the beauty of ceramics. Students will explore the composition of clay and glazes as a fine art medium. Forming techniques, surface development, glazing, kiln firing practices are introduced. Students will be able to independently innovate works of art beginning with a sketched idea and culminating to a finished work of art. Students will examine the history of ceramics and make connections to a myriad of cultures, contemporary artists, and current events, while gaining understanding of the artist’ ideas and intentions. Generally, laboratory in nature, ceramics examines and give experience in a multiplicity of formats and integrates art history, design principles and aesthetic criticism and response.
This semester-long course will give students an introduction of fiber work using natural and manufactured materials. Areas of surface design and weaving techniques will be explored using techniques such as stitchery and appliqué. Emphasis will be placed on creative design concepts, craftsmanship, skillful, and imaginative use materials. Fiber and textile processes may include weaving, paper-making, mixed media, and fabric painting. Cultural, historic, and aesthetic aspects of these processes will be incorporated, as well as experiences in art analysis.
This semester-long course introduces students to printmaking through a variety of printing processes. Social trends as well as the student’s personal artistic voice will be explored in the production of quality printed works of art. The development of personal drawings that use the art elements and principals of design will be part of the exploration in examining traditional printmaking. The investigation of developing story design and technical skills are emphasized.
Assemblage, Relief, Kinetic! are just a few sculptural techniques that students will explore in sculpture class. Projects will allow students to examine, investigate, and create abstract, geometric, and organic forms using a wide variety of materials and sculptural techniques. Students will learn how to create art that will help them develop their own individual creative style and identity.
In the wonderful world of digital art, students will learn how to use the computer to visually communicate their ideas through their artwork. In this class, students will learn to understand the importance of visual composition to improve their overall creative thinking skills. Students will explore digital art, photo manipulation, graphic design, and introductory animation. Students will use Adobe software including but not limited to Photoshop, Illustrator etc.
Drawing and Painting
Create a variety of unique artworks that demonstrate foundational and intermediate drawing and painting techniques. Students will experiment with a variety of 2-dimensional media including, but not limited to, pencil, charcoal, pastels, acrylics, watercolors, etc. Students will also learn color theory and the art of mixing colors.