This is a comprehensive one year foundation course for grades 9-12 which emphasizes studio work and art appreciation. It is the first course requirement needed to complete the Fine Arts sequence and it also fulfills the New York State art requirement for graduation. Studio in Art is a prerequisite to Drawing and Painting and can be one of the prerequisite courses for Creative Crafts 1 and 2, Advanced Crafts, Sculpture 1 and 2, Communication Design 2D and Communication Design 3D, Jewelry and Creative Metals 1 and 2, and Photography 1 and 2.
This course provides students with a series of progressive art problems through which they will learn to understand the elements (line, space, shape and form, value, color, texture, pattern or repetition) and the principles (rhythm, balance, emphasis, variety, and unity) of design basic to visual art. Art problems presented are designed to meet the requirements of the new State Learning Standards for the Visual Arts. The art problems encompass a variety of art media and techniques: drawing, painting, design, mixed media, printmaking, bookmaking, and sculpture. Art history and art appreciation are integrated into Studio in Art projects so that students will gain a basic awareness of important artists and art movements from diverse cultures.
The curriculum will cover applied art practices from all corners of the globe from ancient to modern times. Although an elective, this course is instrumental in providing specialized technical skills in many different mediums. Many of the techniques and principles from Global Crafts may be applied to Studio in Art and beyond.
This course will satisfy the mind of the art and culture curious. Each semester the class will examine art objects specific to a series of cultures from around the world. We will explore the ways in which these objects are used, made and how different cultures have their own concepts of beauty or aesthetic values. As a class we will analyze art objects in a cultural context and learn in what ways these objects play a role in the lives of the people. Students will employ techniques used by artisans to create their own objects inspired by and used within their culture. Many of the ideas and issues presented in class may be new to students.
The curriculum will cover advanced sculptural techniques in many different mediums including casting, additive, reductive, carving and assemblage. This class introduces fundamental issues in sculpture such as site, context, process, and aesthetics of the object. During the semester Sculpture Ii will explore contemporary issues dealing with conceptual art and theory. In addition to theoretical work student will continue dealing with the relevant elements and principles relating to sculptural work.
As a significant component to this class introductions to a variety of materials and techniques both traditional (wood, clay, plaster, metal) as well as non-traditional (found objects) will be emphasized.
This is a studio-oriented class with a strong physical basis. This class will also examine issues related to sculpture via readings, artist lectures, images, videos, and other material.