High School Visual Arts Two Hour Studio Courses

Students in the High School Visual Arts Summer Program choose two areas of concentration as their main subjects of study. If students would like to continue studying the same medium through two sessions, they will participate in a progressive curriculum.

The Advanced Drawing studio requires a portfolio, which should be submitted at the time of application. Please see the class description below for details.

Advanced Drawing: Conceptual Compositions
This course is for students with previous drawing experience and established skills. Students will explore composition, proportion, perspective and value while building their observational skills. A variety of drawing techniques and media will be explored. Students explore alternative and non-traditional methods, materials and objectives in experimental drawing. Discussions concern mark-making, emotional content and expression and compositional intentionality among other topics. Portfolio instructions: Prepare five images that represent the applicant's highest quality of work. We suggest three pieces be made from direct observation (drawn or painted from life, not copied from a photograph.) Submit portfolio images online after you have submitted your deposit and enrollment agreement.

Black and White Film Photography
This course is designed as an introduction to photography. Emphasis is placed on the exposure, development of black and white film, and the silver print as well as the aesthetics of photographic composition. The format includes class demonstrations, lab work, field assignments and critiques. Students are required to bring their own 35mm film camera; no experience is required.

Drawing Techniques
This course investigates the foundations of drawing and encourages proficiency in a wide range of approaches to the medium. Students will strengthen basic drawing abilities and knowledge through practice and progressive exploration. The study of perspective, visual measurement, value, mark making and use of materials will occur. In addition to learning drawing techniques, the elements and principles of art and design will be taught and conceptual development will be encouraged.

Explorations in Ceramics and Clay
This class covers a wide array of forming methods such as hand-building, slip casting and wheel throwing. Students learn to fabricate ceramic objects and are introduced to a variety of surface treatments such as glazing, under-glazing, sgraffito, slip trailing and sprigging. Studios are equipped with gas, electric and raku kilns. Emphasis is placed on the use of clay as an expressive material.

Figure Drawing
In this course, students will study the human form through direct observational drawing of live figures. Additional understanding of the body will come from the study of musculoskeletal anatomy. By learning about the underlying structures of the body, students will be able to more accurately and sensitively render their subjects. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of drawing media and techniques.

Graphic Design
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of problem solving, research, composition, typography and the organization of information. A key goal for all students is learning to develop meaningful concepts. Students will create strategies and concept-driven design solutions. The role of typography in design will be explored in depth with emphasis on learning how to select the most appropriate typeface for each project. No previous experience is required but familiarity with Mac computers is recommended. Students must provide a portable storage device such as a thumb drive.

Interdisciplinary Sculpture
Interdisciplinary Sculpture will explore visual, social and physical concepts of sculpture in relationship to idea development. Students will have the ability to immerse themselves in a diverse selection of sculptural processes including construction or fabrication, welding, carving, manipulation and casting. Students will work with a range of traditional and non-traditional materials and methods such as plaster, wood, metal, wax, working with found objects, kinetics, installation, digital fabrication through the CNC Router and 4D applications.

Metals Studio
This course introduces metal materials as a medium of personal expression. Students will develop original designs into finished pieces using a variety of traditional and/or contemporary methods and materials such as cold connections, texturing, soldering and enameling as well as other fabrication methods such as casting, married metal and chasing.

Painting Techniques

Explores the characteristics and use of acrylic paint and water-based media such as watercolor and gouache. Students will create works that utilize the distinct characteristics of the various media. This course is appropriate for students of varying degrees of experience but students should have some drawing experience.

Personal Directions in Painting
Paint from observation and imagination to find your own visual language. Work more intuitively and view unforeseen occurrences as opportunities to discover new possibilities. Explore new processes in brushwork and color layering, as well as Post-Impressionist, Abstract, and Abstract Expressionist styles. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended.

Printmaking Techniques

This course explores techniques such as dry point, etching, wood-cut printing, linocut printing, collographic printing and screen printing. Students will learn about the various techniques associated with these print processes and develop printing skills that use the traditions of these media.