The Junior Visual Arts program is for students in grades 3-6 who want to develop creativity and build fundamental art skills in a variety of media. All students take the global arts studio and then choose at least one visual arts elective. Students may choose two additional electives in visual arts or from other disciplines.
All Junior Visual Arts students participate in the Global Arts Studio where they learn about different cultures by studying different art techniques from a variety of points across the globe. This course encompasses numerous art activities that may include working with fibers, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, or painting.
Students choose at least one of the following Junior Visual Arts Electives:
This class is designed for students to explore clay as a medium of expression. Ceramics is designed to teach basic skills and will emphasize the creative aspects of working with clay in a variety of hand-building techniques. Projects will be both individual and group. (No wheel)
This class is designed for students to explore painting and drawing as a means of expression. Painting/Drawing will introduce students to a variety of media and techniques. Students will also have the chance to work from observation and explore their own personal expression.
This course provides students with an introduction to printmaking and helps students to develop their drawing skills. Printmaking provides an exploration of a variety of printmaking processes such as etching, linocut printing, rubber stamping and monoprinting.
Cartooning (Visual Arts Majors Only)
Students will learn to draw, paint and have fun developing new characters and creative creatures. Students will learn to create stories full of action and suspense by building a story arc with a beginning middle and end. Narrative elements such as point of view, character expressions and environments will be explored.
Digital Photography (Visual Arts Majors Only)
This class will introduce students to the basics of digital photography. Students will learn how to operate a basic digital camera and learn how to transfer the images onto a Mac computer for basic organization and editing. Experimentation, composition, lighting and subject matter will be discussed throughout the course. Digital cameras will be available to use during class. No previous experience is required. Students must provide a portable storage device such as a thumb drive for image storage.
Students may choose two additional electives in visual arts or from other disciplines.
Students will choose their courses after they have enrolled. Elective choices are not guaranteed and are based on schedule availability.
This program does not require a portfolio for admission. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so early application is advised.