- CREATING. Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work
- PERFORMING. Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation
- PRESENTING. Interpreting and sharing artistic work
- PRODUCING. Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work
- RESPONDING. Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning
- CONNECTING. Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context
The Visual Arts curriculum exposes students to different opportunities to explore, create, and problem-solve. With a mastery of skills, and knowledge of fundamentals, techniques, and materials, students can transform self-expression and ideas that can be applied to the outside world. Students will have the opportunity to work independently, collaboratively and integrate with other subjects. The variety of art skills, techniques, and materials taught will build a foundation for innovation, allow students to explore what it means to be an artist, find an artistic path, and develop a lifelong love of art.
MIDDLE SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS
Visual Arts 6
Is a foundation class for students to explore basic art media and techniques, such as drawing, painting, graphic design, collage, printmaking, sculpture, and digital art. Students will problem-solve visual challenges in research, planning creative projects, developing craftsmanship, technical and artistic skills, and the proper use of art tools.
Visual Arts 7
Expands upon basic terminology and skills using the elements and principles of design. It develops intuitive and creative thinking with continued exploration of basic art media and techniques in drawing, painting, graphic design, collage, printmaking, sculpture and digital arts.
Visual Arts 8
Innovators will practice developing their technical skills through sketching, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and digital arts techniques. By manipulating art materials, innovators incorporate their personal experiences, ideas, and feelings into art projects. We will look at artists’ work from multiple disciplines and eras to understand how they influence art throughout history.
UPPER SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS
Visual Arts 1
Offers students a semester of art skill-building techniques to spark the creative and innovative process. Innovators learn how to generate original ideas, gather references, create preliminary drawings, and play with experimentation. Students will learn various art skills, types of composition, the Principles of Design, and how they organize the Elements of Art. The artwork developed will be made by the execution of design using traditional 2D & 3D materials, as well as digital mixed media applications.
Visual Arts 2
Students learn about visual composition through the lens of Human Centered Design. During the first half of the year, students build on their art foundation skills and materials. Drawing techniques, painting, sculpture, and digital art are integrated through the learning process. In the second half of the year, students apply those skills to an independent investigation project. The focus of this course is primarily to empower students to create a body of work and build confidence with artistic development. Innovators hone their knowledge and art skills through design, experimentation, and trusting their vision. Students are encouraged to follow their passions and grow as artists through an honest critique of their work.
Visual Arts 3
Students explore their passions with skill development in design, fine arts, or digital arts. They investigate and create a passion project that communicates their interests and ideas. This course gives the opportunity to dive deep into an artistic interest that explores and develops ways of expression, problem-solving, skills, and application of ideas in a meaningful way. Students’ knowledge and appreciation of art grow by integrating cultural art and design practices as well as encouraging student voice and choice.
Visual Arts 4
Directs students to create meaningful art that can be applied to the outside world. Different art concentrations, such as sculpture, 2D, 3D, and Digital Design, work together to create art around social impact and to inspire change. Students learn to think critically about culture, environment, and the impact of art in the community. Self-expression, impact, and a variety of materials will be used to support portfolio development and a final gallery experience.
Scope & Sequence
Introduction to Lines and Color
What is Art
The Purpose of Art
Integration of Art
Elements of Art
Principles of Design
Visual Representation and Illustration
Grids and Layout
Introduction to Printmaking
Application of Art Materials
Development of Art Materials
Art Materials Investigation
Visual Storytelling Techniques
The Impact of Art
Basic Drawing Skills
Introduction to Drawing Skills
Foundational Drawing Skills
Introduction to Digital Art
Introduction to Photoshop
Photoshop & InDesign
Initial Portfolio Creation
"Art allows you to make others see what only you imagine."