The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

Upper School - Visual Arts Courses

Courses

List of 8 items.

  • Two-Dimensional Design I (2D1)

    2D1 is a foundation course with an emphasis on drawing skills, including proportion, design and composition, and color theory. In this course, students apply abstract ideas and themes to their work. They begin to look at art with a more focused eye towards composition, and they participate in class critiques. Projects include drawing, oil pastel, and mixed media collage. This course is required for all students in grade eight before choosing other electives.
     
    Students who successfully complete 2D1 will be able to:
    -       Use media and tools appropriately
    -       Understand proportion, value, and gradient in drawing
    -       Extrapolate from an existing work to create a new, abstract design
    -       Demonstrate interpersonal understanding as they create a self-portrait collage
    -       Care for their materials and maintain a clean workspace
  • Two-Dimensional Design 2 (2D2)

    2D2 is an advanced course in two-dimensional design. Students further investigate drawing techniques, and projects may include drawing, printmaking, and collage. 2D2 is a two-term class offered to eighth and ninth graders after completion of the required 2D1.
     
    Students who successfully complete 2D1 will be able to:
    -       Use media and tools appropriately
    -       Understand proportion, value, and gradient in drawing
    -       Care for their materials and maintain a clean workspace
  • Sculpture

    Sculpture is an introduction to creating art in three dimensions. Students look closely at the elements of space and form while designing work that ranges from abstract to realism. Materials may include wire, cardboard, plaster, found object, wood, stone, mixed-media, and ceramic sculpture. Sculpture is a two-term class offered to eighth and ninth graders after completion of the required 2D1.
     
    Students who successfully complete Sculpture will be able to:
    -       Use media and tools appropriately
    -       Design, plan, and execute an enlargement sculpture
    -       Demonstrate movement in wire sculpture
    -       Care for their materials and maintain a clean workspace
  • Ceramics

    This course is an introduction to the pottery studio, with an emphasis on hand building and ceramic construction. Students are challenged to think in three dimensions as they plan, draft, and build pieces that often combine function and form. Students learn techniques ranging from pinching to simple wheel throwing in an expansive, clay-only studio. In addition to construction, students explore glazes and glazing techniques from dipping to antiquing. Ceramics is a two-term class offered to eighth and ninth graders after completion of the required 2D1.
     
    Students who successfully complete Ceramics will be able to:
    -       Use media and tools appropriately
    -       Understand methods of clay construction; pinch, coil, slab, wheel
    -       Understand glazing techniques
    -       Care for their materials and maintain a clean workspace
  • Digital Photography and Media

    Digital Photography and Media is a course in the basics of photography using digital cameras. Students focus on composition and techniques of image capture; topics include camera usage, file format, exposure, white balance, lighting, creativity, and image editing software. Students learn to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to manipulate, correct, and crop images; students also explore advanced Photoshop techniques such as drawing within the program, combining images, and creating images from a blank canvas. Students also learn the basics of stop-motion animation and may create a short animation. Digital Photography and Media is a two-term class offered to eighth and ninth graders after completion of the required 2D1.
  • Painting

    This is an introduction to painting and painting techniques, building on the principles of Two-Dimensional Design 1. Working from photographs and from life, students explore composition and mix colors to accurately depict their subjects. Students work in a range of media, including watercolor and acrylics. This is a two-term class offered to eighth and ninth graders after completion of the required 2D1.
     
    Students who successfully complete Painting will be able to:
    -       Use media and tools appropriately
    -       Compose a picture
    -       Demonstrate understanding of color mixing
    -       Replicate colors they see
    -       Care for their materials and maintain a clean workspace
  • Printmaking

    Printmaking offers students an introductory look at the diverse world of printing. Students explore a number of different printing techniques, ranging from relief and intaglio to monotyping. Students participate in exchange portfolios and are welcomed into the communal feel of printing in a working print shop. While specific printing skills are assessed, students are also asked to show a competency in composition, as well as knowledge of the elements and principles of design. Printmaking is a two-term class offered to eighth and ninth graders after completion of the required 2D1.
     
    Students who successfully complete Printmaking will be able to:
    -       Use media and tools appropriately
    -       Work both additively and reductively with ink
    -       Create multiple matrixes using different materials
    -       Work within a communal space and exhibit respect for other’s work and ideas
    -       Care for their materials and maintain a clean workspace
  • Advanced Studio Art

    This advanced ninth grade course is a full-year immersion in the art studio and is graded as a full academic course on par with math, English, history, science, and world languages. Students are selected for Advanced Studio Art based on portfolio review by the visual arts faculty. Students complete work in two-dimensional media, including drawing, pastels, drypoint etching, mixed media, and acrylic painting. They visit galleries and explore the work of contemporary working artists. Exhibit opportunities exist in the larger community, our online gallery, and the School. 
     
    Students who successfully complete Advanced Studio Art will be able to:
    -       Use media and tools appropriately
    -       Complete a still-life drawing using principles of proportion, value, and tone
    -       Manipulate images with Photoshop
    -       Create a photorealist image using grid enlargement
    -       Understand the techniques of drypoint etching and create a series of prints
    -       Understand social issues in art through an iconic portrait
    -       Care for their materials and maintain a clean workspace