INTRODUCTION TO ART (FRESHMAN WHEEL)

Grade: 9

Semester: 9 weeks

Credit:.25 elective

Prerequisite: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

DATA’s Introduction to Art course will provide freshmen with a means of describing and discussing artwork (conceptual), and with the basic practices (techniques) for creating art. Students will work in a variety of media to explore form, color, and structure in visual art.

COURSE GOALS:

Students will develop a basic understanding of:

  • Basic color and composition theory
  • Methods of capturing three dimensional objects and figures in two dimensional space

FIGURE AND LIFE DRAWING

Grade: 10-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Art (or equivalent)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

DATA’s Drawing course deals with the process of creating structures on the page that are analogies of structures both in the world and in the imagination. Drawing is a means of developing deep investigation and analytical skills that can be applied to realms beyond visual arts. Developing skill in the language of the mark is a path to effective communication. Figure drawing is a critical practice to developing an understanding of complex arrangements of parts acting as a system or whole. In studio practice and in extended projects, students will develop a range of tools to communicate live, three-dimensional information in a restrictive, two-dimensional universe.

 COURSE GOALS:

Students will develop their abilities to:

  • More quickly and accurately depict three-dimensional objects and figures in space
  • Express themselves visually in clear and creative ways
  • Create images that demonstrate aesthetic sensibilities and challenge the viewer
  • Discuss and critique artwork by themselves, their peers, and their predecessors

ART THEORY AND COMPOSITION

Grade: 10-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit:1 1.0 elective

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Introduction to Art (or equivalent)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

DATA’s Art Theory and Composition class explores the fundamentals of color and composition theory through a series of cumulative and interwoven exercises. Students will explore a variety of media as they develop their understanding of visual communication and process, and will develop the ability to conceive and craft visual works that apply color and design principles with purpose.

COURSE GOALS:

Students will develop their abilities to:

  • Successfully plan and execute complex visual compositions in a variety of media
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of art theory and compositional traditions
  • Create compositions that demonstrate aesthetic sensibilities and challenge the viewer
  • Discuss and critique artwork by themselves, their peers, and their predecessors

ADVANCED PORTFOLIO

Grade: 12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 elective

Prerequisite: 

Successful completion of Figure and Life Drawing AND Art Theory and Composition AND a portfolio review by DATA’s studio art instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this rigorous course, students will conceive and create sophisticated portfolios for AP submission, and will work together to create a small-form installation work. They will hone their technical skills in drawing and painting, and will begin to explore more advanced media such as oil paint. They will be required to create small-format portfolios for review by a board of experienced artists, and will generate artists’ statements for their bodies of work, and write explanatory essays about their AP focal portfolios.

 

COURSE GOALS:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a sophisticated and refined understanding of visual conventions Through the production of their own visual work, and; Through critique of their own work and the work of others
  • Demonstrate technical skill in the production of art in a variety of media
  • Generate a portfolio for submission to colleges and to the AP portfolio review
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