The Art Appreciation course is an introductory survey course in the history, philosophy and technique of the fine arts. Students are educated in the history of art chronologically through the use of visual PowerPoint presentations on each art style and time period. Moving from the caves of Lascaux France to the mind of Marcel Duchamp, students engage in artwork from the caveman to the conceptual. After each presentation, a project generated in relation to the art style or period discussed is completed. This course aims to give every student a basic understanding of our visual culture and the importance of the fine arts in the contemporary global society.
Mixed Media is a course designed to give students a fresh perspective of Art while helping them lose preconceived notions of what Art is or can be. In this class, students will be challenged heavily on critical thinking and time management. Students will work in various mediums including collaborative public art projects, multiple medium drawings, indigo dying, printmaking and ceramics. These mediums will help students make connections between themes we study and review in class and the Art world. These themes include the urban experience, the natural world, domestic life, and ceremony and society. Students will engage in group critique to foster constructive criticism and a safe space to talk about ideas around our Art and ways we can improve on skills. Students who find special interest in Art can get a head start and start working on portfolios for college submissions individually with the Instructor.
Drawing and Interpretation class at St. Thomas More School is taught in a nontraditional way: we make our own drawing charcoal and paper in our Natural World unit and we create illustrations using micron pens in our Dreams and Visions unit. We spend a great deal of time developing traditional drawing skills in nontraditional ways. We cover many other themes including death, the body and portraits. Each student will learn a new skill for each unit and will be challenged to use his sketchbook daily in order to help develop skills. Students who find special interest in Art can get a head start and start working on portfolios for college submissions individually with the Instructor.
Modern Storytelling is a seminar course academically designed to introduce students to the art form that is film and the mechanics of the more conceptual environment of the college classroom. Each class begins and ends with discussion developed through prompts and presentations from the teacher based on films watched in the class. The course is therapeutic but is also writing-intensive. Students learn to develop their own cognitive reasoning skills that extend far beyond question and answer, and enter into the realm of the philosophical.
Advanced Studio Art (Independent Study of Art)
Advanced Independent Study is a course set up for students who have demonstrated a clear investment and or skill in the fine arts. The course of study is yearlong and will follow an advanced introduction to a studio studies schedule. This means that the class will predominantly cover advanced drafting, advanced color theory, and a more varied and advanced array of application techniques, art theory, and criticism studies. Students will further develop their skills of art: line, mark, space, tone, etc. Once both color and monochromatic media are used successfully, the class may foray into mixed media and conceptual projects, but the predominant focus of this class will be on advanced drawing techniques. The class will run concurrently with Studio Art as an independent program in which the students will pursue more advanced projects and concepts. Thus the class will act as an accredited successive course that advanced students who are possibly interested in a career in the arts will take to hone their skills. Every student will be supplied a sketch book in which homework will be assigned every night. Students who graduate from this class should be prepared to enter into a foundations program at any art college. Every student will complete a portfolio by the end of class, a full 15 images that can be used to apply to an art school.