In this Introduction to Art History course, students in grades 10-12 will examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present, learn to look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and learn strategies of analysis. Finally, students will be asked to become fluent in the use of fundamental art historical terminology. Although emphasis is placed on Western European art, artistic traditions beyond the Western tradition will be integrated in the curriculum. Sophomores and juniors who plan on majoring in art in college are encouraged to take this course as preparation for the AP Art History course, which is typically taken by seniors.
In the Fiber Arts course, students in mixed-grade classes will learn the skills of several fiber crafts, including knitting, crochet, hand-spinning and weaving. Students will be encouraged to employ these skills to create finished projects. The instructor will help students to choose projects through which they can show their mastery of basic skills and can exercise their own interests to express their creativity and produce both craft and art.
The Handspinning course is an introduction to craft and art of making yarns from raw materials. Students will learn primarily how to work with various types of wools, from the raw lock to skein. Skills include washing, combing, hand-carding, machine-carding, dyeing locks and roving, drop-spindling, wheel spinning, plying and skeining. The instructor will help students to design their own yarns, to choose projects through which they can show their mastery of basic skills, and to explore their own interests and creativity. Note: this course is not for students with dust or fiber allergies.
The Knitting course is an introduction to the many ways of creating 2- and 3-dimensional ‘fabric’ art and craft by knitting. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of knitting and more advanced techniques through skill lessons and personally designed projects. Students will explore the use of diverse knitting materials, colors, and patterns to create exciting fabrics and useful, wearable items. Students will also be encouraged to apply the methods of knitting to create 2-D and 3-D art. The instructor will help students to choose projects through which they can show their mastery of basic skills, explore their interests and express their creativity in both arts and craft.
This course for students in grades 7-9 is a basic introduction to creative jewelry techniques using hand tools, recycled materials, beads, wire, found objects, and traditional and nontraditional materials. Student will also learn about safety in a jewelry studio, proper maintenance of the space, tools, and materials.
This course for students in grades 9-12 introduces and develops basic metal-smith techniques while the students look for personal inspiration in the design and fabrication of jewelry or the creation of ornaments for the living environment. A variety of non-precious metals and mixed media materials are used. Students also are instructed in the care and safe use of an assortment of hand and power tools used in the production process.
The painting course is designed to introduce the use of various painting mediums. Mediums used will be watercolor, tempera, acrylic, and oil. Students will learn about the nature of each medium while exploring different techniques and approaches through use of the elements and principles of design.
This course is an introduction to black and white photography which includes instruction in darkroom fundamentals, SLR camera functions, and dry-mounting. A 35 mm camera with some manual functions is required.
Students in grades 9-12 learn historic, traditional and digital photography while working on personal projects. Prior photography class or approval from the teacher is required. Prerequisites: Photography
This ceramics course introduces and develops basic ceramic techniques for beginners and those with some experience. It encourages the exploration of personal inspiration and also draws on current trends in ceramics. A full range of hand-building techniques are studied, including primitive forms of pottery and contemporary forms.
This course introduces and develops basic wheel throwing techniques for beginners and those with some experience. Also, care and maintenance of tools and equipment, glazing techniques and recycling of clay will be taught.
This course involves an exploration of the variety of techniques used in printmaking, including linoleum, woodcut, monoprinting and etching. Students are encouraged to create designs or motifs that express personal interests while elements and principals of design are reinforced as they apply to printmaking.
Students will learn the fundamentals, terms, and techniques of setting up and operating a video camera and will apply these techniques to a variety of assignments designed to 42 Updated 2/22/2018 challenge the imagination. Recorded assignments will then be loaded into Final Cut Pro, where students will learn how to make editing decisions and enhancements to their assignments. These include the use of “B-Rolls”, adding titles, text and voice-overs to their work. The class begins by learning how productions are conceived with the use of a storyboard and then produced with the use of a single camera to shoot multiple takes of a project. Projects include producing a commercial and making a documentary. The class then moves on to the technique of using multiple cameras to capture and edit one-take performances such as interviews and the school play. The end result of these more advanced techniques is a video that resembles a TV show or movie and is worthy of presentation to an audience. Projects of all levels of achievement are displayed on our large video monitor in the art hallway.
In this more advanced class, students will move on to more professional methods of video production. Students will learn how to shoot in front of a “green screen” and then edit their videos in order to place their subjects in front of different backgrounds. The class will also cover different techniques of producing three types of music videos. We cover the use of “keyframes” to artificially create movement within videos and to make titles more interesting to the eye. The students in this class will also be assigned to shoot and edit school productions, such as the school play, the school musical and any other special events that are hosted by Grier School. These projects are displayed on our large video monitor in the art hallway. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Video Production I.
This course is designed to meet the requirements outlined for an introductory college course in Art History. It helps students in grades 11 and 12 to develop an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students will examine major forms of artistic expression from the ancient world to the present day from a variety of cultures and will learn to look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity. Students will learn strategies of analysis, develop a firm understanding of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, and become fluent in the use of fundamental art historical terminology. Finally, although emphasis is placed on Western European art, artistic traditions beyond the Western tradition will be fully integrated in the curriculum. Students are required to take the AP Art History exam in May. Prerequisites: 2 years of study.
The teacher assists in the final preparation of a student’s portfolio for students interested in attending post-secondary programs where portfolios are a prerequisite to admission. The completed portfolio will show skills in all areas and mediums of art as required by the College Board assessment standard, fulfilling all college admissions portfolio requirements. Prerequisites: Grades 11 and 12, plus 2 years of study and sketch book review.