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.
Be a part of the GrierTV team and help inform and educate your fellow students about what’s happening on campus! This class will focus on the methods and techniques used to broadcast a live signal to the school and the basics of operating as a real broadcasting team. Students will learn to operate a live camera, acting as director, camera operator, perform journalistic reporting, and even on-screen talent. Students will also learn how to create marketing ideas and time management for deadlines. The course encourages people who enjoy drama, acting, or voice acting to use their skills and personalities for live broadcasting announcements, their technical skills for creating and editing video content, and their leadership skills in helping to organize an event planner and script writing. Students will also be required to be in studio for weekly announcements.
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 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 in this course will learn the fundamental methods of being a part of a video production team. The course will include learning how to properly maintain and utilize video equipment, how to record quality sound, and pay attention to the importance of lighting on a set. Students will be required to complete multiple projects showing the skills that they’ve learned using production studio equipment and professional editing software such as Final Cut Pro. Students will also learn how to utilize a green screen and chromakey effects, as well as drone video footage, script writing, casting, and directing. Students will also be asked to assist with events outside of class. The class encourages teamwork, leader ship, and creativity to accomplish your goals on all projects!
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.