Discovering Art – Junior High (Grades 7-8)
Junior High Discovering Art provides beginning art lessons covering the elements of art. Projects include, but are not limited to, line design, color theory design, watercolor practice, set and prop collaboration, fashion and people art, cartoon characters, silhouette design, animal drawing techniques, clay techniques, and paper cutting techniques, and advanced winter shading projects. Class fees apply.
Introduction to Digital Painting (Grades 7-8)
This course is designed to introduce students to digital painting. In this course, students will learn the following methodologies and basics: applying traditional techniques to a digital process, concept painting, lighting, contrast, still life vs photo studies, composition, and speed painting. In conjunction with this training, students will be able to learn how to properly use the iPad and Photoshop to create works of art.
Discovering Art – High School (Grades 10-12)
Discovering Art is a beginning art course which builds art skills and progresses through the principles of art (gradation, rhythm, unity, variety, and contrast), while applying the elements of art (line, shape, color, value, texture, space and form). Students will work on skill building and small, medium, large, and group projects, implementing the California State Art standards. Projects include but are not limited to human face drawing, still life, optical design, watercolor expression, collage, drawing, perspective, realistic drawing and canvas painting. Class fees apply.
3-D Art (Grades 10-12)
3-D Art is for the student interested in sculpture and is designed to teach the student about the elements and principles of art as they relate to sculpture in its various forms. Students learn this by building, modeling and shaping a variety of materials. Projects include clay, carving, wood sculpture, wire sculpture, interior design, furniture design, collage and mixed media sculpture. Students build on their abilities while applying new techniques to each successive project. Students will also explore art as a form of communication, profession and personal expression. Class fees apply.
Advanced Art is designed for the maturing art student. The student should already have comprehension of the elements and principles of art and be able to handle intensive individual and group projects. They will be able to build a portfolio for college, while developing their advanced drawing and painting skills. Projects include watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oils, charcoal and mural design. Exploration of the style and technique of the great master artists, past and present, will enhance the student’s understanding and aid in the development of his or her personal artistic style. Prerequisites: Completion of two semesters of art and teacher recommendation. Class fees apply.
Calligraphy (Grades 9-12)
This calligraphy class is available for motivated students to learn the art of beautiful writing, creating words visually by using a method that is centuries old. Each student will master the uses of the calligrapher's tools and will achieve mastery in at least two foundational calligraphic alphabet styles. Additional advanced alphabets may also be learned as time permits. The culmination of this one-semester class will be each student's creation of a formal medieval-style manuscript.
Ceramics (Grades 9-12)
Various techniques of hand-built ceramic pottery and sculpture will be the emphasis of this one-semester class. The opportunity to learn wheel-thrown pottery can also be made available. Basic glazing and firing skills will be learned. Students will have at least two major hand-built ceramic assignments, with the opportunity to create and complete additional advanced ceramic assignments as time permits. Class fees apply.
Computer 3D Modeling with Zbrush (Grades 10-12)
This course is designed to teach students the basics of hard surface and organic modeling. They will build models using polygonal modeling techniques to create unique sculptures in 3D. Additional topics that will be covered are basic human and quadruped anatomy as well as texture painting. Background or interest in clay sculpting is recommended, but not required.
Digital Design and Animation (Grades 10-12)
This course will teach students graphic design using Adobe Creative Cloud, and introduce animation. Students will learn the principles of design and how to effectively use them to create various graphics in bitmap and vector art. Additionally, students will be introduced to basic user interface design, and learn to incorporate a Christ-focused perspective within the foundations of design and promote creativity to produce engaging pieces of art. The second semester of the class will focus on drawing for animation, and the art of animation. Traditional drawing skill recommended but not required.
Independent Art/Portfolio Development (Grade 12)
This is a course specifically designed for the aspiring senior student who will be applying for art or architecture as a major (in some form) in college. The students will be given upper-level challenge projects, as well as time to develop their complex higher-level thinking and projects (for submission to universities and colleges during their senior year). Students will be able to have one-on-one training, extra attention, and extra resources to help them achieve their career goals. Projects include: advanced furniture drawing and design, advanced portraiture, advanced figure drawing, and advanced sculpture. Students are required to obtain lists of scholarship and college requirements for the colleges to which they are applying so that their products can be tailored to their specific needs.
Linear Perspective Drawing Semester (Grades 9-12)
The drawing and painting techniques of perspective to create the illusion of deep space on a flat surface were developed and mastered during the Italian Renaissance. In this linear perspective drawing class, 1-point, 2-point, and 3-point linear perspective drawing techniques will be presented and then successfully learned by each student, resulting in the creation of accurate renderings of architectural subjects and their surrounding environments. The mastery of these drawing skills will have useful and practical applications for those students who desire to subsequently take computer aided design (CAD) classes as well as college study in the fields of architecture and the visual arts.