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3-D Art

From Function to Form • Pottery to Sculpture • Dream to Reality

The 3-D art track begins in grade 6 with a semester-long Foundations of art, which introduces skills, techniques, and vocabulary in ceramics. In grades 7 and 8 a student can move up to a semester-long Beginner class in ceramics. In grade 9 the students are given a year-long Fundamentals of the Arts class which introduces them to the Ceramics room in the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC), lead 3-D art instructor Will Zucker, and the foundational skills of spacial design. Students who continue to follow a 3-D art track from grade 10 to graduation, take Intermediate Potters Wheel and Intermediate Sculpture, with their education culminating in our Advanced class AP Studio Art.
Our students 3-D art is displayed twice a year in a rotating campus art show, as well as art competitions, and showings in local museums and galleries. For research and inspiration students also have access to Isaacs Art Center, a gallery featuring sculptures by local and international artists as well as a yearly wood-carving show.

Our ceramic rooms features 10 potters wheels, 3 glazing stations, and a propane kiln allowing each student to take creations to completion.

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of the Arts

For students in their first year at the HPA Upper School, this yearlong course introduces each student to the facilities, materials, and faculty of the Fine Arts Department at HPA. Students learn key skills and basic knowledge in four of five Fine Arts disciplines, so that they can then pursue more advanced level coursework in an area(s) of their choosing. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Intermediate 3-D Art: Potter's Wheel

Potter’s Wheel is a one-semester intermediate 3-D Art class taught in the Ceramics room in the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). The class will focus on creating a solid foundation on the wheel as students learn to throw covered pots, alter thrown pieces, and make section pots (multiple pieces combined to make a larger form). Students will be expected to demonstrate proper form and will be tested accordingly as they develop the proficiency to throw larger, more complex forms. Students will learn different glazing techniques as they decorate their works, with their final pieces being fired on campus in our kiln. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on demonstrations during class and photo journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on progress on the wheel during the week. The class will culminate with the students creating an online portfolio of their best work, with their best-of-the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Ceramics Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate 3-D: Sculpture

Potter’s Wheel is a one-semester intermediate 3-D Art class taught in the Ceramics room in the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). The class will focus on creating a solid foundation on the wheel as students learn to throw covered pots, alter thrown pieces, and make section pots (multiple pieces combined to make a larger form). Students will be expected to demonstrate proper form and will be tested accordingly as they develop the proficiency to throw larger, more complex forms. Students will learn different glazing techniques as they decorate their works, with their final pieces being fired on campus in our kiln. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on demonstrations during class and photo journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on progress on the wheel during the week. The class will culminate with the students creating an online portfolio of their best work, with their best-of-the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Ceramics Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art is a yearlong advanced arts course taught in the AP Studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). The students prepare a college-level art portfolio to be submitted to the AP College Board in May. The AP program offers three portfolio options: Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design. The portfolios share a basic, three-section structure, which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns. In the Quality Section (section I), students select five works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique, and content. In the Concentration Section (section II), students must demonstrate a depth of investigation and exploration into one visual idea or concern. In the Breadth Section (section III), students must demonstrate a serious grounding in
visual principles and material techniques. Grading will be based on Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on progress, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. The class will culminate with the students creating their AP Portfolio, with their best-of- the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of two intermediate arts classes.

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