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The 2-D art track begins in grade 6 with a semester long Foundations of Visual Art Class, which introduces lead 2-D & 3D sixth, seventh, and eighth grade instructor Jane Taylor. Skills, techniques, and vocabulary in painting, drawing, and ceramics are explored. In grades 7 and 8 a student can move up to specialized classes focusing on a chosen discipline such as water media, acrylic, ceramics, digital art, or silk painting for a semester. Learn more about the wonderful work being done in the Middle School.In grade 9 students are given a year-long Fundamentals of the Arts class which introduces them to the main art studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC), lead 2-D art instructor Jordan Hayslip, and foundational skills of design. Students who continue to follow a 2-D art track from grade 10 to graduation select from intermediate painting, drawing, and print-making, with their education culminating in AP Studio Art.

When they are not in the studio, our aspiring artists find motivation and meaning in one of the most spectacular locations in the world: right in their backyard.

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of the Arts

1.0 credits

Fundamentals of the Arts is a special class for freshman only. This year long class 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 six Fine Arts disciplines; 2-D (Painting/Drawing), 3-D (Ceramics/Sculpture), Backstage (Woodshop/Stagecraft), Performing Arts (Acting/Music), Digital Media (Filmmaking/Photography), Computer Coding (Programming/Problem Solving), and Mixed Media (Collage/Photography) so that they can then pursue more advanced level coursework in an area(s) of their choosing. There is no prerequisite for this course. G-Period

2-D Art: Drawing

0.5 credits

Drawing is an intermediate 2-D Art class taught in the main art studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the studio, students will be given demonstrations of various drawing techniques and media, including pencil, charcoal, and ink, as well as studying historic and contemporary drawings. These techniques will then be demonstrated in the studio and in the field, as students work with the elements of design, to draw still lives, landscapes, and human figures. Grading will be based on participation and work ethic during class, Photo Journal entries on PowerSchool with written reflections on progress, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. 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 semi-annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 2-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

2-D Art: Painting

0.5 credits

Painting is an intermediate 2-D Art class taught in the main art studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the studio, students will be given demonstrations of painting techniques, as well as historical backgrounds to painters, and contemporary examples of paintings. These techniques will then be demonstrated in the studio and in the field, as students work with the elements of design, including form, space, and color, to paint still lifes, landscapes, and human figures. Grading will be based on participation and work ethic during class, Photo Journal entries on PowerSchool with written reflections on progress, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. 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 semi-annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 2-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Art History

0.5 or 1.0 credits

Art History is an intermediate Fine Arts class taught in the Energy Lab Conference Room and HPA's Isaac's Art Gallery. Students will analyze the 250 works required by the AP Art History Exam, covering works from global prehistory to the contemporary era; including cultural context, function, and content. Grading will be based on class presentations, essays, and online quizzes, culminating in a Final Exam. There is no pre-req for this course, and students have the option to take the AP Art History Exam, but it is not required.

Mixed Media

0.5 credits

MIxed Media is a one-semester intermediate Fine Arts class taught in Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). Through a series of studio assignments, students will explore materials and techniques through mixed media collage, assemblage and sculpture. They will combine traditional mediums of drawing, painting and printmaking with photo and text transfer processes and layering techniques using glues, mediums and encaustic (wax). In the second half of the semester, students will work on 3D projects, exploring found objects, kinetics and installation. The class will culminate with the students creating a large-scale collaborative work for our semi-annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Mixed Media, 3D or 2D Freshman Fundamentals.

AP Studio Art

1.0 credits

AP Studio Art is a yearlong advanced arts class 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 required studio assignments, photo journal entries on PowerSchool with written reflections on progress, bi-weekly class critiques, and participation in semi-annual art show. This course is for students interested in a rigorous and focused study in art and the prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of two intermediate arts classes and art instructor recommendation / approval. The class will culminate with the students submitting their AP Portfolio.

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