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2-D Art

Build a design foundation for life Create in Paradise Experiment and build technical skills

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

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 2-D Art: Drawing

Drawing is a one-semester intermediate 2-D Art course 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 in demonstrations during class, 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 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 2-D Section of the
Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate 2-D Art: Painting

Painting is a one-semester intermediate 2-D Art course 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 lives, landscapes, and human figures. Grading will be based on participation in demonsttations during class, 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 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 2-D Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate 2-D Art: Printmaking

Printmaking is a one-semester intermediate 2-D Art course taught in the main art studio of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the studio, students will be given demonstrations of monotype, woodcut, and linocut printmaking techniques, as well as studying historical and contemporary examples of printmaking. The students will demonstrate each of these techniques, as they design and execute their own pieces in each of these disciplines. Grading will be based on participation in demonstrations during class, photo journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on work completed, as well as bi-weekly class critiques. The class will culminate with students creating a traded portfolio, where each student creates a class set of their best print, and trades them to create a collaborative edition of prints. Then each student will upload their best works to their on-line portfolio, with their best-of-the-best being displayed at our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the 2-D 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.

AP Art History

AP Art History is a yearlong advanced arts course taught in the Isaacs Art Gallery.
The students develop an understanding of architecture, painting, sculpture, and
other art media within historical and cultural context as they prepare for the
Advanced Placement exam in Art History. The students examine major forms of
artistic expression from prehistoric through contemporary times that define
European, Near Eastern, Asian, African, Mesoamerican, and Oceanic art. The
students learn to look at these works of art critically, being able to understand the
context and culture that produced them, identify the elements and principles of art
design being demonstrated, and recognize the technical processes used by the given
artist. Grading will be based on Digital Art Cards posted on Haiku with written
reflections on a particular concept, responses to AP Essential Questions, and
completion of art projects and presentations. The class will culminate with the
students taking the AP Exam in May. The prerequisite for this class is World History,
AP English Composition, or AP Literature.

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