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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.
- Fundamentals of the Arts
- 3-D Art: Ceramics
- 3-D Art Advanced Ceramics
- Art History
- Mixed Media
- AP Studio Art
Ceramics is an 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 reflection on your 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 semi annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Ceramics Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.
Advanced Ceramics is an art class taught in the ceramics room of the Gerry Clark Art Center (GCAC). In the class, students complete a minimum of 20 ceramic projects, thrown or hand-build, to completed by the end of the year. Each project must be completed to photographic quality, including clean, finished surfaces with thoughtful glaze applications. Each group of pieces within a project must also represent a given theme through a similar form, function, and design. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on demonstrations during class and weekly Photo Journal entries in PowerSchool with written reflection on the progress of your projects during the semester. The class will culminate with the students creating their portfolio, with their best-of- the-best being displayed at our semi annual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion intermediate ceramic
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 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 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.