ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

MS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

POTTERY

This trimester course is designed for students who have an interest in working with clay to create functional and non-functional pottery. Students will learn basic hand-building techniques, and learn how to use clay tools and equipment in a safe and responsible manner. Emphasis in student learning will center on developing a strong foundation in understanding the elements and principles, techniques, and processes. Throughout the course, students will participate in class discussions, develop creative problem solving skills and connect key concepts between the visual arts and other subject areas.

Prerequisites: None

Length of Course: One Trimester.


MIXED MEDIA

This trimester course is designed for students who have an interest in investigating multiple ways of incorporating printmaking, drawing, collage and painting techniques into a variety of mixed media works of art, producing 2-D and 3-D art forms. If you enjoy the process of making art then this course is for you. Emphasis in student learning will center on developing a strong foundation in understanding the elements and principles, techniques, and processes. Throughout the course, students will participate in class discussions, develop creative problem solving skills and connect key concepts between the visual arts and other subject areas.

Prerequisites: None

Length of Course: One Trimester.


SCULPTURE

This trimester course is designed for students who are interested in constructing 3-D sculptural forms using a variety of materials such as cardboard, paper mache, plaster and found objects. Emphasis in student learning will center on developing a strong foundation in understanding the elements and principles, techniques and processes. Throughout the course, students will participate in class discussions, develop creative problem solving skills and connect key concepts between the visual arts and other subject areas. Prerequisites: None 

Length of Course: One Trimester 


DRAWING & PAINTING

This trimester course is designed for students who have an interest in developing and improving their drawing and painting skills. Students will focus on developing a high level of craftsmanship in their work, using a variety of drawing and painting media, and learning new techniques for producing art. Emphasis in student learning will center on developing a strong foundation in understanding the elements and principles, techniques and processes. Throughout the course, students will participate in class discussions, develop creative problem solving skills and connect key concepts between the visual arts and other subject areas. 

Prerequisites: None

Length of Course: One Trimester

NOTE: If students would like the opportunity to work in greater depth and exploration, they can choose to do take 2 consecutive trimesters of Drawing and Painting. (Recommended for Grade 8 students trimester 2 and 3) 


FIBER ARTS & CRAFTS

This trimester course is designed for students who have in interest in design and decoration on fabric, using a variety of media and hands-on processes to create pillows, scarves, aprons or wall hangings. Emphasis in student learning will center on developing a strong foundation in understanding the elements and principles, techniques, and processes. Throughout the course, students will participate in class discussions, develop creative problem solving skills and connect key concepts between the visual arts and other subject areas. 

Prerequisites: None

Length of Course: One Trimester


PUBLIC ART

This trimester course allows students to work in groups to design and create works of art for the school. The focus of this course is to develop art techniques, promote positive interactions and collaboration, and strengthen communication skills. Creativity, craftsmanship, personal effort, and critical thinking are all included in the assessment process. A consistent willingness to work collaboratively is especially important in this course. 

Prerequisites: None

Length of Course: One Trimester


GENERAL ART

This trimester course offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of different art making methods and materials, creating 2-D or 3-D art. Students will strive to develop and achieve a high level of craftsmanship in their work. Emphasis in student learning is centered on developing a strong foundation in understanding the elements and principles, techniques and processes and how they are applied to the creative process. Students participate in class discussions, develop creative problem solving skills and connect key concepts between the visual arts and other subject areas. 

Prerequisites: None

Length of Course: One Trimester