Visual Arts

Ceramics 2 Honors

In this advanced class, students expand on foundational skills acquired in Ceramics 1, honing technical skills on the potter’s wheel and in advanced hand-building. Students develop their own creative style and showcase work with refined craftsmanship. Students work to create higher quality through advanced concepts, including pottery surface decoration with colored slips, sgraffito, textural application, and underglazes. Students create a portfolio of work and practice utilizing art vocabulary in group critiques, where they study, evaluate and interpret their own and others’ work.

2024-01-29T23:12:58+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Upper Division, Visual Arts|

Advanced Making Movies

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Advanced Making Movies continues the process of developing documentary and narrative films initiated in Making Movies 1. This exceptionally fun class also helps students interested in pursuing filmmaking at the college and beyond. The course challenges students to work as a team to create projects, with an eye to potential submission to student film competitions, as well as for admission to competitive summer and college programs. After one year of Advanced Making Movies, students may choose to take the course again and focus on independently driven projects. For this course, students must demonstrate: (1) familiarity or proficiency in elements of movie production, including camera operation, editing software, and writing; and (2) an ability to work both independently and as a member of a crew. Summer program or other work before this class is highly recommended. An [...]

2024-01-29T23:58:23+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Visual Arts|

Making Movies 1

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course has a yearlong option. If you choose to take only a semester, the course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the visual arts discipline. In this course, students learn how to create their own films, starting with bite-sized, attainable goals like 15 second movies without dialogue, as well as reports that can be transferred to their other courses. Students explore all the components of short documentary and narrative films—from concept development to post-production—and develop competence to create their own projects from start to finish. Students learn strategies for creating compelling stories, and they screen films to study [...]

2024-01-29T23:57:45+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Visual Arts|

AP Studio Art: Drawing & 2D Design

Type: honors Available to: all qualified grade 10, 11, and 12 students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page A select group of students, chosen by the faculty for their demonstrated excellence in studio art, motivation and potential, prepare a portfolio for submission to the College Board in the spring. There is the potential for receiving college credit. This course is rigorous and is for committed art students, many of whom are considering college programs for study in a range of disciplines that may extend beyond drawing and painting— such as filmmaking, fashion, industrial design, and architecture. Working independently under faculty guidance, students are expected to produce a majority of work outside of class and they have access to the art studios during weekends and after school. Students create 20 total works to meet the AP portfolio requirements.

Art 2: Architecture

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Special Notes: This course is offered in alternate years, and is not available in 2024-2025. It will be available in 2025-2026 Through exploration and application of design techniques, students embrace the practice of architecture to develop awareness of this impactful aspect of our everyday lives. Students indulge in creative play with concept development, as they probe creative design as a potential college-level pursuit or career path. Students practice perspective drawing and apply the design process, from ideation thumbnails to drafting digital plans and hand-building models. Students consider the history of architecture and current innovations in environmentally conscientious planning. When possible, students take field trips that highlight homes and building projects in our area.

Drawing & 2D 2

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page This hands-on studio class is for students interested in building advanced proficiency in drawing and painting as well as developing an individual aesthetic and conceptual understanding of art-making. Technical focus is placed on observational work, including traditional easel painting and drawing of classic motifs, such as still life, portraiture, and landscape. Mixed media projects explore contemporary real-world applications of art-making, including art as community building and collaboration, art as expression, art as communication and activism, art as documentation and preservation, and art as function. Students build portfolios and have the opportunity to engage in public installations of their work. Hands-on class projects are supplemented with an introduction to art history movements and the exploration of diverse image-making artists across the globe.

Drawing & 2D 1

This beginning art class exposes students to the fundamentals of art. Students discover and explore the elements of art, the principles of design and the foundations of art history. Exploration in figure drawing, observational rendering, linear perspective and color theory are starting points for the student’s creativity. Through class critiques students evaluate their own work and analyze the work of others.

AP Studio Art: Photography

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Students develop a portfolio of work which, when completed and reproduced in digital form, will be submitted to the College Board. Students learn to practice independently beyond the classroom schedule, to have refined criteria for evaluating their work, and to aspire to the level of photographic expertise and sophistication of students enrolled in the first year of an art college curriculum. The course provides a format for serious photography students who wish to explore their potential for self-expression and technical development in the visual arts through the exploration of analog and digital photography. Assignments are designed to elicit both a wide variety of technical experimentation and photographic themes as well as to explore a single concept in-depth for the sustained investigation segment of the AP portfolio. Hands-on studio projects are interspersed [...]

2024-01-30T17:50:57+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Visual Arts|

Darkroom Photography 2

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page This is a second year program that features assignments designed to develop a sophisticated eye for seeing photographic imagery. In addition to gaining more control in 35mm film, advanced darkroom techniques are explored including solarization, Van Dyke Brown Printing, working with medium and large format film as well as scanning and editing digital negatives. Students organize a cohesive portfolio based on individual aesthetics with opportunities to exhibit work throughout the year. Students should supply their own 35mm SLR film camera such as the Canon AE-1 or the Pentax K1000. Assistance is available upon review.

2024-01-29T23:55:59+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Visual Arts|

Darkroom Photography 1

Available to: all students Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the visual arts discipline. Students establish a foundation in working with 35mm film, gaining confidence in manual camera operation, changing film to reels, and darkroom developing and printing. In addition, students learn early alternative process techniques including building their own Camera Obscura, cyanotypes, and anthotypes. Hands-on class projects are supplemented with an introduction to the history of photography and the exploration of diverse image-making artists across the globe. The class culminates in an exhibition of student work. Students should supply their own 35mm SLR film camera such as the Canon AE-1 or the Pentax K1000. Assistance is available upon review.

2024-01-29T23:51:53+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Visual Arts|
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