Drawing & Painting I:
In D&P I students are immersed into a curriculum that explores a broad range of artists, art styles and movements from the beginning of the 20th Century to present day. Projects are theme based and pertain to broad concepts such as memory, spirituality, emotion and beauty which are paired with artists, art movements/historical context and art techniques. Some of the artists and art movements explored include: Realism and Hyper Realism with artist Robert Longo, Abstraction with Pablo Picasso, Regionalism with Georgia O'Keefe and Pop Art with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. A major focus of the course is to introduce students to a diverse range of drawing and painting media including: soft pastel, watercolor, acrylic paint, charcoal, oil pastel, graphite and colored pencil. Students are continuously encouraged to think creatively, explore and create work with personal meaning.
Drawing & Painting II:
This course is the continuation of Drawing and Painting I, which takes a more focused approach in preparing students for taking AP Art and contributing to the student’s art portfolios. Students work in a much more independent fashion by being given a specific theme or topic and then crafting a project proposal and sketches before creating their final compositions. Drawing & Painting II focuses more closely on mixed media exploration and urges students to think outside the box with media combinations. A few project topics include: Trompe l'oiel ("trick of the eye") and Hyper Realism; a hand study based on a specific emotion or gesture; Mixed media collage.