Studio Art and Digital Art

In all the Studio Art courses, the focus is on building a strong foundation of technical skills in drawing, design, painting and sculpture.

Along with class projects, students learn through art history lectures, demonstrations, and museum and gallery trips. We also have visiting artists each year to expose students to new art media. Throughout the year, students exhibit their artwork at Williams and at local art galleries such as the Mystic Art Association.

Art I

This course is a foundation course that teaches basic skills in drawing, composition and design, printmaking, sculpture and painting. A variety of media are introduced, including charcoal, pastel, ink, acrylic paint and clay. Art history is introduced with projects and presentations on Impressionism, Post- Impressionism and Cubism. Students learn how to look at and write about works of art. Individual studio work is reinforced by weekly homework assignments.

Art II

Students in this course will develop more complex skills in drawing, two-dimensional design and three-dimensional design. New painting media, such as watercolor are introduced in this course. Students will also learn relief sculpture, including sculpting, mold making and casting. The Art II course is very collaborative and students work together on art projects throughout the year. Art History is taught through a research project that focuses on art and artists in a specific era. Art I is a prerequisite for this course.

Art III

This course allows students to cultivate creativity in art while continuing to build a strong foundation. Structured projects in drawing, color theory and painting are balanced with long-term independent projects. Through independent work, students explore the more conceptual aspects of art and may spend extended periods of time with one media. Art analysis and interpretation is utilized to discuss various art movements throughout history. Students will also learn how to articulate their concepts through writing assignments. The Advanced Art course interacts with the Portfolio Development course through projects, critiques, and museum visits. Art I and Art II are prerequisites for this course.

Portfolio Development (Advanced)

This is an intense advanced art course that focuses on the creation of a comprehensive body of art works. Students will work on strengthening skills in drawing, painting and color theory. Students will also choose a concentration and complete a series of conceptual works in a particular media. Photographing artwork will be taught and students will learn how to edit art images and upload images to an online workspace. Students will also learn how to write an artist’s statement, an artist’s resume and other written components of an art portfolio. As part of this course, students will visit area museums and galleries, such as the Lyman Allyn Museum and Cummings Art Center for art criticism. Students will participate in art critiques and will present individual art portfolios at the end of each quarter. Art I, Art II and Art III are prerequisites for this course.

Digital Imaging I

(Grades 10-12)

Digital Imaging is a two-dimensional design course. Using analog, digital and film as the basic tools of expression, emphasis in this course is placed on the principles and elements of two-dimensional design, including composition, rhythm, movement, balance, contrast, repetition, unity and pattern. A firm foundation in photographic and film processes, as well as Photoshop application, will be established. There will be photo-shoots, demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on lab work. Throughout the year, students will incorporate and practice traditional techniques, explore new technology, and develop their personal voice in an atmosphere conducive to continual mentorship and creative exploration.   Art I is a prerequisite for this course.

Digital Imaging II (Advanced)

Grades 11-12

Digital Imaging II (Advanced) focuses on honing the technical photographic and film making skills learned in Digital Imaging I while emphasizing the conceptual aspects of visual story telling through the exploration and development of the theme of the Ethnographic Eye. Advanced students are expected to demonstrate a passion and discipline for the medium, as well as, an independent thought process. As in Digital Imaging I, there will be photo-shoots, demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on lab work. Throughout the year, students will further practice traditional techniques, explore new technology, and develop their personal voice in an atmosphere conducive to continual mentorship and creative exploration. Digital Imaging I is a prerequisite for this course.