• Studio in Art - Prerequisite to all other art courses. Most often taken in the 9th grade. This requirement may be waived for senior non art students wishing to take a higher level course. Student must have instructors permission. Class size limited to 15 students. Studio will entertain elements of art history, drawing and painting, ceramics, sculpture and occasional films. Homework is not usually given with the exception of a research assignment. There are no lab fees, but all students must have a red fiber portfolio-large.
    Drawing and Painting - Students will begin with a drawing from a stillife, using a pencil and white paper. Time allowed 4-5 days. This will give the instructor a basic idea of each student's talent or skill level. No grade involved. The rest of September will be learning and practicing new and useful drawing techniques. Each continuing assignment will be connected to the previous practice techniques. October and November will focus on pastel, charcoal, conte crayon and colored pencils. At the end of Christmas break, students will begin painting with acrylic paints on canvas board using a photo of a landscape chosen mutually by the teacher and student. Students will learn proper color mixing techniques along with proper brush and palette care. By spring, students should have completed two paintings and one free project.
    Ceramics 1 is a half year course. Students will learn the basic properties of clay, the properties of different types of clay and how to work with it. Students will learn basic hand-building techniques, and will be asked to build a clay piece using each process. Students will also be taught basic kiln care, and will take part in loading, firing and unloading the kilns. The last part of the course teaches the practice of mixing, preparing and applying glazes.
    Sculpture - Students will begin learning about 3-dimensional forms. The first assignment is to create a life-size model of the human skull. Students will work from models and daily lectures. 112 clay is the medium. Modelling tools are used as they approach detail stages. After completion, a lecture will be given on the hollowing out process. After that, the skulls will be dried, fired and then painted. Students will next model a human head or bust using clay and tools. The same procedures will follow as in finishing the skull. The third project involves stone carving. Students will work from a 3-D model in clay and will learn the process of carving. The last project is a free choice made by teacher and student together.
    Advanced levels of Ceramics, Drawing & Painting and Sculpture are available to students with teacher and parent approval. Individual assignments are of increasingly more difficulty.
    Grading policy: Students will be given an assignment. Students will then be given either a lecture or demonstration pertaining to said assignment. Students will be instructed to the use of necessary tools and or media to be utilized. Techniques and options available for student use will also be discussed. Length of time necessary for completion of assignments will be determined by the complexity of the project and the instructor's knowledge of time frames. Students' grades will be determined by how well they answer the problem presented to them - aesthetics, creativity, work, completion of the project will be factors in determining the grade. Student shall not be given a failing grade for lack of creativity. Failure may result if the projects are not completed. All students shall be given the opportunity to make up work on their free time.