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Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department offers a broad range of courses for students of with all levels of artistic training.
Foundation level classes focus on building creative and technical skills through an array of media. Students also learn to develop their understanding of aesthetics, and critical visual analysis. As students progress to more advanced levels, they continue to expand and hone their conceptual and technical knowledge. Advanced level students design their coursework with faculty, exploring and growing their creative vision and interests. Three major art exhibitions, with many smaller ones, are mounted throughout the year.

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  • Drawing and Design

    Drawing and Design is an entry-level studio art course that explores a wide variety of artistic concepts (e.g., color theory, modeling perspective, composition), and makes use of many different media (e.g., black and white drawing materials, pastels, watercolors, acrylics). Art is made from observation, memory, and imagination. Sculpture projects, digital tools, and Photoshop are introduced in this skills-building class, which is designed for students with little or no background in visual art as well as those with extensive art experience. Study of artists and stylistic movements, occasional writing projects, vocabulary study, and class critiques are incorporated throughout the course to develop students’ ability to understand and discuss art.
  • Intermediate Art

    In this course, students develop their personal style, artistic vision, and creative expression through the exploration of various art and design genres. Building on the skills introduced in Drawing and Design, Intermediate Art emphasizes concept and quality over quantity, as students work to refine their art. The course may be repeated for credit as the curriculum and assignments change each semester, allowing students’ work to progress over time.
  • Advanced Projects in Art

    This course is for seniors with a strong background in visual arts who want to hone their personal style and self-expression through the creation of a mature, full body of work. Students develop a project by choosing a theme to explore in great depth. Conversations about work in progress and critiques of final projects further the understanding of the art-making process. Students in this class exhibit their work in a group show at the end of the school year.
  • Nexus: A Course in Design and Creation

    What is creativity in an age of technology, where art is no longer confined to the traditional disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, or photography? Nexus is a visual arts class that investigates the intersection of art, design, technology, and culture in the contemporary landscape.

    Using design software, 3D printers, laser cutters, and sewing machines in conjunction with the more traditional artistic approaches of drawing, crafting, and sculpting, students investigate various aspects of design and creation. Each student develops a personalized design project, beginning with basic mock-up sketches in pencil, moving to computer software renderings, and ultimately fabricating objects using the tools available in College Prep’s maker space, the X-Lab, and art room.
  • Beginning, Intermediate, & Advanced Photography

    Beginning Photography provides students with the technical skills to capture light, frame compelling compositions, and convey significant ideas through photographic images. Students learn about the fundamental principles of photography and the basic functions of manual 35mm film cameras, black and white film processing, and analog darkroom printing. After building this foundation, intermediate and advanced classes explore more technically complex analog photographic processes as well as digital and alternative photographic techniques. 

    Conversations about the history of photography and regular group critiques of student work are essential components of all photography courses. Through these conversations students learn to articulate ideas about visual images and understand their context within the photographic art form.

    Students who wish to continue with photography after four semesters may propose a personalized course of inquiry that delves deeper into a specific area of technical and conceptual interest.

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