• Visual Arts, Media & Textiles


    Our mission is to provide each student with a comprehensive and sequential program, led and taught by qualified art educators. Instruction includes production, analysis, history, and aesthetics of art and design. The program will encourage creativity and innovation, self-expression, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

    Art education is essential to the intellectual, social, and emotional development of each individual. The arts promote 21st century skills necessary to succeed in today’s world, such as effective communication, visual literacy, collaboration, and global awareness. Visual Arts include the traditional fine arts such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture; media arts including film and video, graphic communications, animation, and emerging technologies; fibers, textiles and fashion design, jewelry, and other materials.

     

    ART FOUNDATIONS

    This course provides a solid foundation in traditional artistic media such as drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students will gain proficiency in observational drawing skills and color theory. Students will also develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design and how artists use them to organize compositions and express ideas.  This course explores a variety of methods and techniques which will provide an excellent foundation for other courses offered in the department.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA ARTS

    This course provides an introduction to media arts including graphic design, illustration, and other forms of visual communication including digital imagining. Students will develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design and how designers use them to organize compositions and express ideas. This course explores a variety of methods and techniques which will provide an excellent foundation for other media arts courses offered in the department.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    DRAWING AND PAINTING I

    This course will explore a variety of materials and techniques used to draw and paint. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing skills, composition, and color. Projects will reinforce skills needed to improve technical and imaginative design. Students will work with a range of drawing pencils, colored pencils, ink, acrylics, and watercolor.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    DRAWING AND PAINTING II

    This course continues to explore new techniques and materials including charcoal, pastels, and mixed media. Students will build upon their skills acquired in Drawing and Painting I, while gaining proficiency with new materials and creating more advanced compositions.

    PREREQUISITE: Drawing and Painting I

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    HONORS PORTFOLIO

    This course is recommended for the advanced art student who need to prepare a comprehensive portfolio for art school/college applications. Students will further study drawing, painting, and design concepts in a variety of materials as they refine their skills in the visual arts. Students who are not planning to pursue art careers are also encouraged to take this course. Summer work is required.

    PREREQUISITE: Drawing and Painting II or Illustration and/or teacher approval.

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART: DRAWING

    This is an accelerated course designed for highly motivated art students and is equivalent to a college art foundation course. The drawing portfolio addresses a broad range of drawing issues such as line quality, light and shade, the illusion of depth, and mark-making. The AP Portfolio requires a minimum of 20 finished pieces that demonstrate sustained investigation, experimentation, revision, and skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas.  Written responses that explain students’ artistic investigation and ideas are also an important component of their portfolio. Students are expected to work on projects beyond class time and summer work is required.

    PREREQUISITE: Drawing and Painting II or Illustration and/or teacher approval.

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    ILLUSTRATION

    This course is designed to provide an informative introduction into the disciplines of illustration. Students will use traditional drawing and painting techniques as well as a variety of media and technology as they investigate the role of an artist as a storyteller, problem-solver, and reporter. Emphasis will be placed on effective use of the elements and principles of design. Projects will reinforce skills needed to improve technical and imaginative design.

    PREREQUISITE: Drawing and Painting I

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    GRAPHIC DESIGN I

    This course will provide students with an introduction to the field of graphic design. Students will develop creative problem solving skills through hands-on projects that are linked to the commercial applications and professional practices of graphic design, advertising, illustration, and visual storytelling. Projects will focus on the study of typography, logo design, digital imagery and manipulation, illustration, and basic layout techniques. Students will create work by hand, and computer application to design will gradually be introduced with the use of industry-standard Mac computers and Adobe design software.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    GRAPHIC DESIGN II

    This course further explores the various modes of visual communication. Projects will concentrate on more advanced design and layout techniques, including posters and package design. There will be an increased focus on developing innovative and creative solutions to design problems, as well as using industry-standard technology to produce high quality design work.  Students will build a design portfolio, explore career options, and learn more about the exciting fields of graphic design, illustration, and animation.  This course is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in any of those areas.

    PREREQUISITE: Graphic Design I

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY I: DIGITAL AND DARKROOM

    Students will study the foundations of fine art photography by developing technical knowledge and skills, both digitally and in the darkroom. They will learn how to operate the manual functions of SLR cameras to gain creative control of the images they capture. The elements and principles of design will help students gain a better understanding of composition and subject matter in their photographs. Current technology and traditional equipment will be used as students learn different aspects of fine art photography.  Students will also gain experience with presentation techniques as they build a collection of work.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY II

    This course is designed for students who wish to expand their knowledge of photographic techniques, both digitally and in the darkroom. There will be an increased focus on personal expression and visual communication through photography.  Further exploration of film photography and how to use the darkroom will help build creative problem solving skills and thoughtful decision making. Additional concepts will include studio lighting techniques, alternative processes, and digital manipulation of imagery to create meaningful works. Students will study the work of historical and contemporary photographers as inspiration and classroom critiques will assist the student in developing a portfolio of their best work.

    PREREQUISITE: Photography I: Digital and Darkroom

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES

    This course is designed for the serious photography student who wishes to further explore photographic techniques as a means for personal expression. Topics may include liquid emulsions, brushwork, toning, solarizing, hand coloring, photo collage, kodaliths, high contrast prints, pinhole cameras, holga cameras, and combined techniques. Students will explore the creative possibilities of combining traditional methods with digital processes to create more advanced works.

    PREREQUISITE: Photography II

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART: 2D DESIGN

    This is an accelerated course designed for highly motivated art students and is equivalent to a college art foundation course. The design portfolio addresses purposeful decision-making about how to use the elements and principles of design in an integrative way.  The 2D Portfolio can include a variety of design topics such as graphics, photography, illustration, painting, and printmaking. The AP portfolio requires a minimum of 20 finished pieces that demonstrate sustained investigation, experimentation, revision, and skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas.  Written responses that explain students’ artistic investigation and ideas are also an important component of their portfolio. Students are expected to work on projects beyond class time and summer work is required. PREREQUISITE: Two courses in Photography or Graphic Design, and teacher approval.

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    3D DESIGN

    Students will design, plan, and create three-dimensional projects using a variety of media. This course will address sculptural issues in depth and space, while creating both functional and non-functional objects. Various elements and principles of design will be explored. Materials may include clay, fibers, cardboard, wood, plaster, wax, paper-mache, fabric, and metals.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    CERAMICS I

    Students will work with hand building techniques and time permitting, the potter’s wheel. Objects made will be functional and sculptural. Students will learn pinch, coil, and slab techniques, the process of firing, and various glazing techniques.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    CERAMICS II

    This course is designed for students to expand on skills learned in Ceramics I. Students will work on more advanced and independent project ideas and clay techniques. Students will utilize the elements and principles of design and demonstrate good craftsmanship throughout the course. Research and homework will be given to supplement classroom instruction.

    PREREQUISITE: Ceramics I

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    EXPLORING ART HISTORY

    Exploring Art History will provide an introduction and overview of the history of visual art. The course will emphasize how art has been a reflection of culture and society through various historical periods. This is an interactive course. Students will view, discuss, and write about artwork, as well as engage in hands-on projects that reinforce main concepts and stylistic movements.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    CLOTHING AND TEXTILES

    In this project–based course, students will learn the basics of clothing construction using commercial patterns, appropriate tools and technology, machines available for home sewing and serger machines. Throughout the course, students will learn about fabric selection and care as well as the skills needed to produce, alter or repair fashion apparel and textile products. The information presented in this course is a valuable asset for all students, but students who are interested in careers in the fashion industry will find this course extremely helpful in their future studies.

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    ADVANCED CLOTHING AND TEXTILES

    This project-based course is designed for students who are already proficient in garment construction and wish to acquire more sophisticated construction techniques to create a superior garment. Emphasis will be placed on garment construction in addition to creating a portfolio of advanced techniques, which may be utilized in creating challenging projects of the student’s choice. Students will also help in the creation of the annual fashion show of student work, which will be held in the spring.

    PREREQUISITE: Clothing and Textiles

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    TAILORING

    This project-based course is an advanced course for students who have successfully completed Advanced Clothing and Textiles and wish to create haute couture, high fashion garments with finishing details found on high priced, ready-to-wear garments. In addition, students will explore the area of fiber studies as it relates to becoming a wise consumer. Students in this class will organize the annual fashion show of student work, which will be held in the spring.

    PREREQUISITE: Advanced Clothing and Textiles or teacher approval

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    VIDEO PRODUCTION I: FUNDAMENTALS

    This course introduces the basic skills needed for effective video communication.  Instruction includes pre-production, camera operation, picture composition, editing, audio recording and basic mixing, and continuity.  Other topics include production crew positions, scripting/storyboarding, lighting, shot sequencing, and planning. Assignments emphasize field shooting techniques and editing.  Students will work with professional quality equipment and digital editing software, and they will gain a deeper understanding of video communication.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    VIDEO PRODUCTION II: STUDIO & FIELD PRODUCTION

    This course builds on the techniques introduced and practiced in Video Production I.  Studio production is introduced and emphasis is placed on adapting field production skills to the studio environment.  Students will learn the differences between field and studio work, as well as how to combine them into effective video communication projects. Students will work with state-of-the-art studio technology.  Teamwork and collaboration skills are emphasized. PREREQUISITE: Video Production I

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    VIDEO PRODUCTION III: VISUAL STORYTELLING

    This course focuses on the development of creative shot sequencing and scene development. The WALLDO technique (wide, angle, low, linking, depth, opposite) is used to create dynamic scenes that visually communicate and captivate an audience.  Students are also introduced to Hi-Definition field shooting and editing. Advanced editing techniques, 3D effects, and pacing are all highlighted. Emphasis is on self-expression, technical quality, and effective use of media as a tool for communication. Projects consist of field work, studio work, or a combination of both.                                                                          

    PREREQUISITE: Video Production II

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    VIDEO PRODUCTION IV: PRODUCTION INDUSTRY

    In this course, students will further develop the skills practiced in Video Production III.  Emphasis will be placed on high quality work that can be used in the industry using Hi-Definition technology.  Students will take a leadership role in the production of programming for the school and local community. At least 50% of student work will be produced for Panther Media (the school district) or WMCT (Marlborough Community Television).  Students will also produce advanced individual or small group projects of personal interest. Emphasis will be placed on high technical quality, professionalism, and the ability to create media that effectively communicates a message to an audience.  After school hours may be required for certain projects.

    PREREQUISITE: Video Production III and instructor approval.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    VIDEO PRODUCTION V: INTERNSHIP

    This course is designed for students who wish to progress beyond Video Production IV.  Students will have the opportunity to intern in a professional setting and will gain direct industry experience.  Our partnership with WMCT (Marlborough Community Television) is a preferred choice for internship placement. However, students may also work directly with Panther Media or find a professional setting on their own, with approval from the instructor.  This course is designed for highly motivated students. After school hours will be required for the majority of project work.

    PREREQUISITE: Video Production IV and/or instructor approval.

    Semester course: 2 Credits