In Grade 7, in addition to drawing and painting, which some students continue to elect, students study ceramics. Classes explore the many uses of clay, from simple handmade forms of early cultures to the extremely varied and sophisticated application of clay in modern society. Student work is exhibited in the Middle School and in the Campbell Art Gallery.
Intermediate - Explorations in Art
Based in skill and technique building with various tools. Referencing historical content and how contemporary art makers use the past to build the work of today. This course explores a range of mediums from drawing and painting to digital painting, 3D design and street art or urban contemporary art. Students will gain an understanding of the tools they are using as well as an introduction to multiple mediums and how they can work in tandem with one another.
Making Work with Non-Traditional Materials
This course focuses on collecting objects to make sculptures/3D design pieces that come from primitive and contemporary work. Examining the sculptural form, problem solving, and architectural forms of the following architects influences student creation: Antonio Gaudi, Frank Gehry, Louise Nevelson, Jean Dubuffet, Joseph Beuys, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Urban Contemporary and Found Object Art
The course examines the perspective and work of the following outsider artists or non–mainstream artists who are self taught and therefore not formally trained: Thornton Dial, Lonny Holly, Bill Traylor, and Madge Gill. Paint and objects found in the environment are assembled in this type of art to express the artist’s message.
Ceramics: Hand Building
Projects in this class include: research and create an African mask employing soft and hard slab construction techniques; create an aquatic animal of your choice by utilizing pinching techniques; craft a “replica” of an ancient Grecian vessel using the coil method and sgraffito decorating; and combine all introduced techniques and create a “personal” art piece as a final project. Maximum Enrollment: 12
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing
Students will concentrate their studio work on the wheel. Units include: an introduction of basic throwing techniques (center, enter, open, raise, and form); rudimentary thrown vessels will be created focusing on proportion and wall thickness; a variety of glazing applications will be introduced (dip, pour, trail, brush, stain, and spray); and composite pieces will be presented toward the end of the trimester (lids, handles, and spouts). Priority registration is given to students in Grade 8. Maximum Enrollment: 12.