Grades 3-5. Do you love to create and tell fantastic stories? Can you tell a story through drawings? In this course, students look at a series of beautifully illustrated children’s books as inspiration for their own personal story-telling and image-making. Using a variety of 2-dimensional media, students create innovative and diverse pages for a very unique illustrated story. Students who are avid readers and imaginative writers enjoy the literacy component of this course. Students who wish for more encouragement in reading and expressing thoughts in writing also benefit from this fun class!
Grades K-2. This environment-inspired course encourages students to look more carefully at the neighborhood around them, not only to see the buildings and structures it contains, but also to think about the people who live there and the natural living things that make the place beautiful. Students use structures in the area as the basis for collaged pieces. Inspired by artists who have used community and surroundings as the basis for their art, including Tom Miller (local Baltimore artist) and Red Grooms, students create both 2-D and 3-D works of art that define the neighborhood. Students use patterns and textures found in nature, in trees, the sky and ground, and in buildings as inspiration for their art.
Grades K-2. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to faraway places across the seas? Let’s ride elephants in Thailand, journey across the Pacific, travel by camel across the desert, and fly up to the moon! In this unpredictable and adventurous course, students open their eyes to the colors, textures and styles of the peoples and places around the world (and beyond). From the most remote mountains to bustling cities, students explore the contrasts and similarities of cultures and places around the globe. Working with their ‘travel companions’, students collaborate with classmates to select the places to which they will journey, creating art along the way.
Grades 3-5.Throughout the centuries, hand-built clay objects have served numerous purposes, allowing people to transport materials, store grains, protect treasures, and hold liquids. Students to pinch clay forms, use slip and score techniques to join pieces of clay, make even coils, and roll even slabs. Using a rich array of clay techniques using only hand-held tools and processes, students experiment with drape-molds, hand-built vessels, functional items, and decorative sculpture. Under-glazing and glazing techniques are used to embellish clay surfaces.
Grades 6-8. In this course, middle school students explore and apply ways in which disparate imagery and materials can be arranged to create compositions that are both aesthetically pleasing and expressive of ideas and feelings. Students explore the potential of a variety of ideas, images and materials in designing and creating compositions of subject and topics that have personal meaning. Using a balance of found images and created images, students are encouraged to create narrative works, with equal emphasis on treatment of the work's surface, choice and arrangement of images, and selection of media.
Grades: K-2. Nowhere is there a medium more malleable and versatile than clay. Intended for our youngest artists and framed within an energetic context of play, tactile experiences, exploration and discovery, this course is intended to get students immersed in working creatively to create forms, apply textures, and consider the varieties of surface effects with glaze. Students extrude, roll, press, mold, shape, squeeze, pinch, and drape clay in unusual ways to create beautiful, artful clay objects. Once familiar with the basic characteristics, possibilities and limitations of clay, students will find that the options are virtually endless!
Grades 9-12 This fun yet intensive course is designed for super-motivated students who want to learn creative video making. Students are idea-generators, scriptwriters, prop creators and actors in this exciting production. Fundamentals of video making are learned through exercises in writing, shooting, and editing. In addition, students learn how to plan a complex project, research a subject, create a storyboard and work as a member of a production team. Reviewing and discussing the work is an ongoing part of the program. Students work in small groups to produce their final projects.
Grades 6-8. In this course, students hone perceptual and observational drawing skills using a variety of 2-D media and specific subject matter such as still-life set-ups, objects, natural forms, and the surrounding landscape. Students learn skills and techniques for realistic rendering by focusing on and capturing what they see using value, shading and contrast to create a sense of form, Composition is emphasized as students make purposeful decisions about how to organize space within a picture plane.
Grades: 4-6. One of the most exciting ways of making art is working with sculptural media to create three-dimensional art forms. In this course, students use sculptural media including wire, plaster, wood, clays and other natural materials to create sculptures, assemblages and installations. In the process, students gain experience with many sculptural forms and media, discover a variety of artists and heighten spatial and kinesthetic awareness. Using sketches and working from observation, memory and imagination, students make personally meaningful work that is inspired by their interests and objects of our everyday world.
Grades 9-12. Using a variety of paint media such as inks, watercolor, tempera paint, and acrylic paint, students in this course explore a variety of paint materials, brushes, and techniques, both traditional and non-traditional, to create a body of work that spans realism to expressive abstraction. Emphasis is on breaking "out of the box" in expressive use of color media, with a variety of prompts guiding students to make meaning and incorporate narratives into their work. This is a fast-paced class, with students generating a large body of studies and exercises as they build a strong foundation and comfort with each color medium. The confident painter will then be asked to synthesize this knowledge to create larger, cohesive paintings based on a selected theme.
Grades 9-12. Using a variety of dry and wet color media, students explore the powerful role of color on an artwork’s mood, atmosphere and overall visual impact. In order to make informed decisions about color, students first learn color relationships and color theory as they create a series of related compositions that reflect specific color schemes. Throughout the course, students view the works of master painters as inspiration for the infinite ways color can be utilized for stylistic and expressive purposes.
Grades 9-12. Beginning with an understanding of compositional principles and the basic function, features, and possibilities of the digital camera, students learn to create and print digital images. From a variety of prompts intended to tap into students' interpretation and experience of the visual world around them, students collect imagery around campus, in their daily lives, at home, and outdoors. As the course progresses, the class explores the Adobe Photoshop program as a tool to refine images and explore options in manipulating imagery for expressive purposes. Note: Students must bring their digital camera to each class.
Grades: 6-8. Who designs all of the colorful soda can labels, CD covers, cereal boxes and other graphic images that entice you to pick-up, try, taste and purchase favorite products? In this course, the designer is you. Using the basic drawing toolbox in the Macintosh graphics lab, students use rendering skills (with a computer mouse), a scanner, the vast visual resources available via Internet, and text to create computer-generated packaging, advertisements, posters and promotions for real and fictional products. If you have a creative mind, a flair for text, and a love of computers, this course is for you.
Grades 6-8 This intense studio workshop begins with a review of students’ current art portfolios, with discussion about what a well-rounded high school portfolio might look like. Students keep a reflective journal and sketchbook as they identify areas to strengthen in their artwork. Working independently with the instructor, students then develop a plan for tailored art problems intended to highlight skills and flesh out their portfolios for presentation. This course is especially designed for students who need a portfolio for entrance into high school but is also open to those who wish to employ a more independent course of study.
Grades 9-12. Intended for the student who wishes to flesh out an art portfolio with representational work, this course is a mix of figurative, landscape/cityscape, and still-life work. Rather than simply drawing from life, however, students are asked to think critically about subject matter choices and points of view. Beginning with open-ended prompts to help determine personally meaningful or symbolic subject matter for life-drawing, students respond visually by seeking places, objects, scenes, and actions to communicate personal narratives. Students gain skills in rendering realistically, creating form through light and dark, and developing strong compositions. While doing so, students also learn how to make purposeful selections in composing a piece of art. Students think deeply and critically about how to infuse a work from life with symbolic meaning, mood, and personal style via distinct personal mark-making and expression.