Available Courses

Items with (*) are electives

Visual Arts

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Art Studio

These courses are designed to allow students to explore a variety of art media in a studio setting. While classes are generally “hands on”, slides, films, field trips and the study of art history are also included. Goals include individual expression, creative exploration and personal sense of accomplishment.

6th Grade: Through a variety of projects, the 6th grade students are introduced to the “Elements of Art”, which include: Line, Form, Shape, Color, Space, Value and Texture.  Students are introduced to beginning drawing skills, linear perspective and shading. The 6th grade students finish their semester with a unit on Color Theory.

7th Grade: The 7th grade art students review their understanding of the “Elements of Art”. Their main studio focus is on 3 dimensional design. Projects included figure sculpture and hand-building with clay.

8th grade: The 8th grade students, through a variety of projects, build on their understanding of the art concepts and principles acquired in 6th and 7th grade. Because the 8th grade meets all year, they are able to work on longer term projects, fostering a deeper understanding of the creative process and the elements of art. The students enjoy the introduction of a variety of materials and artistic techniques, which include painting, metal tooling, printmaking, graphic design and calligraphy. 

 

 

Available Courses

Items with (*) are electives

Art

Art I

A studio course required of all freshmen that introduces ideas about art and explores creativity through a series of two and three dimensional exercises and projects. This class focuses on the principles and fundamentals of art and design and cover topics such as drawing, printing, painting, and collage. Full year, three meetings per cycle.

Sophmore Art Seminar

A course designed for students who are interested in continuing their exploration of art and design but have not identified a particular focus.Students work in a variety of media, completing projects that examine four areas of concentration: painting, printmaking, clay/sculpture, and architectural drawing. Open to select 10th grade students. Full year, 3 meetings per cycle.

History of Art

This is a 1/2 credit course. The survey course covers the major periods and movements in the history of visual arts, encompassing Pre-historic through Contemporary times with emphasis on the principal monuments and accomplishments of World Art.

Music

Music Appreciation

This course is designed to provide the student with a solid foundation for understanding, appreciation and enjoying music from the earliest times through modern day. The course consists of three interrelated aspects: (1) the elements of music; (2) the aesthetics of music; and (3) the history of music. The development of student proficiency in each of these aspects represents the goal of the course. This is a 1/2 credit course.

Ceramics

Ceramics

This elective course for sophomores, juniors and seniors investigates the clay medium through projects and exercises allowing individual interpretation and expression. Students will learn a variety of techniques and skills including firing, glazing and staining with a concentration on handbuilding as well as sculptural approaches to the medium. Ongoing critiques and dialogues help the student to evolve a personal style and understanding.

Drawing

Drawing I

This is an elective course open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The first semester will be a sequence of exercises and projects leading the student to a more sensitive perception and the ability to draw “realistically.” The second semester will explore a variety of drawing media and expand the student’s personal creative abilities.

Advanced Drawing

Advanced drawing is a one credit course meeting every day and is open to Juniors and Seniors who have successfully completed Drawing I. The course is designed as an extension of Drawing I with a focus on fostering independence and creative learning. The students will explore various drawing techniques and mixed media, participate in discussions and critiques and assemble a portfolio. Exposure to art exhibits will be ongoing.

Advanced Drawing II

This studio course is designed for seniors who have successfully completed Advanced Drawing I and are serious about furthering their drawing portfolio. Independent drawing projects involving a variety of mediums will be routinely critiqued and evaluated by the instructor as well as self evaluations by the students. Journals will be kept for this class and will include written reviews of gallery shows. The students will assemble an end of year show featuring their work.

Photography

Photography I

Students taking Photography I will use both analog and digital photographic technologies. All students will learn how to shoot with an analog 35mm camera; how to develop film; and how to print negatives in the darkroom. The course will also include digital photo manipulation using the software application, Photoshop. By studying and utilizing various technical and aesthetic approaches to photographic composition, as well as viewing work by well-known fine art photographers, students will begin to develop a unique style of their own.

Advanced Photography I

The Advanced Photography class further develops the photographic styles established in the previous year of Photography. Alternative approaches to photography will be introduced, including large format cameras, printing on fabric, and digital manipulation of film. Students will develop a greater conceptual understanding of the photographic medium. At the end of the course, each student will have a strong, well-designed portfolio, which can be presented to colleges during the application process.

Advanced Photography II

Students create, explore, and execute personally designed photography projects that will further develop individuals’ portfolios. The course combines conceptual and aesthetic theory of photography with advanced technical ability. Throughout the year, students will actively assist, critique, and collaborate with their peers. At the culmination of the class, students will publicly present a significantly developed work.

Digital Media

Digital Media I

In this class, students explore a number of disciplines within the realm of Digital Media. Units of focus include graphic design, video production, audio composition, photo manipulation, and web design. Students will work with an extensive range of professional digital media software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Processing, Final Cut Pro, and GarageBand. Prerequisite: Art 1

Advanced Digital Media

Expanding on the technical and conceptual knowledge gained in Digital Media I, students enrolled in the advanced level of Digital Media will begin to develop personally designed projects. Students will create a portfolio highlighting their individual interests within digital media. Previous student projects have included interactive video installations, audio/music recordings, comic book design and production, website development, and film production.

Advanced Digital Media II

Students create, explore, and execute personally designed digital media projects that will further develop individuals' portfolios. The course combines conceptual and aesthetic theory of digital media with advanced technical ability. Media ranges from graphic design to video editing, sound production to interactive programming. At the culmination of the class, students will publicly present a significantly developed work.

Film

Film Study

An elective for Seniors, Film Study students will experience a broad range of films from around the world and through discussion and reading will explore the aesthetics, history and technical developments of this powerful 20th century art form.

Painting

Painting I

This is an elective course open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors and investigates the art of painting through projects and exercises allowing individual interpretation and expression. Students will learn a variety of techniques and skills including watercolor, preparing canvas for painting and painting with acrylic. Ongoing dialogue and regular critiques will help the student develop an understanding of the medium.

Advanced Painting

Advanced Painting is a one credit course meeting every day and is open to Juniors and Seniors who have successfully completed Painting I. The course is designed as an extension of Painting I with a focus on fostering independence and creative learning. The students will actively pursue the various painting mediums both in and around the studio, participate in discussions and critiques and assemble a portfolio. Exposure to art exhibits will be ongoing.

Advanced Painting

This studio course is designed for seniors who have successfully completed Advanced Painting I and are serious about furthering their painting portfolio. Independent painting projects involving a variety of mediums will be routinely critiqued and evaluated by the instructor as well as self evaluations by the students. Journals will be kept for this class and will include written reviews of gallery shows. The students will assemble an end of year show featuring their work.

Architecture

Architectural Design I

This course for Juniors or Seniors will provide opportunities for students to explore and enhance their three- dimensional design skills through a series of progressively complex conceptual and practical design projects. Through design, drawing and model building, the student will develop an understanding of the architectural design process and its related disciplines of construction, engineering and interior and urban design. In addition the course is designed to help the student to strengthen their drawing, observational, problem solving and organizational skills. Through short readings and discussions the student is introduced to some of the prevailing theories and design personalities in the profession.

Advanced Architectural Design

This three- dimensional design studio is a continuation of Architectural Design I and is open to seniors who have completed the Architectural Design I course, successfully. It offers students an opportunity to further their examination of building forms, of organizational systems, and the design process. The development of modeling/drawing techniques and methods of representation, with a focus on portfolio quality presentations, will be a key element of the class. Design projects will continue to evolve in complexity and will focus on such matters as spatial diagrammatic clarity, the relationship to site and the interpretation of programmatic needs. Other ideas that will be revisited from the Architecture I class include the relationship of structural concepts to design and alternative modeling and drawing methods to represent designs and concepts in three and two-dimensional formats. In addition, contemporary theories of design and practice will be explored through short readings and discussion.

Faculty

 

Department Chair


Jerry L. Roe
(1984)
B.S., M.F.A., Towson University
443-841-3268       

 

Faculty


Leandra E. Laird
(1997)
B.A., American International College; M.A., Loyola University Maryland
443-841-3442       


Virginia B. Petr
(2003)
B.A., M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland
443-841-3412       


Steven M. Shapiro
(2007)
B.G.S., University of Maryland; M.Arch., Yale University; M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
443-841-3266       

Bradley Ziegler
443-841-3