In our fine arts course we follow the state core curriculum standards, but art also provides an outlet and can be an important part of healing for the girls at Solstice. During critique and evaluation, we often mention therapy and how the art relates to their individual issues and struggles. The visual communication is great for those who have a hard time expressing themselves via other forms of communication. There are also times when we are able to connect with the therapist about a student’s creation when we feel that it might be a good spring board into some deeper issue. Students will use drawing to express themselves.
Drawing is the basic language that an artist uses in order to create any work of art. This classes uses drawing to create any work of art, whether it be painting or making jewelry. This class teaches students how to accurately see and record objects as seen from real life. Basic value and shading techniques are taught through a variety of media such as graphite and pastels.This class will provide the student with a basic introduction to drawing and 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design.
Students will learn basic vocabulary, be exposed to various media, color theory, and drawing from observation. Art movements and artists from history will be integrated throughout the course, and students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of these events through tests and individual student projects. This course covers art basics such as criticism, studio techniques, elements and principles, aesthetics, and history from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.
This is an introductory, elective course that covers basic painting techniques with various mediums and types of paints and canvases. There is an emphasis on classic and contemporary application of oil and other media. Topics include the use of composition, color, texture, form and value through still life, landscape, portrait, figure and old masters reproduction.