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Arts

Visual Arts

Visual art introduces students to a variety of media and techniques such as graphic art, photography, ceramics, etching, shading, pencil drawing, charcoal and more. Artworks are linked to artists and art history movements in order to help students gradually develop an appreciation for art.

Our Curriculum

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  • Lower School

    All Canterbury Lower School students enjoy a variety of media to explore the elements and principles of art – balance, emphasis and contrast – through the use of color, shape, line and texture. Student artwork brightens hallways in the Lower School. It is common to see students of all ages, faculty and staff members, and visitors enjoying the colorful and intricate artwork created by Pre-K through fourth grade students.
  • Visual Art 5 & 6

    In fifth and sixth grade, students continue to develop their understanding of the foundations of visual art through a variety of media and techniques. The elements of art and the principles of design are essential components of the class. Artworks are linked to artists and art history movements in order to expand student appreciation for the integral functions of art in human cultures.
  • Visual Art 7 & 8

    The foundations of visual art are introduced to middle school students through a variety of media and techniques. The elements of art and the principles of design are essential components of the class. Artworks are linked to artists and art history movements in order to help students gradually develop an appreciation for art.
  • Presentation Design 8

    Strengthen your ability to communicate to large audiences through visual images. Learn to be a visual thinker and explore the power of a well-designed presentation. In this class we will create persuasive posters, slide shows and brochures that clarify and emphasize key elements of content. Make your information more outstanding by practicing the elements and principles of excellent design.
  • Ceramics I & II (9-12)

    In this course students explore a range of creative ceramic possibilities through hand-building in clay. The projects include a range of functional, sculptural and decorative designs. Students explore a variety of methods for painting, glazing, and/or staining their work. The study of the elements of art and the principles of design are essential components of the class. Artists studied will include Sergei Isupov, Tip Toland, and Kina Crow.
  • Collage I & II (9-12)

    In this course students produce a variety of projects incorporating collage techniques. The students will develop artwork based on themes, creating pieces that are both two and three dimensional. Additionally, each student will develop and keep a visual journal throughout the semester in which they can explore the class themes, as well as work independently. Emphasis will be placed on achieving unity in each work of art while coordinating the use of a wide range of materials. Artists studied will include Pablo Picasso, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Hannah Hoch, Romare Beardon and Robert Rauschenberg.
  • Communication Design (10-12)

    In this course students develop written and visual communication skills by creatively combining text and images. Emphasis is placed on journalistic writing, reporting, style, layout, design, and editing. Students work collaboratively to produce our school yearbook.
  • Computer Art (9-12)

    Graphic art is a large area for students to explore in today's fast paced world. Art students who wish to pursue commercial art must be able to produce their creations on a computer. This course uses Adobe Photoshop to incorporate photography, text, drawing, and painting into an electronic form for reproduction. The elements of art and the principles of design are essential components of the class. Projects are linked to the study of specific artists, art movements, products, brands and formats, such as CD cover art and packaging design.
  • Computer Art II (9-12)

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to further develop knowledge of visual communication concepts and graphic design techniques via Adobe Photoshop. Final presentations must reflect knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design. Prerequisite: semester grade of B or higher in Computer Art I.
  • Digital Photography (9-12)

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental skills and creative approaches in photographic imagery, processes, and techniques. The content will include, but not be limited to, the following: use of all types of digital cameras, types and functions of cameras , elements of art and principles of design, art and photography vocabulary, use of light, exposure and composition, digital processing using Adobe Photoshop, and presentation techniques.
  • Digital Photography II (9-12)

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to further develop their creative approaches in photographic imagery, and explore more advanced Adobe Photoshop techniques. The topics covered will be the same as those covered in Digital Photography I, but at a more advanced level.
  • Drawing I & II (9-12)

    In this course, students explore drawing through a range of techniques including blocking, contour drawing, and shading. Assignments in this class transition from nonobjective projects to drawings created in the representational manner including still life, portraiture, and figure drawing. Media include pencil, color pencil, oil and soft chalk pastels, conté crayon, and ink. The study 21 of the elements of art and the principles of design are essential components of the class. Projects are linked to the study of specific artists and art movements. Artists studied will include George Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Käthe Kollwitz, and Tasha Tudor. Students are required to keep a drawing journal.
  • Painting I & II (9-12)

    In this course, students explore watercolor, acrylic and oil painting on paper, canvas board, and/or stretched canvas. The basics of color mixing and painting techniques will be included in this class. The study of the elements of art and the principles of design are essential components of the class. Projects are linked to the study of specific artists and art movements. Artists studied will include Georges Seurat, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Alice Neel.
  • Art History (9-12)

    In this course, students will use the skills of visual analysis to critique masterworks of painting and sculpture. Students will develop an appreciation of art through the sequential study of art history, beginning with the Italian Renaissance and traveling towards the present time of Post Modernism. The content will include, but not be limited to, the following: art vocabulary and visual language, 20 elements of art and principles of design, critical thinking, major artists and masterworks. There will be a field trip to enhance learning.

Visual Arts Faculty

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Arts Calendar

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