Two Dimensional Art

Middle School Courses

Drawing and Painting: Technique

This course expands students' drawing and painting skills and develops their realistic two-dimensional rendering prowess. Students work with wet and dry media: graphite, charcoal, ink, gouache, acrylic, and oil on paper, canvas, and panel. Integrating a focus on formal and technical development with a naturalistic and observational approach, students explore figuration, portraiture, still-life, landscape, and interior drawing and painting. Work is drawn from life, photographs, and masterworks. Students learn advanced techniques such as scumbling, glazing, grisaille, and painting "fat over lean." They are exposed to an introductory survey of Western art history and use historic sources and materials to study and reconstruct masterworks.

Drawing and Painting: Expression

This course is about drawing and painting from one's inner world. Students are exposed to modern and contemporary art techniques and concepts. They work with two-dimensional materials to engage in artistic exploration of human expression. Students investigate expressionism, abstraction, surrealism, narrative, and the avant-garde. They work from observation and imagination to create art more concerned with expressing conceptual depth than displaying technical ability. Through creation, group discussion, analysis, and critique, students develop their studio practice.

Upper School Courses

Drawing and Painting I

This introductory drawing and painting course is open to students who did not take Drawing and Painting I/The History and Art of Modern Europe and the World in the tenth grade and are interested in honing the skills of making two-dimensional art. The first semester focuses on foundational drawing and visual literacy; the second semester builds upon those skills by exploring representational and abstract wet-media techniques. Areas of study include line, contour, perspective, light logic, and color theory using professional artist's materials such as charcoal, graphite, ink and wash, watercolors, and acrylics. Historical and contemporary art examples illustrate the use of technique and ideological content. Students keep a sketchbook to which they contribute weekly. Students are evaluated based upon their enthusiasm for learning, full attention and effort, and active participation in class activities, including discussions, slide presentations, studio critiques, visiting-artist lectures, and field trips.

Drawing and Painting II

This is a prerequisite course for Drawing and Painting III, Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design, and Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing. The course focuses on twentieth-century art and its concepts and themes. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting I/The History and Art of Modern Europe and the World or Drawing and Painting I.

Drawing and Painting III

This class is for seniors who want to experiment with a broad range of visual concepts and concentrate on developing a body of work around one of those concepts (similar to the Breadth and Concentration sections of the Advanced Placement courses) without incurring as strenuous a load as demanded by an Advanced Placement course of study. Students produce three "breadth" pieces during the first semester and five "concentration" pieces during the second semester. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting II.

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

Students complete a portfolio of twenty-four pieces, applying design principles in a project-based setting to create solutions to problems in two dimensions. For the portfolio's Breadth section, the course features the use of multiple tools of production, including digital media, to create unique responses to twelve design problems. Students then declare an area of concentration and, during the second and third quarters, produce twelve pieces for the portfolio's Concentration section. The complete design portfolio is presented for Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design portfolio review. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting II and application.

AP Studio Art: Drawing

This drawing and painting course provides an in-depth studio experience in which students create portfolios of quality artwork with an emphasis on concept as well as perception. The scope of the work is equivalent to that of a foundation art course in college for those students interested in fine art. Course content fulfills the guidelines set by the College Board. Students complete a portfolio of twenty-four works and submit it to be scored by the College Board. The portfolio includes eight advanced placement-level works completed in the tenth and eleventh grades in addition to seven new works completed during the first semester and nine additional works completed between January and mid-April. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting II and application.

Draw & Paint I/Hist & Art of Mod Eur & World

This interdisciplinary course combines a tenth-grade history course (see description for course number U6410-0, The History and Art of Modern Europe and the World, located in the Academics section of this guide under the History and Social Studies course offerings) with a drawing and painting course. For students who love art history and/or studio art, it offers the opportunity to study history through art and to develop and hone artistic techniques and talents. This course is required for students wishing to take Advanced Placement Studio Art offerings in the Visual Arts department. Corequisite: The History and Art of Modern Europe and the World.