Visual Arts at Avon Old Farms School
Young people with high arts involvement are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievements. Americans for the Arts, 2012 An Avon boy who is looking to develop his talents and explore his creativity is given the space, guidance, and encouragement he needs to succeed. The skilled and intuition-focused art department guides students with options for a young man to discover his inner artistic talents.
Our art teachers foster a fun and safe studio environment that encourages experimentation with many types of media and the sharing of artistic inspiration. In addition to academic pursuits, an Avon boy can excel in extra-curricular arts opportunities to hone his skills further.
"An art once served with sincerity will never wholly abandon one."
THEODATE POPE RIDDLE, FOUNDER
- Advanced Placement Drawing/Painting, AP 2-D/3-D Design
- Ceramics 2
- Drawing I and II
- Darkroom Photography I and II
- Woodworking I
- Woodworking II
- Advanced Woodworking
- Digital Media and Production (Semester 1 & Semester 2)
- Introduction to Digital Photography
- Advanced Digital Photography
- Sculpture 101
- 2d Motion Graphics and Animation
- Digital Graphic Design
- AP Photography
These various studio art portfolio courses are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students take a minimum two years in the arts before signing up for AP and need permission from the teacher upon review of artwork for registration in the course. Unlike other Advanced Placement courses, AP art students do not take a written examination; instead, they submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the year. The portfolios share a basic three-section structure of concentration, breadth, and quality, which enables the students to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns and methods. Students in these courses are expected to work outside the classroom and beyond scheduled periods.
Students in this course manipulate and transform clay through hand-building, sculpting, and wheel throwing techniques. Students roll clay to make coiled bowls shaped by slump molds, burnish hand-made pinch pots and fire them outdoors, drape plates, sgraffito bowls, create clay clocks, sculpt skulls, and throw a variety of vessels on the wheel. Imagination and technique are stressed and developed through utilitarian forms and sculptural images.
Drawing offers a wide variety of drawing experiences with emphasis placed on art structure and observation. Assignments divided between the two semesters will include: contour, gesture, negative space, value, enlargement, perspective, and figure. Materials introduced include pencil, charcoal, oil pastel, ink wash, and conte crayon. Students will develop their observational and accuracy skills as they progress through the semester with a variety of assignments including still life, fantasy, self-portrait, and landscape. Drawing II includes more complex applications of the above, including a non-traditional “sculptural” drawing at the end of the semester.
Darkroom Photography explores technical and artistic elements of film photography. Students learn black and white photographic film processes through the manual capture, manipulation, and creation of images. Students experiment with photograms, pinhole cameras, Holgas, and SLR cameras. They learn traditional dark room techniques in film and print processing before moving on to collage, multiple exposure, and other more advanced processes in Darkroom Photography II. In Darkroom Photography I and II students engage in an ongoing discussion of the history of photography and its role in society from inception through the modern day, knowledge of which allows them to effectively explore their own creative interests.
The focus of this beginning woodworking course is the study of design and making of fine furniture. To become an accomplished woodworker, it is important to start with a strong basic foundation of knowledge about wood, tools, and techniques. Through a series of woodworking projects that increase in difficulty, students learn about the properties of wood and the proper use of hand tools and power equipment. Essential to the successful completion of any project is an understanding of the design process and an ability to communicate ideas graphically. Students study the various steps involved in the development of a design from conceptualization to presentation. They improve their ability to communicate graphically by studying drafting (both manual and computer aided), building scale models, and building mockups.
In this advanced woodworking class, students work more independently, further developing their design and woodworking skills by creating a piece of furniture of their own design. Students study in greater depth the various steps involved in the development of a design from conceptualization to completion. They expand their ability to communicate graphically by improving their manual and computer-aided drafting skills. Students also have the opportunity to explore wood turning, parquetry, marquetry, and solid & veneer construction techniques.
"There is nothing more important than allowing boys to self-actualize on their own terms. I can think of no greater privilege and responsibility than to participate in shaping a generation of young men; at my core, I want nothing more than to help these boys become the best version of themselves."
KATE MCSPADDEN, VISUAL ARTS TEACHER