Mark Lewis, Rockwell Visiting Artist, in a critique with Painting students.

Drawing & Painting

Drawing, Design, and Painting Studio Drawing, design, and painting courses have been designed to develop self-confidence and facility in drawing and color for all students, regardless of the amount of former training. They provide consistent, regular criticism and a rigorous workload designed for the capabilities of each student, vital to the education of observers, amateurs and professionals. Command of composition, line, color, and shape is practiced as a basis for all fine and applied arts. All classes, from Introduction to Drawing and Design to Advanced Placement Studio Art, emphasize self-discipline and aggressive pursuit of technical improvement.

Introduction to Drawing and Design teaches fundamental skills in drawing, composition, and color. Drawing from life and from imagination, the properties of light on volume and the lessons of sighting and perspective are used are used to develop everyone's skill and self-confidence, regardless of previous training. Assignments are in still life, portraiture, illustration and landscape, supplemented by formal design problems and work with color theory. Slide lectures are given on examining and interpreting works of art, and students practice those skills. Charcoal, pencil, watercolor, ink, collage colored pencil, oil pastel, and scratchboard are used. This course is prerequisite for other painting and drawing studio classes, except with teacher approval for students entering Taft with significant experience. Open to all students. One semester.

Intermediate Drawing and Painting is designed for students who have completed an introductory course to the visual arts. Drawing skills are refined through increasingly complex assignments, and painting techniques are taught in acrylics, watercolor, oil pastel, soft pastels, and monotype. Lessons focus on the manipulation of light, composition and color for personal expression. Assignments in landscape, still life, and portraiture are included. Students are expected to participate in classes aggressively, to be able to articulate their intentions in any given work, and to critique their own and others' work sensitively and knowledgably. Full year.

Advanced Art assignments require students to be especially sensitive to the abstract qualities of form and content of their work and others and to be eloquent in class discussion and critiques. In the second term, each student designs and executes a body of work showing his/her commitment in depth to a particular artistic concern. Students who exhibit special interest and talent with a specific medium or in a particular area of study will be given personalized assignments to enable them to pursue that interest. Areas of studies include portrait and figure painting, cubist space, automatic drawing and abstract expressionism, mixed media, installation, illustration. Cartooning, and an introduction to the translation of drawings into three-dimensional materials. Full year.

Advanced Placement Studio Art is design for juniors and senior who wish to submit a portfolio for presentation to the A.P. Program of the College Board and/or directly to colleges to enhanced their application for admission. Stude3nts are given assignments equivalent to first year college courses that require considerable expenditure of time in their development. Admissions to his course is only upon approval of the instructor: students must have exhibited in preceding art classes excellent work habits as well as exceptional ambition. Assignments stress versatility with a wide range of media, in several areas of study. In addition, each student chooses a "concentration" project, during which he or she designs and executes a body of work showing commitment in depth to a particular artistic concern.

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