Arts Department - 200 Level
231. Introduction to Photography
This is an introductory course designed for those students with little or no experience with a 35mm camera or the traditional darkroom techniques. This course will address basic darkroom practices, including the proper operation of a 35mm camera, film developing, and making prints. Picture making values and ideas will be discussed throughout the course. At the end of the summer term, there will be a student art show.
This course requires a 35mm camera. Enrollment is limited.
Instructor: The Taft Summer School is pleased to appoint Yee-Fun Yin as the new Photography instructor. Mr. Yin is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at the Gateway Community College in New Haven, as well as an award-winning practicing artist. He holds a B.A from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. Mr. Yin is a member of the Society of Photographic Educators (SPE), as well as several art councils in the Connecticut area. For more information about Mr. Yin's work, visit www.yeefunyin.com
This is a course for students interested in beginning acting. Topics covered include movement, voice, characterization, and analysis of text. Further, production aspects of make-up, costume and scene making are considered. The school play frequently draws some members from this class for its cast.
234. Introduction to Studio Art
This course focuses on exploration in the studio. Students enrolled in the 200-level studio art course assemble portfolios through a series of projects that require creative thinking, problem solving, and attention to aesthetics. Innovative studio art projects concentrate on the elements and principles of art through a variety of 2 and 3-dimensional art forms. There is an emphasis on the development of personal style through the exploration of both traditional and non-traditional media and a variety of subject matter. The course includes instruction in preparing for a gallery exhibit.
236. Digital Video Production
In this class, students will learn to operate a digital video camera, including how to transfer video to a computer for editing and back to the camera, tape or CD. Students will also learn about different types of shots and angles, and how they can help to convey a story. They will write and storyboard short thematic projects, which they will then shoot, download to a computer, and edit using iMovie. With the iMovie software, they will also add titles, music, voice over and special effects. Finally, students will learn to save their projects in a variety of media formats. This course is designed for students entering grades 9 through 12.
A digital video camera is required for this course.
237. Explorations in Clay
Designed for both beginners and advanced students, this course teaches a variety of hand building techniques, including pinch, coil, and slab work. In addition to hand building, students will be able to spend time working on the potter's wheel to develop techniques with centering, throwing cylinders, and then proceeding into more advanced varieties of bowls and vases. Students will learn how to decorate and glaze their ceramic pieces. The class will be devoted to personal attention and exploration, and personal goals will be encouraged. Students will have an opportunity to display their work at a gallery exhibit at the end of the term.