This is a studio course that includes a number of presentations on various artistic movements and stylistic trends within recent centuries. Students use traditional pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, and ink to create imagery as personal responses to these discussions.
Some examples of topics covered include: Traditional Western and Asian conceptions of spatial relationships; Impressionism and color perception; Cubism and the reconstruction of objects; Surrealism and the power of dream imagery; Pop Art and the influences of commercial culture. Designing a sequence of scenes for a graphic novel is a popular feature in this category.
Students explore concepts of line, form, and composition, and a wide variety of materials and techniques can be used to realize objectives. Through the study of the key elements of still life, portraiture, and landscape, students are taught how to see and mix color, modulate values, and develop form.
Assignments are based on traditional and contemporary techniques and are designed to stimulate imagination and technical facility. Emphasis is placed on individual growth and development.
Note: Students will receive a short list of any supplies needed prior to the start of the course. Matriculating and current Choate students who wish to take the course to fulfill a diploma requirement must first obtain permission from the academic year Arts department head as part of the application process for Summer Programs, and must then comply with all attendance and course expectations. The Arts department head will determine final eligibility for diploma credit based upon the student’s successful completion of the course.
- Block 7
- Choate Diploma Credit
- High School