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The Art 3 course is instrumental in the development our students. In this course, the expectations are significantly elevated. Since students have chosen to take art for a third consecutive year, so it is assumed that they are interested in the subject and willing to commitment to becoming the best artist that they can be.
The first semester of this course is focused on improving observational drawing skills. We begin, as we do with each level of art, with figure drawing. Drawing from a live model is an essential skill for all artists and is a tradition of art education that will always be present. After drawing from life, we focus on studying the line quality of the “old masters”. Several assignments will be given that deal with line before we enter an in-depth exploration of modeling using a variety of drawing media.
The second semester of this course explores techniques and concepts associated with painting and printmaking. Students will develop their sense of self as they create mixed media images reflecting their personality and interests. These early winter months of Art 3 are the most challenging of all aspects of the course. Students are challenged to step out of their comfort zones, and their work depends on the ability to take risks. Students are encouraged to work less literally, and are challenged to discover their own visual voices.
Throughout the entire school year, students will be taught multiple units of Art history that help put the work of the past into context. Understanding the history of art is essential to making successful art in the present. In this class, we spend a great deal of time learning about the history of art through a variety of activities, lectures, and research journaling.