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Visual Arts Courses

Mission

The mission of the Visual Art Department is to foster the development of personal expression and to expose students to a variety of skill-based artistic disciplines layered upon a historical backdrop of artists and movements. Students are encouraged to use fine arts as an alternative form of communication in their daily lives or in their future careers.


Foundations of Art

Landmark’s introduces visual arts through a curriculum that explores two- and three-dimensional design. Students are taught the fundamental principles of art through step-by-step lessons targeted at specific skills. Through these practices students have the opportunity to discover, examine, and hone their visual talents and creativity. Students explore a wide variety of media and disciplines including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking.

Portfolio Art

Portfolio Art explores a range of mediums but focuses primarily on drawing skills, visual problem solving, and the creative process (from ideation to exhibition). This course is open to students who have progressed beyond the concepts and skills presented in “Foundations of Art” as well as other specialized art classes at Landmark. Portfolio Art covers disciplines and topics in greater depth and gives students the chance to be more independent, expressive, and exploratory with the curriculum.

  • Students are required to keep a sketchbook.
  • A formal portfolio will be assembled mid-winter.
  • The writing component consists of a research/response paper and short responses throughout the year.
  • Class critiques provide students with instruction on how to implement and accept constructive criticism.

Foundations of Photography

Landmark introduces the basics of photography in two phases. During the first semester, each student learns how to shoot a manual 35mm camera, process film, and print photographs in the darkroom. In second semester, students study composition and editing techniques using digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop. Project genres include landscape, portrait, and still life.

The course is designed to improve perceptual thinking. Students learn to analyze visual experiences of foreground/background, form, shape, size, value, composition, and metaphor.

Portfolio Photography

Students who have progressed beyond the fundamental concepts and skills presented in “Foundations of Photography” may pursue “Portfolio Photography.” This course introduces students to a range of techniques beyond 35mm black and white photography including medium format, digital photography, manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, emulsion lifts, and more.

The goals of this class are to give students the opportunity to be more independent, expressive, and exploratory within the curriculum.

  • A formal portfolio will be assembled mid-winter.
  • The writing component will consist of a research/response paper and short responses throughout the year.
  • Class critiques teach students how to implement and accept constructive criticism.

Ceramics and Sculpture

Ceramics allows students to explore individual expression and ideas through this three-dimensional vehicle. Students gain an understanding of the nature of clay and the ceramic process through wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing, and kiln-firing techniques, as well as multi-media sculptural works (using wire, plaster and clay).

Drawing and Painting

With an emphasis on technique, composition, and two-dimensional problem- solving, Landmark offers an intensive yearlong Drawing and Painting class. The class covers observational drawing techniques and learning how to manipulate a variety of media to create original drawings and paintings. Students learn skills in depicting line, value, volume, form, and color. Projects include still life, figure drawing, perspective, landscape, and exploring abstraction. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal styles and engage in criticism and reflection of the work in their classroom.

Printmaking

Students explore printmaking techniques ranging from the traditional relief, intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy. Projects include creating original prints and studying the possibilities of art, which is mass-produced. Topics include the history of printmaking, master printmakers, and current commercial applications. Students engage in criticism and reflection of their own work as well as the works of others.

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