Visual Communication in a Digital World Honors (The Haverford School)
In this year long course we will create digital visual media that creatively incorporates content from other disciplines. Using the tools and technologies that artists and creative professionals use today, we will explore video, animation, 3D modeling and 3D printing, digital image manipulation and branding, website design, visual presentations, and experimental visual technology such as interactive art and virtual reality. Throughout the course, we will hone our digital literacy skills and create a positive digital footprint as we learn about a variety of hardware and software, workflow, using the cloud, and digital citizenship. The goal of this course is to encourage confidence with digital visual communication tools and techniques and to foster an adaptability mindset toward emerging technologies.
Visual Art: Foundations (The Haverford School)
This yearlong course introduces students to the fundamental vocabulary of the visual artist across a wide variety of media and working methods. Students are exposed to those skills, knowledge, and practices fundamental to the visual arts, providing the starting point for all further visual arts courses at Haverford. Students have the opportunity to work with each art instructor in each of the four art studios. Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, 3D & 2D Design, graphic design, and 3D modeling are explored through a variety of hands-on projects. Each project develops students' visual acuity their fluency in the visual language and their practice in the creative process. By means of structured projects, each student is encouraged to seek imaginative, personal solutions to a wide variety of problems while learning traditional visual art skills and techniques. Creative concepts, strong design, and effective use of media are stressed in an effort to help the student challenge himself and tap his deepest creative potential. Historical and contemporary artists and movements are introduced in relation to each new unit of study. Group critiques and online written "reflections" give each student the opportunity to learn to articulate his observations about his own work and that of his classmates. This process also prepares the students for the written sections of their two major exams projects.
Two-Dimensional Art (The Haverford School)
These semester-long courses serve as the second level in the 2D art sequence, building on the skills and concepts introduced in the Foundations course. Working in a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, pastel, printmaking techniques, watercolors, and oil paints, students will explore fundamentals of line, shape, form, value, color, texture, and composition. Students will begin the course working in black and white and later explore basic color theory. Through projects rooted in prevalent themes in contemporary art, students will strive to develop personal concepts that are well thought out and connected to the work of professional artists. Each project offers significant freedom for students to explore their own ideas and develop their creative thinking skills. Students will spend time looking at art throughout history, critiquing each other's work, and writing virtual reflections on their process and product.
Art Portfolio II: 2D and Digital (The Haverford School)
Art Portfolio II is a culminating course for the most experienced visual art students. The course is designed to offer students who have taken Portfolio I to continue to develop their technical skills and explore personal ideas through the creation of projects of their own design. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different mediums, explore various artistic voices, and hone their project management skills. While individual artists will work in different media and dissimilar concepts, the class will meet as a group to learn about contemporary artists and critique each other's work. The year finishes with an exhibition of student work.
Art Portfolio II Honors: 2D and Digital (The Haverford School)
Art Portfolio II Honors is an intensive culminating thesis seminar for the most experienced visual art students. The course is designed to transform experienced art students into emerging young artists by stressing the development of a personal visual arts thesis and a supporting body of work. During class and extra studio time per week, students will create a related body of work in the form of an investigation. Through individual research and experimentation, each student will discover and refine his most eloquent voice for effective communication in the visual language. While individual artists will work in different media and dissimilar concepts, the class will meet as a group to learn about contemporary artists and critique each other's work. The year finishes with an exhibition of students' thesis works.
Photography (The Haverford School)
With a focus on the digital realm of photography and manual DSLR use, students will gain an understanding of how artists have used light to create images with both experimental and traditional methods of using light sensitive materials and darkroom techniques. Students will explore how digital photography replicates those traditional techniques and allows for even greater manipulation of images using computer software. Students will learn to use Photoshop software to not only manipulate their digital photographs but to create their own composite images. Students will explore the basics of graphic design where images, photos and text are combined to create visually powerful communication.
Video and Animation (The Haverford School)
Students will learn the basics of video production: storyboarding, shooting, and editing. Working with digital video cameras and Adobe Premiere video editing software, students will create a variety of short films that explore different techniques, skills, and subject matter. Students will learn a variety of traditional and contemporary animation techniques to continue their study of the moving image. Students will learn how to present their video and animation works in a variety of formats and will integrate writing, design and digital proficiencies to develop an online portfolio.
Advanced Video and Animation Honors (The Haverford School)
After mastering basic video editing techniques in the Video & Animation course, students in the honors level will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of this powerful means of communication and expression, becoming more adept at script writing, editing techniques, idea pitching, and creating longer length films. Assignments will reinforce and deepen understanding of the core techniques and skills explored in the introductory level, with more room for exploring personal interests and artistic goals. Honors students will read influential texts in film history and film criticism, applying concepts discussed in the readings to their own films. All advanced students will be required to submit to specific student film festivals and competitions.
Two-Dimensional Art: Levels 1 & 2 (Blair Academy)
Two-Dimensional Art 1 students will be exposed to the fundamentals of drawing and painting while developing personally meaningful works. Students will work from life, as well as their imaginations, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art. In level 2, students will build on the repertoire of skills presented in 2D Art 1. Some lessons at level 2 may include more robust considerations of color, mixed-media and the figure.
Advanced Drawing (Blair Academy)
Advanced Drawing builds on work of the level 2 Two-Dimensional Art course. Students draw from life, as well as create images from their imagination, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art. There is an emphasis on experimentation. Many Advanced Drawing students are preparing for Advanced Placement (AP) Portfolio or AP Drawing courses. May be taken more than once for credit.
Advanced Painting (Blair Academy)
Advanced Painting builds on work of the level 2 Two-Dimensional Art course. Students paint from life, as well as create images from their imagination, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art. There is an emphasis on experimentation. Many students in Advanced Painting are preparing for Advanced Placement (AP) Portfolio or another AP-level course. May be taken more than once for credit.
Art Portfolio (Blair Academy)
This non-Advanced Placement (AP) course is for the serious art student who wishes to master essential skills and techniques while also developing ideas for his or her own work. The course will allow students to begin the “breadth” section of the AP Portfolio class and have a body of work to use for a college portfolio.
Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art Portfolio (Blair Academy)
AP Portfolio is a college-level course in which students prepare art portfolios for submission to the College Board’s Studio Art 3D, 2D or Painting/Drawing Design Portfolio. The course is based on completing the three sections of the portfolio: Breadth, Concentration and Quality. In all, students create approximately 24 original works that demonstrate mastery of materials and techniques, as well as a strong personal style and point of view. Students should expect to spend considerable time outside of class preparing their work for submission in May.
Design Thinking: Designing and Building Innovative Products (Blair Academy)
In this year-long course, we will work in teams to design and fabricate innovative objects, services, and online games. We will engage in “design thinking” as we discover and research real-world problems, observe problems first-hand, brainstorm solutions, and prototype. We will use 3D modeling software (Tinkercad) and a 3D printer (Makerbot) to create functioning and aesthetically considered prototypes of our product solutions. This class involves significant collaboration and experimentation. We will examine and deconstruct existing designs as well as read major texts on design thinking, such as Tim Brown’s Change by Design.