Upper School Courses
Photography 1 (2 semesters)
This course is an integration of communication skills and artistic proficiencies using photography as a focus. This course covers camera, film and digital technical knowledge with aesthetics in photography. This course will develop production skills through hands-on experience with cameras, studio lighting, film, and editing software. This course explores the uses of photography as a fine art and as communication, emphasizing fine art and documentary photography and the social and historical significance of images.
Photography 2 (2 semesters)
Ready to build on your beginning photography skills? Photography 2 explores the uses of photography as a fine art as well as exposure to technical challenges and intermediate editing techniques. This course covers intermediate level camera, film and digital technical knowledge with aesthetics in photography. Photography 2 exposes the learner to in depth photographic history and genres in addition to intermediate technical skills.
Foundations in Visual Art (Art 1) 2 semesters
Foundations in Visual Art is an introductory course in the elements and principles of art and design. This course is a UC f credit elective course. This course combines art history, appreciation, and analysis, while engaging in hands-on creative projects. You will complete lessons that will introduce major periods and movements in art history while focusing on masterworks and the intellectual, technical, and creative processes behind those works. Most importantly, you will complete studio lessons that provide opportunities for drawing, painting, digital illustration, graphic design and other creative endeavors.
Introduction to Animation (2 semesters)
This course will provide an introduction to the basics of animation. Learners use digital tools to create artwork and apply the elements and principles of art and design, as well as the principles of animation. Learners in this course create artworks demonstrating the elements of art: Animation Basics, Principles of Animation, Character Design, Backgrounds, Movement, Script and Storyboards.
Digital Illustration (Art 2) 2 semesters
This course will provide an introduction to the basics of illustration using digital media. Learners will learn how to use digital tools to create artwork and apply the elements and principles of art and design through illustration, graphic design, perspective, character design and simple animation.
Middle School Courses
How to Draw! For Beginners (1 quarter)
This eight week beginner class in drawing explores the elements of art. Learners will complete projects in line, shape, texture, form, value and color. These are the first steps in your journey to becoming a skilled artist.
Life Drawing for Beginners! (1 quarter)
Life Drawing for Beginners is an introductory course in how to draw people and animals.
This course combines the elements of art with art history, appreciation and criticism to give the emerging artist the basic introductory skills in drawing and painting.