Introduction to Art CREDIT: 1.0
Students are introduced to painting and drawing, essential elements in art. Students explore principles of line, shape, tone, form, composition, and interpretation, using pencil, charcoal, crayon, brush, and ink. An introduction to materials and subject possibilities of painting and drawing will be explored. Construction, composition, and handling of paint and color is emphasized. Individual and group critique, combined with field trips and discussion on painting and drawing, supplement students’ development of articulate artistic perspectives. Students learn basic techniques of watercolor, acrylic, tempera, and how to combine a variety of materials. The focus is on practical applications of elements and principles of art. Students learn the use of perspective in portraying still life and landscapes.
Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Band CREDIT: 1.0
This course provides a foundation for an instrumental music group performance that will explore both traditional concert band literature and non-traditional experiences in Jazz, Rock, and other music styles. Students learn instrumental techniques, music literacy, theory and sight-reading skills. Students will have the opportunity to participate in school performances or at concerts and festivals as individuals or as a group. Students in this course must own their own instrument for both practice in school and at home. Students wishing to take this course will audition in advance for acceptance to the program.
Pre-requisite(s): Audition and students must own their own instrument Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Dance CREDIT: 1.0
Choreography is an important part of this course. Enrollment in this class is highly recommended for students interested in participating in the school’s major productions. The class provides excellent physical conditioning in addition to artistic expression. Throughout the year, students learn different dance styles and enrich their perception of movement to music. By the end of the class students will have been exposed to and had opportunities to perform various dance styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary Ballet, Latin, Ballroom and others.
Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Theatre CREDIT: 1.0
This course is an introduction to multiple skills within theatre as an art form. The course is based on “learning through practice” principle. The course covers three major theatre aspects - acting, playwriting and directing. Apart from the practical tasks and exercises, through which the students will experience different theatrical techniques in acting, directing and playwriting and raise self-awareness through speech and body language, they will also be given an opportunity to participate in major school productions and events.
Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Film Studies CREDIT: 1.0
This course focuses on the specific characteristics of various media - film, theater and TV – in their capacity for telling dramatic stories in different visual forms like movies, dramatic performances and TV shows. The course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of the creation of visual art. Students gain knowledge and skills to tell stories through pictures and visual representations, as well as to read, analyze, write, film and edit short scenes or adapt stories for visual media. Students will go through the experience of creating a finished visual art form such as short fiction movie or a short documentary movie. Their works will be shown at the end of the school year in front of an audience.
Pre-requisite(s): digital camera or a phone with a camera Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Photography CREDIT: 1.0
The first semester focuses on the development, aesthetic nature, and function of photography, including the creative use of the camera and a variety of technical processes using black-and-white film. Students are introduced to the history of photography and the work of several photographers. Development of perceptual skills, technical and creative use of the 35mm SLR camera are taught. Students are required to have a 35mm SLR camera. A 40 Euro fee is charged for the purchase of photo paper, films, chemicals and accessories. The second semester focuses on digital photography. Students learn to merge traditional and digital techniques. Basic use of Adobe Photoshop is covered. The course will result in an individual project conceived and executed by each student that shows integrity in form and content.
Pre-requisite(s): 35mm SLR Camera, Digital Camera (smart-phone) Open to grade(s): 9,10,11,12
Advanced Art CREDIT: 1.0
This course introduces the student to advanced art techniques in drawing and painting. All the elements and principles previously studied will be further explored and honed to a higher level. The course is skill-based where students are expected to produce many works throughout the year. Upon the completion of Advanced Art, students are eligible to take AP Studio Art.
Pre-requisite(s): Introduction to Art Open to grade(s): 10,11,12
AP Studio Work CREDIT: 1.0
In AP Studio Art portfolios are designed by students seriously interested in the practical aspects of art. Portfolios are evaluated at the end of the school year. These are prepared through organized AP instruction, planning in advance in order to complete the portfolio on time. There are two portfolios: Drawing and 2-D Design. The 2-D Design portfolio requires a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns and methods. Students demonstrate a depth of investigation and process of discovery through Sustained Investigation. Students are asked to demonstrate a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques. Students also select works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique, and content.
Pre-requisite(s): Advanced Art Open to grade(s): 10,11,12
IB Visual Arts SL/HL CREDIT: 1.0
In this two-year course, students challenge their creative and cultural expectations and boundaries in a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency. Students explore different arts perspectives and contexts, engaging in, experimenting with and critically reflecting upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts and the increasing demand for creativity. The course encourages students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts.
Open to grade(s): 11,12