Art Courses

Listed alphabetically by course name

Drawing 1

Drawing 1 is a foundational course that will teach students to see and analyze subject matter in the way that artists do, and to interpret that analysis on a two-dimensional surface. Students will learn various methods of analyzing subject matter in terms of perceived edges and basic shapes, and the importance of understanding cross-contour line in rendering three-dimensional form. They will also learn how to see and use negative space in creating effective compositions and to correctly judge relationships of size, angle, and proximity. 

Students will explore basic linear drawing techniques using graphite, wax crayons, charcoal, conte crayon, and pen and ink. They will also study drawings by other artists, both current and historical, and they will learn to utilize a sketchbook as a valuable drawing resource. Instructor:  Kathryn Beifuss

Details

Intended for students in grades 4-12, Drawing 1 will meet once a week for 28 weeks for 75-minute classes. Students should expect to spend 30-60 minutes a week on homework. High school students will receive 1/2 credit for this course.


Drawing 2

Drawing 2 expands on the principles and techniques learned in Drawing 1 and will focus on teaching students to analyze subject matter in terms of form and tonal masses. It will include methods of using perspective and value transitions to render three-dimensional form, creating realistic textures, portrait and drapery studies, and mastering value transitions in stipple.  In addition to media used in Drawing I, students will use ink wash and colored graphite. Students may repeat Drawing 2 to good benefit.  Instructor:  Kathryn Beifuss

Details

Intended for students in grades 5-12, Drawing 2 will meet once a week for 28 weeks for 75-minute classes. Students should expect to spend 30-60 minutes a week on homework. High school students will receive 1/2 credit for this course.


Fiber Arts

In Fiber Arts, students will learn about the processes involved in creating fabric and basketry and how to execute them. These will include making cordage from plant material; washing, carding, drafting, and spinning wool into yarn using a drop-spindle; off and on-loom weaving techniques; embellishing fabrics; coil and plain-weave basketry; wet and needle-felting; and dying with plant material.

Students will also learn about the history of fiber arts and their crucial role in creating and maintaining civilization. Instructor:  Kathryn Beifuss

Details

Intended for students in grades 5-12, Fiber Arts will meet once a week for 28 weeks for 75-minute classes. Students should expect to spend 60-90 minutes a week on homework. High school students will receive 1/2 credit for this course.