Art


Art Department

 

Michael Obre, Department Head
obremi@danbury.k12.ct.us
(203) 797-4732



Courses

Painting Skills
A.P. Studio Art
Ceramics Fundamentals
Intermediate & Advanced Ceramics
Sculpture I
Sculpture II
Film Production I
Film Production II


Crafts
Animation I
Animation II
Intro to Digital Arts I
Intro to Digital Arts II
Photography I
Fashion Photography
Photography II

 



















































GENERAL ART (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This is a studio course for students with an interest in art and who have a basic knowledge of processes, materials, and techniques.  Subject matter includes drawing of objects and figures, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional work.  Media used include pencil, pen, and ink, water color, tempera, and papier mache.


STUDIO ART I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Student’s who expect to prepare for an art career, or have special ability and are highly motivated, may elect this course.  Development of skills and techniques are emphasized as the student works on units of drawing, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional projects.

STUDIO ART III (HONORS) 11-12 / A.P. STUDIO ART (11-12)

3-D Design (including Sculpture and Ceramics).  This class is designed for students to develop a serious portfolio of work. Students in A.P. are required to submit a portfolio to the College Board in May. RECOMMEDNED PRIOR ENROLLMENT: Studio Art I and/or Studio Art II


CRAFTS (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

In Crafts, the art that is created is both useful and decorative.  Methods and materials may include weaving, beadwork, fiber art, metal tooling, leather, batik, tie-dye, jewelry, and woodworking.  An appreciation of world cultures is developed by exploring the art and history of others. 


CERAMICS FUNDAMENTALS (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Ceramics is an exciting form of self-expression that has the added benefit of creating functional ware that can be used every day.  This course will cover the basic techniques of hand-building that are the foundation for all forms made of clay.  Using coil, pinch, and slab, students will be challenged to create expressive, well crafted work that serve to communicate ideas and individual creativity.  Students will foster self-confidence through working independently in a studio environment and developing their critical-thinking skills.  Students will have the opportunity to program and fire our computerized electric kiln, apply glazes, slips and washes and be introduced to historical and contemporary ceramic design.  Students may keep the work they produce in class and take pride in knowing that with proper care, their artwork can be treasured for generations.

 
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED CERAMICS (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This course introduces additional ceramic concepts and techniques beyond the beginning levels.  Students will get an opportunity to create highly crafted functional and decorative pieces such as mugs, cups, platters, vases and sculptural work, as well as an introduction to the potter’s wheel.  Students will have a chance to produce work in a series, learn about alternative kiln firing processes and production ceramics on the professional studio level.  The chemistry of glazes and clay bodies will be introduced and students will have the opportunity to experiment with these mediums in order to further enhance their creative potential.  Students may keep the work they produce and take pride in knowing that with proper care their artwork can be treasured for generations. PREREQUISITE:  Ceramics I



SCULPTURE I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12


This course emphasizes the additive method of creating three-dimensional forms using clay, papier mache, and new materials.  The subtractive method (carving) using wood, plaster, styrofoam, and other materials will be explored.


SCULPTURE II (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12


This course explores more varied and complex sculpture materials and techniques.  Students may then elect to do advanced work in one or two materials.  PREREQUISITE:  Sculpture I


INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ARTS I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Students will use various programs and technologies in order to create images and illustrations. Student art will use photo-manipulation, as well as working “from scratch.”  Lessons will be inspired by the work of established artists from history. Students will be taught and expected to use a traditional creation process as it translates within the digital environment. They also will learn about and implement the elements and principles of design.


INTRODUCTION TO /DIGITAL ARTS I I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

In this continuation of Introduction to Digital Arts I, students will use technology to create illustrations and images based upon the work of established past and contemporary artists. Students will use programs that will allow them to create composite images and manipulate their own and others' photographs. Students will use a traditional creative process and focus on the elements and principles of desing as they exist within a digital environment.
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Digital Arts I


ANIMATION I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Students will be creating and sharing animated shorts from the very beginning of the class. The course will not only have students creating animations, but also understanding the science behing these animations. The first half of the course focuses on traditional hand-drawn animated sequences. During the second half, the course shifts into digital two-dimensional animation using Adobe Flash.


ANIMATION II (HONORS) 9-12

This course builds upon the skills acquired in Animation I. Students begin by creating more complex animations within Adobe Flash. The course transitions from 2-dimensional animation into 3-dimensional animation. All students will be introduced to a complex 3-dimensional modeling and animation program called Blender. The animations created by the students in Blender will look similar to those found in contemporary video games and animated movies. Students will craft both the character and the world in which the character exists, rig the character so that it may move within the world, light the world, add textures and skins to objects, and control camera angles and shots.
PREREQUISITE: Animation I


CARTOONING (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

All styles of cartooning are welcome in this course (superhero, funny animal, comic strip, anime, etc.).  Emphasis will be placed on the development of original cartoon characters and the universes they inhabit.  The fundamentals of general art techniques and contemporary cartooning are featured in this course, including:  character development, narrative art techniques, comic strips, penciling, inking, storyboarding, coloring, cell animation, and stop-motion animation techniques


DRAWING SKILLS I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Drawing is a learnable skill and this course is designed for students who may never have taken an art elective but would like to learn how to draw.  This class is especially useful for all students who might use drawing to illustrate school and community projects.  Drawing media will include pencil, charcoal, pen, and ink.
Note: You may register for Drawing Skills I and not Drawing Skills II.


DRAWING SKILLS II (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Drawing Skills II confirms and deepens the fundamentals that students have gained in Drawing Skills I.  Units of study will include; observational drawing, the figure and portraiture, the use of ink, color and mixed media in drawing, experimentation of drawing styles, advanced perspective, shading and form, biological illustration, rendering, plus art history and vocabulary as it relates to drawing.  Students will also experience an opportunity to develop their own personal drawing style by conceiving and developing a series of major drawings based on contemporary and/or historical issues of their choice.
Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.


PAINTING SKILLS (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Painting Skills is a course for people who want to explore the various kinds of painting techniques introduced in General or Studio Art.  Students will work with tempera, watercolors, and acrylics.


FILM PRODUCTION I (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Film Production I is an exploratory experience in filmmaking. Whether you love films or have very little experience with filmmaking, Film Production I is a great introduction to the art form. Students will be taught the essential basics of filmmaking, which include storyboarding, scriptwriting, filming, and editing. All participants will become familiar with shooting video on digital cameras, as well as editing within iMovie and Final Cut Pro. Students will be expected to participate in group activities to create a small portfolio of short films. Being able to collaborate and compromise within small groups is fundamentally important to student success in this course.


FILM PRODUCTION II (HONORS) 9-12

Film Production II is an elaborate experience in filmmaking. Students will explore more advanced filming and editing techniques than they experienced in Film Production I. Collaboration in small groups is still paramount to the success of the films. Throughout the semester, students will be encouraged to participate in local film challenges and film festivals.
PREREQUISITE: Film Production I


WEB DESIGN (HONORS) 9-12

This course presents the internet as a design/art medium and provides an in-depth introduction to graphics and interface design for the Web. Students will be exposed to the procedures, methods, techniques, and software used by professional website designers. Through a combination of demonstration, research, and hands-on projects, students will learn how to create and integrate digital images, artwork, animation, sound, and video into a working website. This course will also introduce students to the basics of information design. Working both independently and as part of a creative design team, students will learn to target a specific audience and create a website experience that is entertaining, motivating, and informative. An introduction to HTML for designers and artists will be part of this class. Students will also learn how to control and update websites.


FASHION PHOTOGRAPY (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Fashion Photography explores both editorial (magazine spread) and commercial (advertising) fashion photography in the classroom studio and on-location around the school. Students will learn to model, direct, conceptualize, and take beautiful fashion photographs. Different themes each week include Formal Wear, Retro, Old Hollywood, Cover Girl, Shoes & Accessories, Natural Light, Portraits, and more. Students will have the opportunity to create new fashions with their wardrobes from home. The course explores camera techniques, lighting, styling, hair, make-up, and digital beauty retouching, and will simulate professional on-set experiences. Historical and contemporary fashion and photographers will be discussed. Students may keep all hi-resolution photographs taken in the course.

  
PHOTOGRAPHY I - COLLEGE PREP (9-12)

This course is an introduction to the art of photography. Students will learn and practice the skills of digital photography and use post-production software to edit their compositions. Connections to culture and society will be explored, as students create personal photographs based on classroom lessons and projects. Assignments will be given in the form of prompts or questions, and students will be expected to express verbal and visual responses. Virtual portfolios will be developed by each student and groups to present projects, writings, snapshots, and ideas

  

PHOTOGRAPHY II - COLLEGE PREP (9-12)

This course builds on knowledge gained in Photography I. Students will expand their skills by experimenting further with both traditional and digital photography techniques within more advanced assignments. They will continue to connect their work to their own personal experiences and explore career opportunities in photography after high school.
PREREQUISITE: Photography I