Students at the secondary level work on the relationships between light and shadow. The refining of accuracy in form and anatomy is a part of the curriculum which is based on drawing from life. Being able to really look and study the world before us takes time and thought. Students in the secondary studio work on learning how to see values and proportions to render form. This informed study helps students have a better understanding and control of depiction and picture making so that they are more able to realize accurately their own visual concepts.
2D Studio I
Students experiment with the media and techniques used to create a variety of two-dimensional (2-D) artworks through the development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and/or design. Students practice, sketch, and manipulate the structural elements of art to improve mark making and/or the organizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research, and/or imagination. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials. .
2D Studio II
Students develop and refine technical skills and create 2-D compositions with a variety of media in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and/or design. Student artists sketch, manipulate, and refine the structural elements of art to improve mark-making and/or the organizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research, and/or imagination. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials.
2D Studio III Honors
Students demonstrate proficiency in the conceptual development of content in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and/or design to create self-directed or collaborative 2-D artwork suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Students produce works that show evidence of developing craftsmanship and quality in the composition. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers. Through a focused investigation of traditional techniques, historical and cultural models, and individual expressive goals, students begin to develop a personal art style. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials.
AP Drawing/AP 2-D
PREREQUISITE: Demonstrated proficiency and art teacher recommendation. Major Concepts/Content: This Advance Placement course is intended to address a very broad interpretation of two-dimensional (2-D) design issues. This type of design involves purposeful decision-making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. It is for the advanced student who wishes to see AP credit through submitting a Portfolio of work for consideration by the College Board. The content should include, but is not limited to the following: advanced study of the elements of design (line, shape, illusion of space, illusion of movement, pattern, texture, value and color); advanced study of the principles of design including unity, variety, balance, emphasis, rhythm, and proportion/scale; development of proficiency in a variety of 2-D forms including but not limited to graphic design, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting and printmaking; advanced study of approaches to representation, abstraction, and expression; development of rationale and criteria for inclusion of works of art in an Advanced Placement Portfolio.
Taylor Zhakiah, Studio I, Still Life, graphite
College Prep / Summer Programs in the Arts
Students interested in furthering their art education at the post secondary level are encouraged by the department to attend summer programs at various art schools. These summer program spots are highly competitive and it is important to apply as early as you can. Many of the programs offer scholarship assistance and we guide our students in applying and assembling portfolios for all summer and college programs and admissions.
Degree Granting Schools: Savannah College of Art and Design, ATL/Savannah, GA SVA, Manhattan NY Pratt, Brooklyn NY Rhode Island School of Design, RI Lyme School, CT The Studio School, Manhattan, NY Academy of Art, CA MICA, Baltimore, MD PAFA, Philadelphia, PA University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA Ringling College of Art and Design, FL Kansas City Art Institute, KS The Art Institute of Chicago, IL Mass Arts, MA The Museum School, Boston, MA
Atelier Schools: Grand Central Academy, Brooklyn, NY Florence Academy, Brooklyn, NY Southern Atelier, Sarasota, FL More Information on classical training can be found on the Art Renewal Center's website.
As students begin to prepare for college it is important to think about what it is that you want to do in college and after. There are 2 different approaches to your post secondary art education and we will explain both to you here so one can refer to this information from time to time in preparation for post secondary education.
Pursuing a post secondary education in the arts is no easy task. It requires prolific work, focused and disciplined work ethic and the ability to stand out in a saturated and highly competitive field. It is important that you begin in high school deciding for your self what kind of art is important and inspirational to you to. Are you interested in conceptual art themes? Are you interested in realism and classical work? Many times the kind of painting or sculpture that you love can impact the direction that you take and identifying this early on will help you spend your time wisely in your education. Once you have identified some idea of the kind of art you want to make and learn about then you must decide where to pursue your art education.
Art schools can be divided into two categories. The first are art schools and colleges that award Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees. The second are studios or Atelier schools many of which do not award Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees, however they sometimes do award diplomas or certificates of completion. They both have pros and cons, and it is important to look objectively at each in making a decision on where you are going to likely spend the four or more years of your life. Below we have explained each type of path in more detail.
The traditional Art College or the Art Departments of private or public universities. In choosing this path you have decided that no matter what at the end of your formal study you want an accredited bachelor's degree. These schools will focus almost entirely on post modern or conceptual work. If you want to investigate and study post modern and conceptual art making and studio practice this is a good way to go. Most of these schools or their art departments are run by important figures in the contemporary conceptual art world. Make sure that you research who teaches at each school you are looking into. Research the professor's own work. Make sure you are aware of what the professor is good at and decide if this is information that will help you on your quest to making the art you want. The traditional art schools like SCAD and Ringling are very good choices if you are interested in art fields where formal jobs exist. These schools have connections in the industry of sequential art, illustration, graphic design and animation. Attending a school that has these industry connections pays dividends after school in making it easier to find work and secure a job.
The downside of these schools is that they do not teach you how to create realistic work. There are some schools like, PAFA, George Washington Univ., Academy of Art in California, which teach traditional techniques. If you are desirous of an education in which you will learn how to actually paint, sculpt and draw like the old masters then you might want to choose the other path of art education- Atelier schools.
The Atelier Program and Academies. If it is your mission to learn all you can bout how to paint, draw and sculpt as the great artists of the past had, then this is the path to take. Unfortunately, the universities and art schools no longer teach (haven't since WWII) how to make great representational art. However fortunately for you in recent years time honored representational skills training has grown exponentially. As many people can appreciate a realistically well done piece of art work, this kind of training will always be around, however since the early 2000's it has had a major renaissance. In this path to artistic profession, you will learn how to actually make art so that you are capable of realizing your ideas in works of art that are not only done well but are also in demand as people love beautiful well done art. These programs are usually 4-5 years long and are more closely aligned with the instruction that you receive from Mr. McGraw at LPAoA. The downside of this kind of school is that many do not award degrees, so you leave with a wealth of ability and knowledge but not a bachelors degree. This is slowly changing now and some of these schools offer degrees as they see that students want them. In many aspects of working as a professional artist having a degree is now necessary, as holding a degree has become another aspect of differentiating the competition.
The really great thing is that many atelier programs are located in cities where both private art colleges and public state universities also exist. This means that a student can be simultaneously enrolled in both a college or university that awards accredited degrees and an atelier that teaches the technical aspects of art lacking at the university.
These are important decisions and should be weighed carefully, along with tuition and living cost. We strive to afford our students help in completing portfolios for scholarship as well as entry into many prestigious programs. Each student has a different path and we are here to support our students on their path to the post secondary level.
Please feel free to contact Mr. McGraw with questions regarding schools, summer programs, scholarships and any other information on the journey into post secondary art education.