In Lower School Visual Art, students explore, speculate and manipulate ideas using a wide scope of materials. We foster an independent spirit. We encourage decision-making, preparing our students for larger decisions in life. Students in Lower School Visual Art focus on exploration rather than imitation.
THE VISUAL ART FOR GRADES 7 AND 8 COURSES
The Middle School Visual Arts Program offers students comprehensive art experiences with detailed explorations in the classics such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design and crafts. The course expands on student knowledge of the elements and principles of design through exploration in a variety of media.
In addition to gaining confidence and proficiency working with a variety of mediums, students will learn about the history, analysis and interpretation of art. Students will study art works of diverse styles, cultures and historic periods.
THE MICHELANGELO PROJECT
One of the only programs of its kind in the region, the Michelangelo Project is fine art training in the European-academic tradition and begins at the seventh grade level. It concentrates on realistic drawing and painting and was created to train artists to the highest technical level possible by studying in the centuries-proven classical tradition of past masters. The program is similar to a master-apprentice education in which the instructor will regularly present demonstrations and critiques. The training is individualized in nature and addresses the unique needs of each artist regardless of age or skill level.
Designed as a primer and preparation for upper level visual arts, International Baccalaureate Visual Arts and the visual arts at the university level, the Art & Investigation courses are two full year levels of combined studio art, artist influence, cultural influence and art history classes. Students will learn to draw, paint, construct renderings in linear perspective, and explore different styles and eras of art in these courses. These courses can be taken singularly as credit or in tandem, according to student interest.
THE ADVANCED ART COURSES
The Advanced Art Courses are designed for the student who wants to continue his or her study of the visual arts at the university level but does not enter the IB Visual Arts Programme. These classes include Advanced Art HL and Advanced Art HL - Senior Thesis. In Advanced Art HL, students continue their skill development in the four disciplines covered in the Art & Investigation courses: drawing, painting, perspective and stylistic exploration and continue to develop their own artistic voice. Upon continuing the program as a senior in Advanced Art HL - Senior Thesis, students initiate a seven-piece portfolio by a written thesis, and then exhibit their work at the end of the year for evaluation by a professional board of review of faculty and art professionals.
THE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES
Lausanne Collegiate School has an award-winning photography program, consisting of two levels, each lasting one semester, that develops skills in camera functions, analog darkroom photographic processing, digital imaging, composition and the photographic eye. These courses can be taken singularly as credit or in tandem according to student interest.
THE INTERNATIONAL ART TECHNIQUES COURSE
For the kinesthetic learner, students in International Art Techniques take a voyage around the world and back again in one semester, exploring different art-making techniques such as mosaic, batik, mask making and rug-weaving. Each of these projects is paired with a self-portrait influenced by Modern European Masters of Art. Writing is incorporated in this course in the form of compare and contrast essays with each international technique in relation to the self-portrait.
THE MEDIA ARTS COURSE
A unique and rare program at the high school level, Lausanne Collegiate School boasts actual course credit in the discipline of digital media arts. In this semester course, students explore two dimensional digital design to include logo design, digital illustration and the relatively new discipline of infographic design. In addition to two-dimensional design, students also explore web design, stop-motion animation, hyperlapse photography, digital video editing and computer generated animation. All assignments are modular and team based using heterogeneous pairing and grouping and all projects employ the use of industry standard equipment and software to include Mac OS X, Adobe CS for Design and Web, Final Cut Studio and Autodesk MAYA.
THE ATELIER PROGRAM
This course is a continuation of the Michelangelo Project at the Upper School level and is also one of the only programs of this type in the region. This course continues the fine arts training in the European-academic tradition started in the Michelangelo project. Based on the instructional model of mastery of a skill, Atelier gives students the opportunity of immersion in many specifics, details and techniques of drawing, painting and sculpture.
THE GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM
At Lausanne Collegiate School, the creation of Horizons, our award-winning yearbook, is executed within the Graphic Design course. In this course, students work with industry standard graphic design Adobe CS applications to include Adobe InDesign, Photoshop andIllustrator to execute layout and design for the yearbook, basing their design on a chosen theme. In addition to the execution of our yearbook, students have the opportunity to work in a real-world design business environment with real-world deadlines. Students may repeat this course for credit which allows them to rise through the ranks, earning specific positions of increasing responsibility in order to develop leadership skills.
THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE VISUAL ARTS, STANDARD LEVEL AND HIGHER LEVEL, YEARS 1&2 COURSES
The IB Visual Arts course is an advanced-level visual arts course designed to provoke a student’s creative investigative journey which culminates in a body of personally important artwork. The instruction is presented with a clear international-mindedness that includes both Western and non-Western art influences. In IB Visual Art, students improve their existing skills and learn new techniques while incorporating creative problem solving in producing their artwork. Initially, the course of study will be more teacher-guided and later will evolve to more student-guided investigative and creative processes.
THE SCULPTURE COURSE
This course is an introduction to the basic elements, techniques, and history of sculpture. The student will focus on individual artistic development, using both traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional materials such as wood, plaster, metal, mold-making and casting, basic electronics, and motors. Students will gain an appreciation for and knowledge of sculptural form through hands-on projects. Students will emphasize careful consideration of craft, form, space, site, presentation, and context. This course will provide a forum for the discussion and exploration of contemporary sculptural practices, and the possibilities made available by such an expansive field.
THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN COURSE
This course seeks to expand student understanding of design theory as it relates to the three dimensional world. Through a hands-on approach, students will explore modeling, carving, and assemblage while working primarily in wire, paper, bristol board, corrugated board and form core. Students will explore concepts of modularity, sequence and series, relief, contour, structure and symmetry. We will examine the function of space, volume, mass, plane, and line by solving design problems.
THE PRINTMAKING COURSE
This course examines a variety of print techniques including intaglio, relief, monoprint, and silkscreen. This course covers the distinctive nature of printmaking including: tools, inks, paper, plate preparation, registration, printing processes, and qualities of prints. The goal is for students to gain the skills and confidence to produce multiple images by hand printing and on a press while exploring personal visual expression.
The CERAMICS COURSE
This course is intended for those studying ceramics for the first time. Students will explore a variety of handbuilding techniques including pinch, slab, coil, and extruded forms. The primary emphasis is on studio work leading to a portfolio of finished functional and non-functional pieces by the end of the semester. Students will be able to create as well as appreciate expressive, beautiful three-dimensional clay forms. Students will develop an understanding of other cultures and periods of human expression in clay and will begin to be proficient at forming clay objects themselves. Finally, students will learn to increase the scale of their work while keeping control over the quality, coherence, and contour of their work.
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