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Curriculum Overview                                                                    Julie Roinos

Visual Arts Majors                                                                         LoMA

 Visual arts majors are expected to have achieved one thing by the time they leave LoMA, to feel comfortable looking at art.  During their time at LoMA they will be inundated with visits to museums and galleries, slide shows of art, reflecting on art and their own art making, and most importantly, creating their own work from their perspective.

 

9th Grade: What is art?

Students start out their visual arts rotation with a slide show of questions about art and examples that help them understand each question.  Students are not expected to find the answers to any of the questions but to start thinking about what art can be.  They will complete 3-4 assigned projects during their 8-week rotation.

 Possible Projects:

·      Perspective, 1 & 2 point

·      Elements of art/

·      Still life, drawing.  Using a viewfinder

·      Self-portrait, Chuck Close/grid

·      Landscape/Cityscape mural from observation

·      Self-portrait, cardboard bas relief

·      Landscape/Cityscape, Romare Bearden Collage

·      Collage, Dada


 

10th Grade: How do we make art?

The first year of being an art major is all about practice.  Students will practice viewing art, writing about art, and making art.  They will be exposed to as many different materials and ways of working as possible.  Students will have a combination of a specific project that needs to be done in a certain manner and projects that are open ended with complete choice of materials and approach.

 Fall Semester: How is art made? /What are the traditional mediums?

 Possible Projects:

·      Sculpture: plaster carving/plaster mold/wire (Calder)

·      Painting: Still-life/Self-portrait

·      Drawing: Still-life/Self-portrait

·      Printmaking: Islamic design reduction print/wallpaper design/Japanese wood block print variation.


Spring Semester: How is art made?/What else can we use?

All projects will be open ended and based on ideas that are drawn from the museum shows we visit as a class.

Possible Projects:

·      Sculpture: cardboard/found objects

·      Painting

·      Drawing

·      Printmaking

·      Photography/Film/Video/Internet

·      Performance/Happening/

Experiential/Installation

·      Conceptual

Assessment:

·      Critiques at the end of each marking period

·      Weekly sketchbook assignment

·      Artist statement for each project

·      Daily written reflections on process

·      Independent gallery/museum visits each month

 

11th Grade: What is the purpose of art?/ Why do we make art? / What can art do?

All project ideas are based on work we’ve viewed as a group, ideas that have come up during class discussions, and readings.  Students are allowed to work in their preferred medium for all projects.

 Possible Projects:

·      Public Art

·      Personal as Political/Political as Personal (race/gender/queer)

·      Group project/Collaboration

·      Activist art

·      Self-portrait

·      Art about art


Assessment:

·      Critiques at the end of each marking period

·      Weekly sketchbook assignment

·      Artist statement for each project

·      Daily written reflections on process

·      Independent gallery/museum visits each month

 

 12th Grade

Thesis/Manifesto Project

Portfolio (art school applicants only)

Students will reflect on the past two years of art making and create their own project based on their ‘manifesto’.  We will spend the first marking period examining various manifestos and work collectively for each student to develop their own.  They then will create a series of pieces that reflect on their ideas.

Assessment:

·      Critiques at the end of each marking period

·      Weekly sketchbook assignment

·      Independent gallery/museum visits each month

·      End of the year presentation/Senior showcase

 

 

Course Requirements

10th Grade Art Majors

Grade:

Sketchbook                                        15%

Classwork                                           40%

Projects/Artist Statements               30%

Museum/Gallery Visits                     15%

 

Weekly Assignments:

Sketchbook: same as last year, same as next year, it’ll be great!  Pick your three objects and be creative.

Classwork:each day you are in class you are expected to work.  Work.

Monthly Assignments:

Museum/Gallery Visits:  each month you are expected to visit a museum or gallery and write a review of the show.  If we go on a field trip, you may use that as your visit. Each month you'll be given a list of possible galleries in the neighborhood to visit.  The review (250 word minimum) must contain the following; the name of the artist, the name of at least two works of art, a description of the art, what you think of the art, and finally, your interpretation of the art.  This is due by the last Wednesday of each month.

Projects: each month we will have a critique of the current project or a final presentation of the projects.  Everyone is expected to participate in the critiques and presentations.  All projects are incomplete until your artist statement is handed in.  Your artist statement must contain; the process you went through to create the project, the ideas you explored, and other art that it refererences. 



Course Requirements

11th Grade Art Majors

Grade:

Sketchbook                                        15%

Classwork                                           40%

Projects/Artist Statements               30%

Museum/Gallery Visits                     15%

 

Weekly Assignments:

Sketchbook: same as last year, same as next year, it’ll be great!  Pick your three objects and be creative.

Classwork:each day you are in class you are expected to work.  Work.

Monthly Assignments:

Museum/Gallery Visits:  each month you are expected to visit a museum or gallery and write a review of the show.  If we go on a field trip, you may use that as your visit.  The review (500 word minimum) must contain the following; the name of the artist, the name of at least two works of art, a description of the art, what you think of the art, and finally, your interpretation of the art.  This is due by the last Wednesday of each month.

Projects: each month we will have a critique of the current project or a final presentation of the projects.  Everyone is expected to participate in the critiques and presentations.  All projects are incomplete until your artist statement is handed in.  Your artist statement must contain; the process you went through to create the project, the ideas you explored, and other art that it refererences. 



12th Grade Art Majors

Grade: 

Sketchbook    10%

Classwork       30%

Gallery Visit    10%

Project            30%

Manifesto       20%

 

Weekly Assignments:

Sketchbook – same assignment as always, pick three objects and create a representation of them in your sketchbook each week.  Use whatever materials you like, be creative, don’t be boring, and don’t complain.

Classwork – you’re expected to spend the entire class time working on your project. 


Monthly Assignments:

Gallery Visit – once a month you are required to visit a gallery or museum to view art.  Your essay, of at least 750 words, should discuss two pieces of art by at least one artist.  The essay should include the name of the art, the artist’s name, what you thought of the work, what you think it’s about, and how it relates to something else you’ve seen.

Manifesto – due the first Friday of each month.  You should have a typed version of your manifesto revised each month.  Your manifesto is your belief of what you think art is, what is the purpose of art, how art should be made…  Your manifesto should also relate to the work you’re making in class.

Project Update – once a month we will have a critique, the second Friday of each month, of your project.  Be prepared to discuss the progress you’re making and what your next steps are.  Participation in the critique is required.

 

 

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