Visual Arts students explore the emotional and expressive qualities in art to access the imagination and broaden creativity. Emphasis is placed upon acquiring strong technical skills, expressing meaning through images and developing unique creative vision.
The Photography program has three levels: Beginning (200), Intermediate (300) and Advanced (400) Photography. In Photo 200, students will gain an excellent understanding of the basics of photography. They will learn how to operate digital and film cameras, use the darkroom and learn the basics of editing in Camera Raw and Photoshop. In Intermediate photography, students will build on these foundational skills with projects that explore key genres of photography and ask them to think critically and creatively. Advanced photography entails the student working independently on projects of their own design. The approach in all classes will be that of a fine arts class, meaning that all classes will involve understanding of the science of photography, exploring the historical significance of the medium, and considering the importance of photography in the contemporary art world. Students are expected to acquire a strong vocabulary for discussing and writing about the work of others as well as their own. Please note: It is not necessary for students to own a camera to take any of these courses.