Visual Arts

Sketches and Strokes

Students at Marist have the opportunity to study all levels of drawing and painting. Introductory classes begin with working from observation and build a solid foundation that includes composition, perspective, and color theory. More advanced classes address conceptual components, expand to include a greater variety of techniques and materials, and help students develop their own artistic voices. Marist offers a yearlong AP class in studio art as well as opportunities for advanced students to pursue specific interests through independent study.

In addition to in-class studio time, students interested in drawing and painting have several opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities. Marist's Art Club provides after-school studio hours and also supports the school with art-related projects. Art students also submit work to Marist's award-winning visual and literary arts magazine, the Rapier.

Courses

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  • Art: Forms and Design (FA311: Grades 7-8; FA331: Grades 9-12)

    A one-term foundation course for the visual arts, this class covers the elements and principals of design and color theory. It provides an opportunity for students at all levels of ability to develop their skills and interests in art through a wide range of art media. It is the prerequisite to all visual art courses. Students must furnish some basic materials.
  • Beginning Ceramics (FA341: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course focuses on making clay objects using the handbuilding techniques of pinching, coiling, and slab building. Students will explore various approaches to decorating clay forms, including stamping, colored slips, and basic glazing techniques.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Intermediate Ceramics (FA342: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course introduces the student to throwing on the potter’s wheel. The student will learn to throw basic bowl and cylinder forms as well as the augmentations of pulled handles and trimmed feet.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Advanced Ceramics (FA343: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course will allow the student to explore more advanced issues and aesthetics using their choice of construction techniques (or combined techniques). Projects will emphasize a problem-solving and an individual approach to creating work. Basic glaze chemistry is introduced.
  • Beginning Drawing and Painting (FA346: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of drawing in a variety of media. It is a prerequisite for further studies in drawing and painting.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Intermediate Drawing and Painting (FA347: Grades10-12)

    This one-term course offers a comprehensive examination of the fundamentals of painting language. Students learn to paint from observations and are exposed to painting ideas from both historical and contemporary contexts. Acrylic paint is used for assignments. Some out-of-class painting is required.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting (FA348: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course is for the student with special interests and aptitude for two-dimensional art work. Independent project work is required in this class.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Introduction to Photography (FA361: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course is an introduction to the use of the camera, basic darkroom skills, and the history of the medium. A 35mm SLR camera is provided, and students must furnish their own film and photo paper. 
  • 3-D Design (FA345: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course introduces three-dimensional design as a way of thinking about art. Students work in a variety of media, including but not limited to, wood, paper, foam core, cardboard, textiles, and found materials. Projects help students develop a concept of form in three dimensions and understand the relationship between materials and expression. The class prepares students to explore more specific forms of three-dimensional art, such as sculpture and architecture.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (FA542: Grade 11-12)

    Students will spend the term reading Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man. At the center of the novel is the human mind of the Invisible Man, a mind constantly trying to learn and understand as it encounters outside of itself the world through the five senses This class, which approaches literature through material culture, is about those things---the visual, aural, tasted, smelled, and touched parts of the world experienced by the Invisible Man. In the gap between the mind and the world, these things shift in meaning as they are interpreted through the lenses of historiography, the veil of race, religious views, concepts and marketing of high and low culture, literary traditions, formal and vernacular language, family stories, mythology and folk traditions, paternalism, colonialism, art history, music, beliefs about progress and technology, waking and dreaming, and the varying interpretations of the American Dream.

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Marist School

3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
(770) 457-7201
An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers