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

List of 11 items.

  • Beginning Ceramics 7-8 (FA315: Grades 7-8)

    This one-term elective is an introductory-level ceramics class that will focus on teaching students the fundamentals of using clay as a medium. Not only will students learn the essentials of the ceramic firing process, but students will also create a portfolio of hand-built projects that cover a variety of techniques. This course will cover the following methods: Slab Building, Pinch Pots, Coil Building.
  • Studio Experience (FA317: Grades 7-8)

    This course is designed to introduce students to the elements and principles of design through hands-on approaches to two-dimensional and three-dimensional art making. The students will learn how to function as an independent art student in that space. Students will develop art-making strategies and a visual communication vocabulary by exploring a variety of two-dimensional art-making processes. Additionally, students will learn to articulate their understanding of art through open discussions and critiques. Students will be challenged to create their own personal work and find creative solutions to visual problems.
  • Beginning Ceramics (FA341: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term elective is an introductory-level ceramics class that will focus on teaching students the fundamentals of using clay as a medium. Not only will students learn the essentials of the ceramic firing process, but students will also create a portfolio of hand-built projects that cover a variety of techniques. This course will cover the following methods: Slab Building, Pinch Pots, Coil Building.
  • 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 9-12)

    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.
  • Intermediate Drawing and Painting (FA347: Grades 10-12)

    Students learn to paint from observations and are exposed to painting and drawing ideas from both historical and contemporary contexts. Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic paint is used for assignments. Some out-of-class drawing and painting is required.

    Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing and Painting (FA346)
  • 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: Beginning and Intermediate Drawing and Painting (FA346 and FA347) or by approval of the instructor
  • Introduction to Photography (FA361: Grades 10-12)

    This beginner-level studio art course will focus on developing an understanding of the 35 mm film camera, the dark room, and the history of photography. Students will be given a variety of projects that focus on learning how to use their cameras effectively to create quality prints. Though primarily focused on technique, students will be asked to push themselves in creating meaningful images. These images will be presented at the end of each project in a critique, as well as at the end of the term when they present a final portfolio. Each critique gives students the opportunity to display their knowledge of the artistic language they have acquired in this class as well as previous art classes. 
  • Architectural Drawing and History (FA 350: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course is designed to introduce students to both the basic historical language (vocabulary and syntax) of architecture and the drafting skills necessary to understand the principles of that language. Lectures will be followed by field experiences and studio practice. Field experiences will require students to record their observations of architecture through written descriptions, photographs, and sketchbook drawings. Studio sessions are designed to further establish an understanding of concepts learned through a series of more ambitious architectural renderings. Students will be required to purchase a moleskin sketchbook and the assigned architectural drawing kit (includes architectural ruler, erasing shield, pencil set, and erasers).
  • Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (FA375: Grades 11-12)

    Students will spend the term reading aloud Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man, a book reflecting upon the American Dream and race. It is both an autobiographical coming-of-age novel (bildungsroman) and a thinly veiled examination (roman a clef) of many aspects of American history. Unlocking the novel involves a deep understanding of African American history, the Bible, material culture, mainstream and Black American literary traditions, formal and vernacular language, family stories, mythology and folk traditions, paternalism, colonialism, art history, music, beliefs about progress and technology, psychology, and feminist gaze theory. Plus, this Surrealist novel, considered to be one of the great American books, uses humor and word-play to create a comic-tragic story that becomes something of a sequel to Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Since so much of the novel takes place in New York City, most years the class walks in the footsteps of the Invisible Man from Harlem to Centre Street.

Visual Arts

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An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers