Visual and Performing Arts

The Bellarmine College Preparatory Department of Visual and Performing Arts continues to fulfill a long-standing tradition of arts in Jesuit Education. Probably more than any other form of expression, the arts are cross-cultural and transcend all social and economic barriers. We believe that education in the arts is an invaluable tool in building multicultural understanding and self-esteem. By nurturing creativity in young people, the Visual and Performing Arts Department is helping them develop skills and learn methods and techniques they can use throughout their lives.

Students will have the opportunity to explore art through exhibits, performance, workshops, guest lectures, community events, and classes. Active participation in the arts allows each student to develop a unique perspective and experience of the human condition. The department emphasizes personal growth while encouraging students to work both creatively and analytically. Students will be challenged creatively by abstract problem-solving tasks, and will acquire and develop various skills and techniques in the process.

Courses
Course Name                       
Term
UC / CSU Approved?
Foundations - Visual Art Exploration                         
Semester                           
No

Course Description: The Visual Arts Foundation Class will examine the visual, structural, relational, and emotive forces that constitute the language of visual expression.  Students will explore these fundamental artistic principles (i.e., line, shape, value, composition, craftsmanship, etc.) of the visual arts through a wide range of drawing/painting-based projects, which will enable them to express their ideas and evaluate the merits of their efforts.  During explanatory lectures, students will learn by way of teacher demonstration, PowerPoint, DVDs and related websites.

Comments: Freshman/sophomore/junior/senior elective. Required for all freshmen not taking Foundations - Performing Arts, or a music course.

Art 1: Drawing & Painting Semester Yes - if Art 2 is also taken

Prerequisites: Completion of Foundations - Visual Art Exploration is required.

Course Description: This is both an introduction and continued development of both drawing and painting as related disciplines, with the initial means of exploring and developing observations, ideas and plans that will go on to take shape in the medium of paint. The first section is dedicated to the principles of design by completing a variety of drawing projects. Students will develop a strong sense of design through decision-making and problem-solving projects that include media such as: graphite, pastel, oil pastel, colored pencil and charcoal. The second section is devoted to developing painting skills and techniques using watercolor, acrylic and oil paint. Some of the subjects considered and studied are: landscapes, still-life, the figure and abstraction.

Comments: Freshman/sophomore/junior/senior elective.

Art 2: Mixed Media Semester Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Art 1 is required.

Course Description: Students will further their ability and understanding of 2-D and 3-D art, building on concepts covered in Art 1: Drawing & Painting. This class is designed to give students a wide variety of art-making experiences from printing, to collage, to sculptural media. Students will have the opportunity to explore relief and sculptural techniques with a wide variety of materials that may include sandstone, oil-based clay, wood, cardboard and found objects. Emphasis will be placed on creativity and craftsmanship.

Comments: Sophomore/junior/senior elective.

Advanced Art: Drawing Semester Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Art 1 and Art 2 is required.

Course Description: Beginning with the foundations established in Art 1 and 2, the students will be given the opportunity to explore more deeply the elements, principles and techniques of drawing as a fine art. A variety of different drawing media will be used. Assignments will be tailored to the individual student. Evaluation will be through individual and group critiques with an emphasis on creativity, composition and craftmanship.

Comments: Sophomore/junior/senior elective.

AP Studio Art: Drawing Year Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Art 1 and Art 2 is required.

Course Description: This course will accommodate students who have expressed interest in completing the AP Drawing Portfolio Exam. Therefore all content meets the requirements as stated in the student exam poster. Through direct teacher instruction, emphasis will be placed on the production of a volume of quality pieces of art work. Students will address all three sections of the portfolio: Breadth, Concentration and Quality. Students will be challenged to develop their own personal work. Students will develop mastery of concept, composition and execution of their personal ideas and themes. Students will also understand that art making is an ongoing process that uses informed and critical decision-making to determine outcomes to problems. Students will be expected to develop a comprehensive portfolio that addresses each of these issues in a personal way.

Comments: Junior/senior elective.

Art History AP Year Yes

Course Description: AP Art History offers students the opportunity to discover anew the world in which they live. The course will cover the period of time beginning with the Paleolithic period and ending with Postmodernism. By examining works of art from diverse cultures and the relationships among these works, students develop an understanding of global artistic traditions. Students analyze works of art in their contexts, considering issues of patronage, gender, politics, religion, and ethnicity. The interpretation of the work of art is based upon its intended use, audience, and the role of the artist and the work of art in its particular society. Students will expand their knowledge of history, geography, politics, religion, languages, and literature, as they explore the story of people as told through the art they created. Students will take a field trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as part of the course.

Comments: Senior elective. Informed Enrollment. Art History AP is not an NCAA-approved course. The vast majority of BCP students will have enough "additional courses" to be eligible under NCAA guidelines, but any student looking for potential NCAA eligibility should double-check with their College Counselor.

This class is intended for students who are interested in, and willing to commit themselves to, a challenging course in Art History. Students are required to take the AP exam at the end of the course. This course may be taken for either Social Science credit OR Visual/Performing Arts credit, but not both.

Ceramics 1


Semester


Yes - if Ceramics 2: Hand Building or Wheel Throwing is also taken

Prerequisites: Completion of Foundations - Visual Art Exploration is required.

Course Description: This course is designed to widen the student's perception of the sculptural potential of clay, and their own potential as sculptors. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with the various techniques of ceramics including pinch, coil construction, slab construction, and wheel throwing. Through demonstrations, slide shows, projects, and lecture, we will explore both traditional and non-traditional techniques used in working clay.

Comments: Freshman/sophomore/junior/senior elective.

Ceramics 2:
Hand Building
Semester

Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Ceramics 1 is required.

Course Description: This course is designed for the student who wants to expand on the skills and techniques learned in Ceramics I. Students will have the opportunity to continue exploring the ceramic medium (either on or off the wheel, their choice) while challenging themselves to include more specific content/ideas in their projects. Potential projects include autobiographical boxes, trophies for unsung heroes, dinner place setting for one of “your” heroes, group totems, art about art, and poem platters. Through demonstrations, PowerPoint presentations, and lecture, we will explore both traditional and non-traditional techniques used in working with clay.

Comments: Sophomore/junior/senior elective.

Ceramics 2:
Wheel Throwing
Semester

Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Ceramics 1 is required.

Course Description: This course is designed for the student who would like to pursue more advanced techniques of wheel throwing. All projects will be wheel-based. Students will learn to create lidded forms, bottles, pitchers, and plates to name a few. In addition, students will gain a working knowledge of mixing glazes and slips.

Comments: Sophomore/junior/senior elective.

Graphic Design 1

Semester

Yes - if Graphic Design 2 is also taken

Prerequisites: Completion of Foundations - Visual Art Exploration is required.

Course Description: Graphic Design 1 explores the principles and workflows used in design through the creation of industry-standard projects (e.g., logos, posters, cd covers, and t-shirts). All works will be rendered using professional-level software including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Each project will focus on specific design principles of ascending complexity (i.e., line, shape, value, color, balance, and typography). Throughout the semester, students will also analyze important works of professional design and the impact of design on society at large from various perspectives.

Comments: Freshman/sophomore/junior/senior elective.

Graphic Design 2            
Semester
Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Graphic Design 1 is required.

Course Description: Graphic Design 2 advances upon the artistic principles and technological tools learned in Graphic Design 1. In the first half of the semester, students will develop their own solutions to print/web-ready projects using the green screen studio, as well as advanced Photoshop and Illustrator workflows. In the latter half of the semester, students will extend their understanding of two-dimensional design into the world of animation and 3D design via After Effects. Projects will include a typographic/photographic animation and an animated portfolio showcasing their work. Throughout the semester, advanced design concepts (e.g., style branding and design trends) and their impact on society will be discussed.

Comments: Sophomore/junior/senior elective.

Photography 1 Semester Yes - if Photo 2 is also taken

Prerequisites: Completion of Foundations - Visual Art Exploration is required.

Course Description: This course is an introduction to digital photography as a means of personal self expression. Creativity and the elements of visual composition - color, texture, value, shape and line - are emphasized. Photographic history will also be explored. Evaluation will be through group and individual critiques.

Comments: Freshman/sophomore/junior/senior elective. DSLR camera recommended.

Photography 2 Semester Yes - if Photo 1 is also taken

Prerequisites: Completion of Photography 1 is required.

Course Description: This course is a continuation and a deepening of the student's understanding of the concepts, elements, principles and techniques introduced in Photography 1. This course focuses on photography as art, as a creative means of personal self-expression. Evaluation will be through group and individual critiques.

Comments: Sophomore/junior/senior elective. DSLR camera recommended.