Studio 1 is designed to provide a foundation for advanced courses and satisfies the fine art graduation requirement per the state of Maine. Students will explore a variety of artists, visual art processes, and media to produce work such as drawing, painting, sculpting, two & three-dimensional design, and digital in an open studio environment to encourage originality of student work. Students will have the opportunity to critique and be critiqued through the process of submitting work to show publicly, on and off campus.
Studio 2 is designed to build on the foundational knowledge of Studio 1 and further prepare the student for advanced courses in fine art. Students will apply visual art processes using media to produce works in drawing, painting, sculpting, two & three-dimensional design, and digital in an open and self directed environment to ensure originality of student work. Students are required to participate in curating and installation processes for themselves and fellow students to produce shows in the community, both on and off campus.
Introduction to Jewelry
Students will explore fabrication techniques, design fundamentals and equipment use. Jewelry courses include classroom and studio instruction, and students frequently create their own jewelry pieces. Joining methods, clasping, beading and finishing are also covered.
Introduction to Photography
This course covers basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. The course will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light, and color. An artist in residence is featured. Starting with the 2020-2021 school year this class will be taught on campus, not as an online class.
Business for the Professional Artist
This course examines the basic concepts and principles of visual art business to enable students to better understand and evaluate the marketing system in which art shows are planned, priced, promoted, and executed. It will also provide a comprehensive overview of the effective principles of public relations, focusing on different cold calling approaches and networking styles required for specific art, venues, audiences, communication objectives, content, and media.
Prerequisites: Studio I & II (can be taken concurrently with Studio II)
An advanced art class designed for Visual Art majors. Students will create and build a portfolio of their work. This portfolio is intended for use by students for either higher education or work related purposes.
From Studio to Art Show (online)
Prerequisites: Studio I plus one higher level art class and portfolio review Art instructor recommendation
From internationally and nationally known art shows to the increasing presence of art festivals and galleries in major cities across the world, student artists will have exposure to and engagement in the world of art. From Studio to Art Show defines the different institutions in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors of the global art infrastructure, and it offers a deeper understanding of the methods and motivations that drive the business and viewership of art. This comprehensive curatorial and studio experience puts students on the right track to create and show artwork nationally with increased expertise. This is an online class. Ideal for those interested in the business of art or who are looking to make a career as a curator, gallery operator, or artist, this year-long, virtual course acts as an advanced art studio and display course and provides the necessary groundwork for students to move on to more advanced college courses aimed at a career in art. Through the national and international display of their own original work, students will learn:
to identify and define a broad range of characteristics of the current global art market
to recognize key players in the art world and define their functions within it
to compare the non-profit and commercial art worlds and define how they are connected
to compare and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of different art world models and networks
Film Production 1 and 2
Prerequisite: Introduction to Film Studies (encouraged to also take Honors Film Genre and Theory)
This is a hands-on course to help students better understand and learn the language of cinema and many filmmaking techniques. The student will use the knowledge acquired in Honors Introduction to Film Studies in several collaborative and individual assignments where a wide range of techniques will be used along with filmmaking equipment to help the student become familiar with using a camera, integrating sound, constructing the proper lighting, and utilizing editing software. The student will have full access to Adobe Creative Cloud and film equipment for the entire process. By the end of the course, the student will have a basic understanding of how to write a film treatment and screenplay, pre-production planning, going through the production process, and how to navigate and complete a film through post-production with an aesthetic goal in mind. Film Production 2 is an extension of the first course and is more of an independent study for students involved (along with guidance from the instructor).