The Visual Arts Track is a four-year course of study, developed by our Director of Visual Arts, Mrs. Ahuva Winslow. The track provides a dynamic curriculum within an environment conducive to artistic risk-taking and student expression. It enables students to acquire the skills necessary for lifelong artistic learning and application. The Arts Program accommodates individual learning styles and develops students’ skills working in a variety of techniques. A special component of this track is the Artists’ Beit Midrash, a weekly program that combines textual learning of Jewish and biblical sources, philosophical discussions, and inquiry-based study, followed by the transposition of those thoughts and ideas into visual works of art. Students have the opportunity to learn from contemporary artists and lecturers through the program and gain exposure to many art related opportunities and experiences. Implementing the elements and principles of design, students in the Visual Arts Track create a portfolio of work of the highest standard.
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Under the guidance of our Director of Music, Mr. Steve Bill, the Music Track is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to compose, arrange, record, and perform music on a professional level. Students gain exposure to the latest recording technologies and composition techniques. The track also includes demonstrations by professional instrumentalists in the skill of writing music for the students’ specific instruments. In addition, students have the opportunity to compose music for film and video, as well as for the Frisch Performance Ensemble and Jazz Band. The goal of the four-year Music Track is to equip students as professional performers, composers, orchestrators, music producers, or educators.
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In the first semester, students develop artistic painting skills, knowledge, visual observation, and appreciation as they explore a variety of painting media such as watercolor, acrylic, oil sticks, and mixed media. The course emphasizes the cultivation of personal style and aesthetic understanding through student research, study, and oral presentations of historical and contemporary artists.
During the second semester, students have the opportunity to analyze, create, interpret, and reflect on works of modern art, including works of photography, graphic design, fashion design, and advertising. Their final project involves market research, strategic planning, and branding to create a series of print and web design products with which consumers can identify. Motivated and skilled students may gain further access to the industry through internships and mentors.
AP Art History
The Advanced Placement Art History course gives juniors and seniors the foundation needed to study and discuss art from all parts of the world, from prehistoric times to today, with a special emphasis on European art. Traditionally, the study of art history includes the study of architecture, sculpture, the pictorial arts – painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography – and the craft arts or arts of design. The AP course offers a sweeping survey of the handicrafts of mankind from ancient civilizations to the modern world. It engages students at the same level as an introductory college art history course, developing students’ skills in visual, contextual, and comparative analyses. The course demands considerable reading outside of class and essay writing.
In this introductory course, you’ll learn the basics needed to create and edit images – pixel-based as well as vector artwork – using programs including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. We will learn how to create effective graphics, posters, flyers, and other custom designs working with layers, infographics, tracing artwork, and more. This course will teach foundational graphic design principles (fonts, colors, images, backgrounds, and layouts) and how to apply them to your own designs. By the end of this course, you will have the skills you need to create your own stunning graphics.
This course is for students who are serious about learning art skills. Studio Art is designed to introduce all students to the basic elements of design, the building blocks to all art disciplines. These include line, shape, value, form, space, and color and texture. A variety of drawing and painting mediums will be introduced.
This course is open to students in the Music track. Composition is the art of writing original music. The course exposes students to great historical and contemporary composers. Analyses of standard and popular material help students learn the skills necessary for composing songs, writing commercial music, and scoring for film and advertising. This full year course will also include the following: advanced digital recording techniques, arranging for contemporary band, and scoring for film and advertising.
Biblical Portraits: Artist Beit Midrash
This course will begin with Sefer Yehoshua and continue through Megillot. It will cover Jewish and non-Jewish men and women in Nach who teach us unique lessons in behavior, character, morality, and more. This class involves textual study, reflection, chavruta, and individual work. After thorough study of each individual, project based assignments will be given to reflect one’s understanding and application of the learning. Projects will be presented to a group of teachers and/or administrators who will be included in our formal critique of each final work. Students must have sufficient skill sets to create drawings, paintings, or 3-D art works for this class.
Through this course we will delve into content materials from all over the planet: from China to India, Oceania to the Americas, the Lands of Islam to Africa, and, of course, the vast European artistic tradition. We will cover the time periods of the ancient world through the 20th Century, ending with a discussion of the global contemporary art scene. Throughout the class we will ask three essential questions: What is art and how is it made? Why and how does art change? How do we describe our thinking about art? Additionally, we will learn to appreciate similarities and differences of form, function, content, and style of a work of art. We will also learn to analyze a relationship between two works of art comparatively even when those artworks span time, location, or culture.
12th Grade Art Track/Portfolio preparation
This course continues from the 11th grade studio art track class. It will use all design concepts introduced from 9-11th grade to prepare a college portfolio in the first semester of school. Students will then create a body of work for their concentration to present at the end of the year. This should be an exploration of either a new medium or style that they would like to explore in a series of twelve works. Students will have the option of taking the AP in Studio Art as well.
Mixed Media: Studio Art Elective
This course covers ceramics, relief sculpture, and figurative work. It includes linoleum cut printmaking, and silkscreening on all types of materials along with traditional drawing, painting, and collage.
Animation Basics: An overview of animation and storytelling concepts. Students learn 3-D design techniques and use them to create unique designs and creative characters. Students use design programs to create special effects for films, games, and other graphic-based media.
Digital Modeling/3D Printing: Students learn techniques used by 3-D designers and how to use texture and light to create realistic effects and characters on a 2D screen as well as 3D printing to model student designs and concepts.
Game Animation and Motion Effects: Students use geometric shapes and concepts when creating realistic characters, landscapes, buildings, and maps. They will practice manipulating images to make the objects, characters, and landscape look as if they’re moving. Special emphasis is placed on character creation, and creating skin and developing joints to make the characters appear lifelike.
Advanced Application of Music Theory for Performance
This course provides an intense focus on the following topics: performance skills in a group setting, analysis of performance material, understanding harmonic concepts of improvising, scaler resources for improvising, melodic concepts for improvising, examination of standard jazz material and their composers, composition, orchestration, and arranging for small groups, concepts and skills for band leading, and modern conducting techniques.