Dalton’s Visual Arts program is unique in its breadth and focus. Two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital, and multi-media art courses are offered at beginning and advanced levels. These courses develop visual perception, aesthetic judgment and technical skills in a variety of media.
The visual arts curriculum enriches the students’ program with a genuine studio experience. Working with their teachers, students are thoughtfully engaged in the creative process. Faculty members also provide guidance for advanced students who choose to do Senior Projects. Some students attend professional art and architecture schools while others study art to broaden their liberal arts college experience. Teachers also assist students in preparing portfolios for college admission.
See also Visual Arts Program
REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION
Students are required to take 2 full credits of an art for graduation. This requirement includes electives from the Dance, Theatre, Music, or Visual Arts Departments.
All VISUAL ARTS COURSES ARE FULL YEAR AND MAY NOT BE DROPPED OR ADDED MID-YEAR.
Within the Visual Arts Department, students may take a third year in one medium if they have taken at least one different medium.
VISUAL ARTS MAJOR PROGRAM
The Visual Arts major program gives the student a well-rounded background in many aspects of the visual arts. Enrollment in the program benefits applications to all colleges, especially art schools. Special emphasis is placed upon college portfolio preparation.
Students interested in becoming a Visual Arts major should consult with the Art Department Chair at the beginning of their junior year. At that time, the student will be assigned to an art faculty advisor.
Art Major Course Requirements:
- The following required courses form the basis for electives in specific areas of interest:
In addition to the required courses above, the Visual Arts Major must take at least 2 additional electives (total of 2 credits) during the High School years:
- Beginning Drawing
- Any 2-dimensional art course
- Any 3-dimensional or media art course
2-Dimensional Art Courses:
- Beginning Drawing
- Life Drawing I
- Life Drawing II & III
- Drawing & Design 1
- Drawing & Design 2&3
- Painting 1
- Painting 2&3
- Painting, Collage and Assemblage
- Watercolor Painting 1
- Advanced Water Color Painting
- Printmaking 1
- Photography 1
- Advanced Photography
3-Dimensional and Media Art Courses:
- Beginning Architecture
- Advanced Architecture
- Beginning Ceramics
- Advanced Ceramics
- Book Arts: Papermaking and Handmade Books
- New Media
- Film and Video Art
- Advanced Video Arts and New Media
VISUAL ARTS SENIOR PROJECTS
Seniors with proven commitment and interest may choose to work with a faculty advisor on a Senior Project in Visual Art. Senior Project students must take a variety of art courses at the high school level before they participate in the experience.
At the beginning of the senior year, students select a faculty advisor and submit a written proposal that includes a portfolio of recent work. The Art Faculty reviews the proposals and chooses a select number of seniors to participate in the program. Students develop their ideas, working with the guidance of their advisor, and present their artwork during small group critiques that meet bi-weekly throughout the semester. They also participate twice a semester in large group critiques. In May, the final projects are presented to the Dalton community in an exhibition or screening.