Visual & Media Arts

The ASA Media Arts program will teach students to use elements and tools of current and emerging technologies to create works that express feelings and ideas. Students are challenged to appreciate, analyze and create works through the moving image, stop-motion animation, sound, photography, digital arts and interactive media.

Media arts curriculum will consist of the following components at age-appropriate levels of instruction:

  • Elements of Photography – Introduction to digital camera operation, exposure, lighting, and presentation.
  • Location Photography – Introduction to all aspects of location photography: landscape, basic architecture. Students document one location of choice while experimenting with a variety of approaches.
  • Digital Photomontage – Introduction to basic computer graphics terminology, color theory, history, digital printers and scanners. Students design1-3 color photomontages, by collecting the images digitally and then assembling them on Basic Adobe Photoshop.
  • Computer Animation – Introduction to Flash for creating frame by frame animation and experiment with the following animation techniques: stop-motion, clay, and cut-out/collage.
  • PSA Public Service Announcement – Introduction to a variety of persuasive techniques used in mass communications. Several professionally produced public service announcements, political spots and commercials using a variety of styles will be viewed and critiqued. Individually, students will design, script, shoot and edit a public service announcement based on core curriculum and directed at a target audience.
  • Interactive Design – Students create an interactive portfolio representing the year’s work.

ASA Visual Arts Program

Visual arts have been a part of humanity from the very beginning. People create art to make connections and to construct meaning, and these connections serve as bridges to each new generation. The arts are deeply embedded in our daily life, whether we realize it or not, and are an inseparable part of our humanity.

ASA students studying visual arts will develop critical skills of observation as they learn to examine the objects and events of their lives. In addition, students grow in their ability to describe, interpret, evaluate, and respond to work in the visual arts. Through examination of their own work and that of other people, times, and places, ASA students will learn to unravel human expression and to appraise its purpose and importance.

  • Ceramics – This is a class for students who have never worked with clay as well as those who have had experience with the medium. This is a three D class with emphasis on hand building. Wheels are available for independent work.
  • Drawing and Painting Foundation Program – Students will improve drawing skills and develop a visual language. The culminating project will be figure drawing (draw what you see). The focus of this experience will be to allow students to learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques, elements, principles and introductory color theory.
  • Gallery – Students will participate in a series of group art presentation exhibitions each year. Students are instructed in aspects of art presentation and the concept of museum and gallery studies. Students will speak with art professionals about their experiences through forums, and through field experiences at a local art institution.
  • Graphic Design – Students will learn art fundamentals revolving around the elements of graphic design and design as a formal language for effective communication. Students complete a series of individual & collective design projects in this exploration. Students will be instructed in the critical assessment process of evaluating their own work .