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Visual Arts

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The Visual Arts Department at Hopkinton High School is far from ordinary with a faculty of 5 highly qualified professionals and a curriculum of over 20 electives to choose from. The students at Hopkinton High School not only receive a rich academic education when they graduate but are also engrossed in art history, fine art, design, photography, ceramics, computer arts, and sculpture. Our students learn about artists, art history, media & techniques, the elements of art & the principles of design, studio etiquette, critiquing, reflecting, problem-solving, and how art plays a role in our everyday lives.

The art wing at Hopkinton High School is a place where everyone can flourish. Currently, we have 4 classrooms dedicated to the arts: ceramics studio (mixed use), photography lab, studio art room, and a computer lab. We have courses of all different levels and for all different interests. Technology is infused throughout our curriculum. Our faculty is dedicated to continuous learning and staying current within their own areas of expertise.
 
We believe that art is for everyone. Our hope is that every student at Hopkinton High School has an opportunity to experience a course with us. 

Courses

“Visual Arts education inspires students to perceive and shape the visual, spatial, and aesthetic characteristics of the world around them. Using a variety of ways to explore, learn and communicate, students develop their capacity for imaginative and reflective thinking. Whatever their previous training or level of expertise in the arts, adolescents search for ways to communicate personal and original ideas. These students bring what they have learned in, about, and through the arts to their adult lives.”- Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework
 
The Visual Arts Department offers an extensive program in both traditional and technology based visual arts. Please note any new course titles, prerequisites and changes in descriptions. Please consult with the department or your guidance counselor to find out which courses will be running this school year, advice on which courses to try and any other recommendations they may have.

Visual Arts Program of Studies

Photography I - 718

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: None
This beginning level course is for students with an interest in art and photography. Students taking this course will explore the creative possibilities and boundaries of the medium in both film and digital formats. In this hands-on course, exposure controls, camera operation, and black and white film developing and darkroom printing techniques will be developed. The class sessions are used for discussion, critique of student work, technical demonstrations, and darkroom lab time. Picture taking are done outside of class on student’s own time. Students are encouraged to obtain the use of a fully manual focus and exposure capable camera for this course. There will be art department cameras available for those students who cannot obtain a camera for the course.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Photograms
Roll One
Aesthetics of Aging

Photography II (Honors Option) -7190, 7130(H)

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: Photography I, Smartphone Photography or Digital Photography Students taking this course further explore the creative possibilities and boundaries of the medium in both film and digital formats. More advanced exposure control, camera operation, and black and white film developing and darkroom printing techniques will be developed in this course. Explorations in digital photography are also an emphasis of the course and provide students with opportunities to work with color, mixed media, and large-scale digital printing. The class sessions will be used for discussion, critique of student’s work, technical demonstrations, and darkroom lab time. Picture taking are done outside of class on the student’s own time. Students are encouraged to obtain the use of a fully manual focus and exposure capable camera for this course. There will be art department cameras available for those students who cannot obtain a camera for the course.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Large Scale Photograms
People Photography
Still Life Photography

Photography III (Honors Option) -71210, 71310(H)

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 10-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: Photography II
This course is a continuation of Photography II. Students will continue to explore the creative possibilities and boundaries of the medium. Students will be expected to have a clear idea and direction for their own interests in expressive photography. Self-motivation and independent work will be emphasized. Picture taking will be done outside of class on the student’s own time. Students are encouraged to obtain the use of a fully manual focus and exposure capable camera for this course. There will be art department cameras available for those students who cannot obtain a camera for the course.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Large Scale Photograms
People Photography
Still Life Photography

Smartphone Photography (Hybrid) -7184

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: None
This hybrid photography course aims to teach the art of seeing, reading imagery for meaning, using social media to share photography and collaborate, and smartphone camera technique. In addition to crafting quality photographs with mobile devices, students will consider effective and responsible ways to reach appropriate audiences for their photography using a variety of social media. Students will need a mobile device with a camera, e.g., an iPhone, Android phone, or iPod (with camera). A limited number of art dept mobile devices will be available for students who do not have access to a personal device.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
The Camera
Photographic Composition
Light and Shadow
The Humans of Hopkinton (portraiture)
Walk the Walk

Ceramics I: Introduction to Ceramics -7040

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: None
This course is an introduction to clay designed to familiarize students with basic techniques and processes. Students learn hand building forms with pinch, coiling, slab construction, and preliminary wheel throwing. Students also explore surface decoration, under glazes, slips and much more. Projects include both functional and sculptural forms. Students create projects dealing with 3-dimensional form, look at function and proportion.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Pinch Pot
Coiled Vessels
Slab Construction
Additive & Subtractive Relief Tiles
Wheel-thrown Pottery

Fab Lab: 3D Design and Fabrication -3840

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: None
Fab Lab is an interdisciplinary course that will encourage students to learn using an art and engineering design thought process. Students will work through a series of Design and Build Challenges that expand their skills and design thought process. The course covers technologies such as, 3-D printers, laser cutters, and computerized cutting systems. Students will also study building techniques like triangulation, post and beam structures and folded materials, to enhance their understanding of how things are built. Examples of some of the challenges are; furniture designs(cardboard chair), 3d printed hinges(moving parts), laser cut 3d projections, patterns to create a 3d volume, and folded 3d paper forms. This culmination of this course will be the design, construction and presentation of a larger final project of the student’s choice. This course will serve those interested in: Art, Architecture, Engineering, Sculpture, 3D Design, Fabrication.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Staircase Design
Windmill Design
Planer Chair Design
Shelter Design
Amorphous Volumetric Form

Advanced Placement Art History (AP) -1471/1472

Semester Course (2)
Open to: Grades 11-12 2.5 credits/semester Prerequisites: None
This two semester elective course covers an exciting though enormous span of history, looking at African rock paintings from 25,000 BCE through Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds from 2010 CE! By the end of the course, students will be able to identify hundreds of works of art and styles of architecture from all over the world and have a greater appreciation for many different cultures and their art. Students will also gain an understanding of why people create art and how it reflects what is going on at the time in that culture. In addition to being fun and interesting this course also prepares students for the AP Art History Exam.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Prehistoric & Indigenous American Art
Pacific Art
Mesopotamian & Ancient Egyptian Art
Hindu, Buddhist, & Islamic Art in Asia
Imperial Art in Asia - Mini Unit
African Art
Ancient Greece & Rome
Early Europe & Colonial Americas
The Renaissance & Baroque Periods
Unit Title:The 19th & 20th Centuries
Global Contemporary Art

Yearbook I -7171/7172

Semester Course*
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits/semester Prerequisites: None
Have you ever wondered how a book was made from cover to cover? Do you want to be part of something big at Hopkinton High School? Do you have a passion for photography? Are you interested in the advertising world? If you answered yes to any of these questions than consider Yearbook as an elective for you. Yearbook is an opportunity to learn desktop publishing, photo editing and advertising. Students will work in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop to design dynamic layouts, edit photos and design advertisements. ​*This course may be taken for either 1 or 2 semesters.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Administration
Content Production
Layout & Design

Yearbook II (Honors Option) -71721/71722

Semester Course*
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits/semester Prerequisites: Yearbook I
Students taking Yearbook II already have an understanding of desktop publishing, photo editing and advertising from taking Yearbook I. Yearbook II students will take on added responsibilities around editing and publishing as well as playing a leadership role for the Yearbook I students.

*This course may be taken for either 1 or 2 semesters.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Administration
Content Production
Layout & Design

Fashion and Textile Design

Semester Course 2.5 credits
Open to:  Grades 9-12                                       2.5 credits
Prerequisites:  None
In this class students will learn about a variety of fashion related subjects – from designing garments and textiles to how fashion trends rise and reflect the moment.  Students will explore an array of related art and design techniques. Printing and pattern design, hand and machine sewing, dying, illustration & figure drawing, and more will be explored through a variety of exciting projects!

Honors Intro to Art History

Semester Course 2.5 credits

Open to:  Grades 9-12                                      

Prerequisites:  None

This seminar is designed to allow in-depth examination of selected topics from the history of art.  The course may focus on a region, time period, artistic movement or a single artist, yet it may also cover the thematic study of artworks from multiple regions or periods.  A different topic is chosen each time the course is offered and emphasis may be on Ancient, Medieval, Modern, American, Asian, African, or Indian Art, etc. This course is both for people who are curious about Art History as well as those already somewhat familiar with it as this is not a survey course (covering all periods/culture) but a chance to focus in on specific regions and art historical periods!  Remember: no previous knowledge of Art History is necessary to take this course!

Studio Art I -700101

Semester Course:  2.5 credits
Open to:  Grades 9-12
Prerequisites:  None

The emphasis of this course is on building skills in art and identifying personal sources of inspiration.  Studio art projects will focus on understanding the elements and principles of design and will allow you to explore a variety of artistic media, materials, and techniques. You will begin to see and respond to the world as artists do and gain confidence in your artistic ability, as you develop your powers of observation and expression.  Note:  Studio Art I is recommended for Photography, Computer art courses, Graphic Design and Animation.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Color Theory & Painting
Observational Drawing
Design
Portraiture
Printmaking

Studio Art II (Honors Option) -700102, 700132(H)

Semester Course: 2.5 credits
Open to:  Grades 9-12
Prerequisites:  Studio Art 1

This course continues to build on the skills and knowledge learned in Studio Art I.  In this course you should be prepared to be active and engaged, and most importantly push the boundaries of you art experience. We will explore different materials and techniques through 2d and 3d art and design forms. You will learn about historical and contemporary artists, and try your hand at a wide range of projects such as artist’s books, perspective drawing, printmaking, watercolor painting and integrated technology.   You will develop greater skills and greater reliance on your own ability to create solutions to artistic problems. Note: Studio Art II may be elected in the same year as Introduction to Art.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Landscape Painting
Perspective
Pochoir
3-D Personality Sculpture
Accordion Book
Sketchbook

Studio Art III (Honors Option) - 700103, 700133(H)

Semester Course: 2.5 credits
Open to:  Grades 10-12
Prerequisites:  Studio Art II 

This course continues to build on the skills and knowledge learned in previous Studio Art classes. Projects focus on art-making as a process, observational skills, and helping you explore and develop your own artistic voice.  A variety of concept-based studio experiences allow you to further develop proficiency in techniques, improve communication through visual media, interpret, understand, and discuss artwork, and embrace the experimental process of making art. Special attention will be given to drawing, painting, mixed media, and printmaking techniques.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Concept & Process: The Sketchbook Project
Transformation: Working in 3-Dimensions
Design & Communication
Working from Observation
Expression & Mark-Making

Studio Art IV (Honors Option) - 700104, 700134(H)

Semester Course: 2.5 credits  
Open to:  Grades 10-12
Prerequisites:  Studio Art III 

This course continues to build on the skills and knowledge learned in the previous Studio Art classes.  Projects focus on the expressive qualities of art, making connections between the world around you and visual media, as well as decoding and communicating through art. You will explore various drawing, painting, mixed-media, and printmaking techniques, with attention to how mood, humor, opinion, and personality can be expressed through art. Projects and exercises are designed to improve skills, encourage critical thinking, and expand the definition of visual art. You will create a body of artwork that is expressive.
 


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Concept & Process: The Sketchbook Project
Transformation: Working in 3-Dimensions
Design & Communication
Working from Observation
Expression & Mark-Making

Advanced Placement Studio Art -7081/7082

(2) Semester Course 2.5 credits
Open to:  Grades 11-12
Prerequisites: 4 semesters of Art, Portfolio Review, and teacher recommendation*

This is a college level course intended for students who have specialized in any of the visual arts: Studio Art, Photography, Computer Art, Ceramics, or any combination thereof.  At this level, students are consistently generating portfolio level artwork that follows the guidelines of Advanced Placement Studio Art. Students choose a central theme around which they create a body of artwork that showcases quality in concept, design elements and technical skill. This course incorporates writing, discussion, and group critique to the studio art experience with the emphasis on becoming a more independent and articulate artist. Students who wish to elect this course must present a collection of their artwork done to date and get permission from an art teacher.  A complete portfolio will be submitted to the College Board in May.
*Note:  Four semesters of art should be completed in a single area: Studio Art, Photography, Computer Arts, or Ceramics; additional courses in any area are recommended.  Prerequisites also include presentation of a portfolio of work done to date, instructor approval, and summer assignments.  Students should expect to provide 12-25 high quality examples of their work.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Inquiry & Investigation
Making-Practice, Experimentation & Revision
Presentation, Communication & Reflection
Documenting Process

Animation -7410

Semester Course: 2.5 credits
Open to:  Grades 9-12
Prerequisites:  None

This course is an introduction to the basic elements of traditional animation (drawn, stop motion, claymation). The theory and practice of creating still artwork and turning into animated sequences will be introduced and put into practice. This includes planning and storyboarding to the final process of assembling a narrative animation on the computer.  Drawing the human figure and animals in motion and developing an understanding of how a figure moves will also be an emphasis of the curriculum. 


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
The Thaumatrope
Bird in Flight
The Walk
Rotoscoping

Digital Art -7310

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: None
Digital media has fundamentally changed the art making process for many artists. In this course, projects are designed to introduce tools, techniques, and skills unique to digital art. Students will use an array of applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and iPad Pro apps in addition to digital imaging tools like styli, digital paint brushes, scanners, printers and laser cutters, to create expressive pieces of 2D & 3D art. This class also introduces the elements and principles of design.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Collage/Photo Manipulation
Digital Drawing & Painting
Manipulating Peripherals
Time Based Media
3D Forms

Graphic Design I -72610

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: None
Graphic Design is the art of visual communication. In this course you will become a design rock star by creating awesome and original computer graphics. You will learn the ropes of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop by experiencing an array of “real world” projects. Assignments may include projects such as logos & stationery, snowboards, packaging, book jackets, and web page layouts. You will master the art of creating visual design solutions by combining text and image. A strong emphasis will be on the Elements & Principles of Design as well as the art of Typography. You will explore an array of problem solving and brainstorming techniques, practice presentation skills, participate in group critiques, and learn about career opportunities in the Design & Visual Communication Field.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
Typography
Color, Shape & Pattern
Visual Hierarchy
Word & Image Relationships
Symbolism & Visual Systems

Digital Photography (Hybrid) - 7183

Semester Course
Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits
Prerequisites: None
Offered in hybrid format, consisting of part classroom and part online instruction, this introductory course will explore the fundamentals of digital fine art photography -- composition, capture, editing, and output. The course will cover the foundations of what it takes to make a high quality creative photographic print with a digital camera. The basic terms of photography will be explained so that students can get the most out of their subject and camera. We will discuss current digital camera technology and how that affects the way we take pictures. Students will use Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop CS3, and iPhoto to capture, edit and manipulate photographs. Digital cameras will be provided for students to use for the course. Students will create an online portfolio of their photographs and maintain a reflection blog of their experiences.


Curriculum Units and Learning Outcomes:
The Camera
Photographic Composition
Light and Shadow
The Diptych
Photo Collage

Extracurricular

The Visual Arts Department at Hopkinton High School believes that learning doesn't have to end after the school day is over. If your child is looking for ways to extend their learning beyond the typical school day, please join us in the C-Wing for one of our after school visual arts related clubs. They are a great way for students to follow their passions, explore new mediums and meet new people. 

Art Club
Meets in C204
Wednesday at 2:00PM
Advisor: Ms. Kellenberger

Ceramics Club
Meets in C202
Thursdays at 2:00PM
Advisor: Ms. Enos

Fashion Club
Meets in C204
Thursday at 2:00PM
Advisor: Ms. Kellenberger

 

 

Drone Club
Meets in C203
Tuesdays at 2:00PM
Advisor: Mr. Ghosh & Mr. Worrell

National Art Honor Society 
Meets in C202
Advisors: Ms. Enos & Mrs. Williams

Photography Club
Meets in C203
Wednesdays at 2:00PM
Advisor: Mr. Worrell

Yearbook
Advisors: Mrs. Bacon & Mrs. Williams



 

HopArt Magazine

HopArt Magazine was established by the Visual Arts Department in 2005 to highlight, promote, and raise awareness of the arts at Hopkinton High School. HopArt is an annual publication released in conjunction with our student art exhibition each spring. This colorful document represents a body of work juried to be the most interesting and best representation of what Hopkinton High School students are capable of. Each year the department submits a body of work that best represents our course offerings. This submission is then juried by an outside professional artist/educator and narrowed down to the top 50-55 highlighted pieces. Our hopes through HopArt are to continue documenting our student’s progress and transformation here at Hopkinton High School. HopArt is generously sponsored by the HPTA. We welcome you to browse our archives below.

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