** A Sampling of Electives
Foundations of Art and Design
This introductory course equips students with the fundamental skills and vocabulary necessary to undertake more advanced coursework in the Visual Art program. The course emphasizes observational drawing and the design process while purposefully integrating the elements and principles of art and design. Students build individual creative confidence and learn to apply critical thinking skills throughout their own creative process as well as in both formal and informal class critiques.
3D Concepts: Sculpture and Architecture
This course will concentrate on the study of three-dimensional materials and concepts. Students will develop a perception of space and design by exploring how sculpture interacts with the surrounding environment and culture. Projects will explore a variety of sculptural approaches including architecture, installation, environmental, and non-traditional forms. Personal expression through three-dimensional design will allow for students to develop an extensive series of artwork that demonstrates a range of skills.
This course will provide an introduction to hand building and wheel-thrown ceramic methods. Students will learn in clay in order to create both functional and sculptural ceramic pieces. The course will emphasize both the structured design process as well as experimental and investigative approaches to working with clay. Students will also explore the vast possibilities of surface design and texture.The course culminates in a final series project demonstrating skills learned over the course of the term.
Junior Art Portfolio
This course provides committed juniors with an opportunity to develop skills and ideas from previous fine art coursework and to create an advanced body of work. Students will strengthen their portfolios in areas of drawing, design, and conceptual basis. Students interested in preparing a portfolio for college admissions, fine art scholarships, and to prepare for AP Art & Design (2-D, 3-D, or Drawing) senior year are encouraged to take Junior Portfolio. Students are expected to maintain a sketchbook to function as a resource for artistic development. Junior Portfolio students are expected to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the elements and principles of art and to use studio time in a disciplined and mature manner. Students will also participate in both formal and informal class critiques to sharpen their critical thinking skills and expand their artistic vocabulary.
This course is an introduction to understanding the basic operations and functions of digital photography: how a camera works, the use of settings, and how to take interesting photographs. Students will learn about the photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting. This course will familiarize the student with the history of photography, imagery techniques, lighting, photographic equipment, and software. Students will keep an online digital blog throughout the course, and complete up to three photographic series for their portfolio.
Students will explore a variety of printmaking processes including relief, intaglio, solar plate, collagraph, monoprint, and serigraph (silkscreen). Students are encouraged to be experimental and innovative in their approach to printmaking. Students will also be exposed to the history of printmaking and examine the work of contemporary printmakers such as Rauschenberg, Warhol, and others.
Concert Choir provides those who sing the opportunity to collaboratively prepare and perform music from Pre-Renaissance to the Contemporary. Private study is encouraged, but not required. There will be a Young Women’s Chorus and a Young Men’s Chorus to be combined as a Concert Choir. The select ensemble, Tatnall Singers, will meet on Monday evenings.
Symphonic Band provides experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion players the opportunity to collaboratively prepare and perform music in a variety of styles and genres. Students develop skills specific to their instrument as well as concepts that can be applied to any musical setting. Private study is encouraged, but not required. Students who play other instruments may participate with instructor approval (based on instrumentation needs)
The Tatnall Upper School String Ensemble provides experienced violin, viola, cello and upright bass players the opportunity to perform string orchestra and chamber music of various styles and genres. Through performance experience students gain an in-depth understanding of musical form, melody, harmony, rhythm and history.
Foundations of Music
Students explore rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, and style while learning to play a variety of instruments found in the music of the last 50 years. Performance and/or songwriting skills are cultivated. No previous singing or playing experience is necessary.
Foundations of Technical Theater
This class will introduce students to the technical aspects of theater and how they are applied here at Tatnall. Scenic construction, lighting, and sound will be covered. Design elements will be discussed. Acting is not part of this class.