AP Studio Art: Drawing
AP Studio Art provides an opportunity for serious and committed fine art students to earn college credit for their fine art portfolios. Over the course of the senior year, students create solutions for all three components of the AP Studio Art portfolio (Breadth, Quality & Concentration) and submit a total of 24* works of art to the College Board in May. Rigorous pacing, class critiques and exploration of a wide range of media and representational approaches successfully incorporating the elements and principles of art and design characterize the AP Studio Art experience.DrawingIn addition to working from direct observation, students will explore non-traditional approaches in drawing and will develop an understanding of drawing as mode of visual thinking. Media and techniques introduced include charcoal, pastel, ink, mixed media, and the incorporation of the vast capabilities of Adobe Photoshop for further visual and conceptual development.
PaintingStudents will be introduced to a range of techniques and media including acrylic, watercolor, and prepared surfaces and will experience a broad exposure to painting media. To supplement the studio experience, the course also incorporates key art movements and the ideas underpinning their representational styles.
Introduction to PortraitureStudents will explore a variety of representational approaches to the portrait, including representational, metaphoric and symbolic. Materials and technical approaches include painting, pastel, mixed media and digital art.
Digital/Analog Art MethodsThis course focuses on the creative possibilities arising from the intersection of digital and analog art processes and techniques. Students will create a body of work that transitions from one creative realm to the next, resulting in a hybridized art making experience that exploits the limitless potential of this exciting creative interface.
PrintmakingPrintmaking Involves both art and science, blending elegance and precision with history and innovation. Students will create prints while experimenting to refine personal techniques and processes through the manipulation of printmaking media and equipment. Through various techniques that include etching, additive and subtractive relief printing, and silk-screening, students learn how to create images and objects using the information technology of the present integrated with traditional methods of previous centuries.
Advanced Drawing and IllustrationThis course provides students with a focused study in advanced elements of drawing, both observational and fantasy, and the skills to convincingly express their personal ideas into visual narratives. Students begin by observing and recording the visual properties of realistic forms and the spaces they occupy, encompassing training of the hand, eye, and mind. Later more illustrative work will be assigned to foster students into becoming creative problem solvers, visual narrators, exploring ideas from personal research through sketches to finished art, which may be drawn, painted, or created in less traditional media.
Mixed Media - SculptureThis 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. Projects will emphasize three-dimensional skill development and personal expression.
Digital Narratives: Stop-Motion AnimationIncludes the conceptual development of a storyboard narrative that provides the basis for a three-dimensional sculptural representation. The term will start with character set development and concludes with a stop-motion animation short based on original storyboard idea. This class will focus on drawing, sculptural and computer skills.
Students will experience a broad based overview of key architectural ideas and formal approaches and begin to understand architecture as cultural and social expression. Students will complete a series of introductory design and model making assignments before proceeding into the conceptual development and plans for an original site-specific design.
Ceramics and Mixed Media SculptureThis course provides students interested in an advanced ceramics and sculpture elective to further develop and hone their skills in a multitude art mediums. Over the course of the term, students will create a series of at least four thematically linked pieces incorporating a variety of building and sculpting techniques and working with materials such as: clay, printmaking, glass, wood, metal and plaster.
Digital MediaThis course emphasizes the inherent potential of the human-computer interface as a site for creative production and possibilities. Students will be introduced to the sophisticated capabilities of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 to create original digital files for press. Also, students will experiment with creating and manipulating visual content using text and image through graphic design-based projects.
Drawing and PaintingThis course emphasizes the importance of honing observational skills and mastering a variety of drawing and painting techniques in order to create successful representational images. Students will work observationally from still life, landscape and the figure. Students will also learn strategies for mixing colors and creating color harmonies.
CeramicsThis 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.
PhotographyThis 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 familiarize the student with the history of photography, imagery techniques, lighting, photographic equipment, and software.
Honors ArtTatnall’s Honors Art curriculum is designed to provide serious and committed Upper School fine art students an opportunity to develop a college-level fine art portfolio. Students are expected to maintain a sketchbook to function as a resource for artistic development. Honors Art 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.
Junior Art PortfolioThis 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.
Surrealism and AbstractionIn this course, students will be introduced to glazing and color mixing using acrylic paint through a series of introductory assignments. Later in the term, students will explore key modern art movements and the ideas and concepts underpinning their representational style.
Men’s Chorus performs in a broad range of musical styles to foster a love and appreciation for music. This ensemble is designed to help students develop a concept of good vocal tone and build the basics of good vocal technique. Students increase music reading skills and work toward understanding the choral score. The group sings in three-part harmony in male only music and often combines with the Women’s Chorus to perform mixed chorus music in four or more parts.
Women’s Chorus studies and performs many different musical styles. The group works to develop a concept of good tone and incorporate exercises in good vocal technique. In addition, students study music reading skills that increase their understanding of the choral score. The Women’s Chorus sings in three and four part harmony and often combines with the Men’s Chorus to perform mixed chorus music in four or more parts.
The group performs especially challenging music and often performs with other area choirs. All styles of music are performed from the Renaissance madrigal to major choral works, sometimes with orchestra. The group has traveled to Europe to participate in choral festivals.
Up to 20 students may be selected each year from the Concert Choir membership to perform as the Tatnall Singers. This select group challenges those highly motivated students who have special vocal talents. The group performs a range of music from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary Broadway musicals.
Students can develop the ultimate ability to appreciate all types of music through active participation in the Symphonic Band. Prior instrumental experience is not necessary in order to participate in the symphonic band. The aesthetic beauty of an outstanding performance and the camaraderie that comes from a team effort provide a rewarding experience, which will remain with the student throughout life.
Students with prior ensemble experience learn to play big band jazz music. A high level of musicianship is to be maintained.
The Tatnall Upper School String Ensemble provides experienced violin, viola, cello and upright bass players the opportunity to perform chamber music of various styles and genres. Through performance experience students gain an in-depth understanding of musical form, melody, harmony, rhythm and history.
Students will study techniques and concepts for playing the nylon-string acoustic guitar. As part of the process, students will read music notation, study basic music theory, and consider selected historical, cultural and technical aspects of the guitar.
Broadway and Opera
This one-term course will study the similarities and differences between both genres. Principal focus will be on La Traviata (Verde), Tosca (Puccini), West Side Story (Bernstein) and Rent (Larson).
Introduction to Music Technology
This course provides an introduction of concepts and hands-on experience in the field of music technology. Students will use commercially available music-related computer hardware and software, and classes will be devoted to gaining a practical understanding of computer systems and electronic instruments and their applications in the areas of music composition, orchestration, recording, performance, instruction, and the Internet. Special attention is given to hardware and software that supports the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) including keyboards, tone modules, sequencers, notation packages, interactive composition software, and educational programs.
Encounters with Music
This course challenges the students to learn and to listen to music in new and unique ways. While some music theory will be inherent in the materials, this class will cover the Five Periods of Western Art Music (Renaissance to Modern) by taking one piece from each period and studying it in depth.
Students will learn about melody, harmony, and rhythm through transcribing, listening, and composing. This course is appropriate for all levels: music theory fundamentals for beginners as well as opportunities for advanced instruction for experienced students.
In this class, students will complete many creative writing and composition assignments to create their own songs. They will study lyric writing, music theory, and a variety of song forms: classical art songs, folk songs from around the world, and 20th century American songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, George Gershwin, and Michael Jackson.
Journey into Jazz
This one-term course will span the origins of Jazz to the complexities of its contemporary expression. Utilizing both the Ken Burns Jazz Series as shown on PBS as well as the text: “The History of Jazz” of Ted Gioia, this class will engage students into the depths of the original American art form.
Intro to Theater
This is a credit-bearing course on the essentials of stagecraft, lighting design, sound design, scenic design, and production management. Taught by the technical director of the PAC, the class will contain both group and individual instruction in the Marvin Theater of the Laird Performing Arts Center.
Advanced Theater: Design & Prodcution (Showcase)
Showcase is the major dramatic production of the year. The director selects the ensemble during an open casting-call (interviews/auditions) the preceding spring. Each company member is expected to be engaged in several theatrical skills like acting, set design and construction, costumes, props, technical matters, and publicity.
A comprehensive class covering three major areas of technical theater: scenery design and construction, lighting design and implementation, and audio design and implementation. In the scenery portion, students will learn proper tool and shop safety, basic construction techniques, theatrical painting techniques, and set placement.
American Cinema/American Culture
How does a film create meaning? How does a camera "tell" a story? How does editing make it move? How do lighting, sound, and composition create a narrative? This survey of masterpieces of the American cinema will focus on the relationship of our movies to their wider cultural/historical contexts. At the same time, students will be introduced to various film genres and will develop a vocabulary appropriate to film criticism through screenings, lectures, reading, and substantial critical writing (critiques, reviews, essays, and research).
This course is an introduction to the critical study of and appreciation for film as a major art form. Through the analysis of approximately 12 classics of the cinema, we shall consider the relationships between thematic content and basic film techniques, between word and cinematic image. Reactions to such films as The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, and Dead Man Walking will be sought in discussions as well as in writing.