At OCS, the visual arts curriculum is set up to develop the student’s skill by focusing on the understanding and the use of art elements in a variety of media. But in the same way, the emphasis is also on a student’s visual literacy. That is, the student will learn to understand and appreciate the historical context, the cultural bases, and the current manifestations of visual art. In turn, the student will develop the ability to appropriately understand art, make aesthetic judgments, and create art.
- Broadcast News (Beginning, Advanced)
- Intro to Digital Art and Design Technology
- 3D Sculpture
- Drawing and Painting (Beginning, Advanced)
- Art Portfolio
- Photography I, II, III (Visual Storytelling)
- Darkroom Photography
- Graphic Design I and II
- Film I (Foundations)
- Film II (Appreciation)
- Film III (Feature Film or Documentary for Social Change)
- AP Art History
- Adobe Photoshop
- Storytelling for Artists/The Art of the Story
- Intro to Screenwriting
- Digital Illustration
Broadcast News (Beginning, Advanced)
This course will expose the students to the workings of a news broadcast. Students will have the opportunity and the responsibility to fulfill each of the positions, including anchor, reporter, camera operator, editor, and producer. A weekly news broadcast centered on student life on and off campus will be produced by the class.
Prerequisite: Broadcast News
Advanced Broadcast News:
This course is for students who have already taken Broadcast News and are ready for more difficult assignments in the course.
Intro to Digital Art and Design Technology
Fulfilling the Academic Tech requirement, this course will help students with understanding how to use technology across multiple platforms; phones, computers, cameras, and online search engines and storage. This course is for students particularly interested in the visual arts. We will explore how to use technology for varying design mediums including film, print design, and photography. Students will be exposed to industry standard software programs in the Adobe CC including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere Pro. Students will gain a basic understanding of visual composition, utilizing art elements and principles, and how to appropriately and effectively showcase their work in an online portfolio. Projects assigned will be used to help reinforce understanding. These projects may include producing a video with music and imagery, designing photo art and collages, and designing a logo.
Ceramics is a foundational course for students interested in working with clay to create hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces. Students will focus on ceramic forms and surface enrichment including glaze application and kiln firing techniques. Structure, function, form, and decorative elements as well as the historical and cultural applications of ceramics will be learned throughout the year. Group critiques and individual analysis will be used for grading purposes. Creative problem-solving is encouraged as students learn to work with this challenging but rewarding media.
This course is designed to develop concepts and techniques necessary to create sculptural forms and ceramics. For sculpture, it offers the advanced art student a chance to work in many materials available to sculptors today. Stone, clay, and wood sculpture will be emphasized. Innovative sculptures will be made from a variety of materials. For ceramics, this course can accommodate a range of skill levels. Students will be challenged to deepen their knowledge of both technique and concept while becoming more fully involved in all aspects of the sculptural process. At this level, students are expected to give specific attention to craftsmanship and self -expression. We will also view 3-dimensional art in relationship to the cultural context in which it was created.
Drawing and Painting (Beginning, Advanced)
Drawing and Painting:
This course is designed to help further students’ sense of design and technique, as well as to help the students realize how two-dimensional arts play a role in society and in emotional and spiritual expression. It combines the skills and expression of art making with art history, theory, and criticism. Students will explore techniques using a range of materials including graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, collage, and mixed media through hands on projects. We will also explore digital drawing and editing images on iPads. The course also helps students grow in their observational skills and will learn to create meaning through the manipulation of the art elements and principles such as line, color, value, shape, texture, space, balance, and rhythm. Students will learn to discuss art thoughtfully as well as make personally meaningful pieces.
Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting
Advanced Drawing and Painting:
This is an advanced level class that builds upon the fundamentals learned in Drawing & Painting. Students will focus on improving observational skills and developing technical abilities including creativity and two-dimensional composition. Students will concentrate on honing their artistic skills to capture light and shadow, texture, perspective, shape, and color by working from life. The goal of stronger technique is greater freedom. Students will exercise liberty in choosing mediums and will expand their preconceived ideas about media through mixed -media projects. Materials may include graphite, charcoal, ink, oil pastel, chalk pastel, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil paint, collage, and mixed media. Students will respond to work by a variety of artists and consider how art can connect us to God and others. They will also explore how art communicates mood, message, and narrative. Students will be challenged to take a personal look at themselves as an artist and to consider what God’s will is for them as an artist and what they may be called to communicate.
Students enrolled in Art Portfolio will already understand that art plays an important role in society and that it is a viable pursuit as a career. All students enrolled in this class plan to pursue art as either a major or minor in college. The foundation of the course will be producing a portfolio for admittance into an art program at the college level. The goal is to create a body of work that reflects personal style and interests while showing artistic growth and development. The students will also participate in regular critiques of their own work as well as the work of their peers. In addition, the students will meet with college representatives and practicing artists and visit art museums and galleries.
Photography I, II, III (Visual Storytelling)
This class focuses on the basics of camera function, photographic techniques, and artistic principles such as composition and color. Students will master the controls of their camera and be able to create artistic photos that will be able to tell stories and have an emotional impact on their audience. Each student will learn the five pillars of photography, which are light, composition, color, depth of field, and movement. In addition to learning how to analyze a photo, students will explore the history of photography and learn the basics of digital editing. Students will also learn how to shoot and develop 35mm film in our traditional photography darkroom. Each student is required to have their own digital camera with has manual controls and two SD cards.
Prerequisite: Photography I
In this class, students will learn about the different types of professional photography such as advertising, adventure, travel, surf, nature, landscape, photojournalism, portrait, wedding, and humanitarian photography. They will then choose a specialty and develop their skills in both digital and film photography. They will also follow professional photographers that specialize in their area of interest. From on location photography to studio lighting, students will learn advanced techniques used professionally in the real world. We will take a trip to the central California coast to shoot on location where we will photograph God’s amazing creation. Each student will develop both a print and digital portfolio to showcase their work. This class is designed to help students find and develop their passion and purpose in photography.
Prerequisite: Photography II
Photography III – Visual Storytelling:
This class will focus on developing skills for storytelling with photographs. Students will learn how to tell meaningful stories with individual images, with series of images, and with series of images set to original scripts and soundtracks. Students will study some of the most impactful images in history and dissect how they told their stories. Each student will learn to apply the structure of storytelling to create projects that can have a positive impact on our school, the community, and the world.
Prerequisite: Photo II
This semester class focuses on 35mm black and white film photography, processing, and printing. Students will learn advanced techniques for film processing and creating better prints. Burning and dodging as well as color toning of images will be explored. While the school can provide film cameras, it is highly recommended for students to bring their own. Once students complete this course, they will be eligible to sign up for darkroom lab times to work on independent projects. (Offering is dependent on staff availability.)
Graphic Design I and II
Graphic Design I:
Graphic design is all around us. From the logo on your shoes to the street signs that help get you to where you’re going, digital design is about visual communication using images, photos, colors, and type. Students will not only learn computer skills, and gain a basic understanding of design software applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, but also how to effectively communicate ideas and messages through visual means. Students will learn art elements and principles, color theory, and typography through many fun and interesting projects including logo design, business cards, movie posters, CD covers, postcards, and much more!
Prerequisite: Graphic Design I
Graphic Design II:
ThiscoursewillofferacontinuationoftheskillsandknowledgelearnedinGraphicDesignI.Studentswillstep into more advanced projects that will reinforce and challenge their design skills. A focus on design problem solving and creative approaches will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to basic fundamentals of photography, as well as motion graphics using Adobe After Effects, a standard software program in the animation and motion graphics design industry. Students will also be required to fulfill a client-driven project where they will find someone in the community to assist with a design project. Not only will this provide an opportunity of serving others with our skills, but it will also allow a valuable experience of being able to take feedback and learn to communicate design choices to a real-world client. This can range from developing a logo to creating printed marketing materials.
Film I (Foundations)
This digital video course will provide students with a basic understanding of the technology and techniques used in film and explore ways in which it is created to achieve its desired effect on an audience. Learning the foundational principles of the production process, students will go from script to screen on a variety of short films. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate production skills and techniques, both in front of and behind the camera. Areas covered include script writing and storytelling, composition and movement, audio, lighting, and more.
Film II (Appreciation)
Prerequisite: Film I
Film is the ultimate art form, combining elements of theater, photography and videography, music, and literature. Students will be introduced to some of the greatest examples of each as part of a crash course in film appreciation. Students will build on the knowledge acquired in Film I while learning to self-advocate and market themselves. Partnering with local non-profit organizations, they’ll experience the real-world challenges of working for clients. They’ll produce music videos, work with green screen, and continue to develop filming and editing skills, as well as work habits necessary for real-world employment.
Film III (Feature Film or Documentary for Social Change)
Prerequisite: Film II
This course is designed to provide each student with an extensive knowledge of film production and all its details. This includes directing actors, camera placement/movement, casting, and an in-depth examination of each crew position. The members of this class will make a full-length feature film written by OCS students. Each student will serve as a member of the crew. It will be the responsibility of each crew member to fulfill the pre -production and production demands of their position.
Prerequisite: Film II
Documentary for Social Change:
This documentary video production course emphasizes nonfiction field production. The course combines theory, history, and practice. Hands-on demonstrations, screenings, readings, lectures, and discussion prepare students to produce a documentary video. Students gain production experience working individually and in groups. Classes include an emphasis on research, pre-planning, and writing skills as integral components of video production.
The process of creating an annual published book is a unique and rewarding experience! Students who step into this important role will join a team of hard-working storytellers who are tasked with the responsibility of producing the most coveted publication at OCS, the Yearbook. The book requires writers and photographers who bring basic knowledge and an eagerness to improve their craft. Through visual imagery and writing, students will learn to interview, gather information through research, and compile beautiful spreads using industry standard publishing software programs Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Staff members will have the opportunity to speak into the decisions made about coverage and content, including the book’s theme. Yearbook is one of the best classes to teach life skills including collaboration, problem-solving, communication, and meeting real-world deadlines. Student will be eligible for leadership roles and for membership into the Oaks Christian Quill & Scroll International Honor Society charter. There is also opportunity to travel to a prestigious national journalism convention in New York.
AP Art History
The effects and functions of art on human consciousness are the focus of the AP Art History course. We will delve into the voice of culture and collective human thought. Students consider weighty subject matter like patronage, politics, class, belief, gender, and ethnicity in their analysis of art forms. By studying the art, we study the people behind the art and engage in a conversation with those who came long before us. This course is weighted on a 5.0 scale, as all honors and advanced courses are, and it prepares students to take the AP Art History exam. (Grades 10-12 only)
Prerequisite: (Drawing/Painting, Graphic Design, Photography AND advanced / level 2 of the same course)
Photoshop is a powerful industry-standard application used by photographers, artists, designers, and other creative professionals. This course will allow you to take your creative passion, whether it be in digital illustration and painting, photography, or graphic design, and learn to use Photoshop at a professional level. The course objective will be to learn Photoshop as it is used in the creative industry, so you learn not only about expressionist work, but also how Photoshop is used in a team of professionals working for clients. The course lessons will prepare you for the certification exam at the end of the year. If you pass the certification, you will be able to use this as a distinctive skill on college applications and job resumes.
Storytelling for Artists/The Art of the Story
This course will investigate how to develop a successful story. Whether it is scriptwriting for film or theater, visual storytelling through still story, animation or graphic novels, or writing for documentary or fiction, students will learn how to move an audience through story. Students will develop characters, set the scene, and craft each part of a storytelling journey with the ultimate goal of communicating a meaningful message. (Grades 10-12 only; IAI priority)
Intro to Screenwriting
Prerequisite: The Art of the Story
This is an introductory course in screenwriting where students will expand their craft as a visual storytellers and will learn how to develop compelling characters and write stories for the screen. The objective of this course will be learning how to begin with a concept or idea, then storyboard and develop the idea into a script. Students will develop good writing habits while discovering their creative voice. Regular reading assignments and critiques will inform student content and creations and will help them to understand the fundamentals of screenwriting. Film s will be studied in class and will be catalysts for discussions on story lines, plots, character development and other techniques of effective screenwriting. Toward the end of the class, students will apply their writing skills by creating story outlines and screenplays for short films.
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting
Digital Illustration is a course for all students who wish to pursue illustration, animation, fashion illustration, story boa rd design, and character design. With a foundation of drawing & painting skills, students will learn how to illustrate ideas and stories through a digital medium. Students will use iPads and ProCreate tools for most the course, however, a sketchbook for developing ideas will still be crucial. The goal is for students to use digital tools to develop illustrations, and stories and to understand that artistic choices influence the lens through which the viewer interprets the visual art.
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