The Arts at Tilton School

While creativity permeates all areas of study at Tilton, in the Arts, creative passions are ignited. We believe that there is a creative side within each of us, so we guide our students to find those interests and discover new skills. Artistic opportunities are available within the academic schedule and also as extracurriculars. 

Regardless of skill level, students who explore the Arts at Tilton do so in a supportive environment that provides opportunities to be creative, take chances, and learn new things.

Arts Department Enduring Understandings:

  • Art helps create innovators and free thinkers with real world skills.
  • Art includes skills that can be learned and practiced—and don’t require natural “talent.”
  • Critical thinking and problem solving are essential practices in the arts. 

Arts Course Offerings

Course offerings are listed below. Note: course offerings are responsive to enrollment and student interests, and in any given year, some courses may not be offered.  In 2021-2022 school year, Advanced Studio Practices, Advanced Placement Studio Art, and Advanced Digital Photography will not be offered; students wishing to pursue advanced studies in these areas are encouraged to pursue Independent Learning Experiences in these areas, 

This is an introductory course that will allow students to learn the process of glass fusing and create colorful works of art. The curriculum will provide students a greater understanding of the elements of art and basic design principles that will strengthen their compositions and creations. Students will engage in firing techniques such as slumping, tack fusing, and fully fusing, students will have the opportunity to create their own ceramic molds to further develop their forms and create unique sculptural and functional glasswork. Students will leave the course with a vocabulary and scientific knowledge representative of a greater understanding of the process of fusing glass. Projects may include mosaics, slumped bowls, glass trays, hangings, and pendants or other small jewelry. Enrollment is capped at 6 students. A materials fee applies for this course.

In this course, students will explore what constitutes good quality video content on YouTube. Students will learn how to use cell phones and the DSLR camera to produce engaging video content. Essential practices taught will include studio and location lighting techniques, audio recording, and video editing. Elements and principles of design are blended into the curriculum to gain an understanding of guidelines used to create good composition. The course will then explore how to use these skills to produce a short film. Projects for this full time course will include the production of short videos covering a variety of topics for placement on YouTube and a large group project to produce a short film.

This is a basic course in ceramics with an emphasis on wheel throwing and hand construction techniques, design, aesthetic and the creative development of clay objects, examining cultural, historical and personal models of expression. Students are expected to develop skills in various forming methods. Sensitivity to the materials, to aesthetic design and to the individual and imaginative use of the materials is expected. Students will learn technical skills and develop an artist’s vocabulary. Class time will include: demonstrations, videos and personal practice. A materials fee applies for this course.

For students with a background in basic ceramics, this course provides opportunities for continued explorations in clay media and techniques. Wheel-throwing and hand building methods will be used in ceramic sculpture, tile making, stoneware pottery, and collaborative forms. Students develop ideas based on contemporary culture as well as traditional clay forms and methods. The sculpture process will include: pinch and coil building, extrusion and slab construction methods. Firing will take place primarily in an electric kiln, with opportunities to participate in group raku firings during the fall and spring. A materials fee applies for this course.

This course introduces students to a variety of digital tools used to create modern artistic work. It gives students a taste of full year digital arts courses offered at Tilton including Digital Photography, YouTube/Filmmaking, and Graphic Design. Topics covered include fundamentals of photography, video production, and the design process. Students will complete individual and team projects throughout the trimester, starting to build a small portfolio of digital artwork. This is a great class to take if you’re not sure which full-time arts class you want to explore.

This course introduces students to Adobe Photoshop as a creative tool to express themselves digitally. The primary goal of the course is for students to gain proficiency in using the software so that they can begin to create anything their minds can come up with without limits. We begin by learning basic tools with projects assigned but quickly get to student-designed projects. With individual projects and ideas, students are introduced to more advanced tools and techniques, as needed, which allow them to create their art or design. Projects must fall under either an expressive artwork, which communicates to a viewer, or a design piece, which would be for a potential “client.” In both tracks, students are guided using the visual elements of art and encouraged to evaluate their own work and that of others. Assessment is based on class participation, review of complete assignments, peer feedback, and increasingly challenging work. At the completion of the course the students will select their best work for the spring art show.

Digital Photography is designed to provide students with a thorough overview of choosing and evaluating digital cameras, and allow students to work with their cameras, manuals and memory cards. We will go over the history of the medium and how it has evolved into the digital realm, exploring how the medium has changed, regarding who a photographer is and how the photograph is perceived by society and our culture. We will have regular shooting assignments to get the students to think critically and learn how to create images that tell a story to the viewer. This is not a software class, but a course for the emerging digital photo artist.

Any combination of the photography courses or this course may be taken as a class or as a structured independent study depending on enrollment. Teacher approval is required.

Students develop skills in two- and three-dimensions. Ultimately, students will hone their focus and skills to a specific medium and set of skills to create art within that medium. Students are in control of their own journey in this hands-on art class. A materials fee applies for this class.

Students will review the AP Brochure and AP Website in order to understand the portfolios. Students will spend the 1st semester working on their Concentration pieces using a variety of materials, media and methods, starting the Breadth and Quality portfolios and preparing to submit them to the AP Board in May. Students will explore beyond their comfort zone in concepts, ideas and subject matter within the concentration pieces. Students will look at previous students’ Portfolios to gain insight into scores and completion. Students will photograph pieces as they are finished and turned in, knowing that as they rework a piece, a new photograph should be taken and stored.

This course is an upper level studio class. Students will be pushed outside of their comfort zones allowing for artistic risks. They will be constantly challenged creatively, need to think critically and will develop the skills to communicate about their own art and other’s work. They will learn how to display art work and how to critique and be critiqued. At the end of the course, each student will know how to create and maintain a working portfolio of work. A materials fee applies for this course.

This course will break down the basic elements of drawing and painting. These elements will be practiced and built upon. The students will learn how to mix colors only using the three primary colors. The focus of this class will be on drawing and painting from life. Students will be pushed creatively, critically, will be asked to communicate about their own work and others, they will be pushed outside of their comfort zones and will learn how to take artistic risks. A materials fee applies for this course.

Designed for students who would like to develop basic piano/alto saxophone/clarinet playing skills or expand on their existing skills. The course requires students to practice at least thirty minutes per day and maintain a practice log to record their rehearsal time. Student work culminates in an end-of-semester recital.

Students attend one lesson per week, and academic credit, up to one full credit, is awarded based on student engagement and technical progress. Students could take this class multiple times if desired. This course is delivered through private instruction and requires additional fees.

Fees for Materials and Supplies

There are generally no textbook expenses associated with Arts courses. However, expenses for supplies (paint, paper, toner, clay, photographic supplies) can vary depending on the course of study; students enrolled in arts classes will be assessed a materials and supplies fee. 

In addition, there may be occasional field trips or other outings to to museums and galleries.  Students in Independent Study programs in the arts, or those whose work require a significantly greater use of materials and supplies than the average student may incur additional charges or may be asked to provide their own materials.

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