VISUAL ART AT WALNUT HILL
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In the Walnut Hill Visual Art Department, students master fundamental artistic concepts while exploring varied techniques and mediums. Student artists acquire foundational skills and hone their creative impulses through personal practice, faculty guidance, and exposure to the work of peers. Classes ranging from drawing, ceramics, and painting to photography and apparel design are taught by faculty mentors who are also professional artists, attuned to the continual evolution of the arts world. Throughout the department, process is valued, focus is balanced by fun, and experimentation is celebrated. In addition to producing a portfolio of work, purposeful artistic practice allows students to build greater self-awareness and confidence, and develop an open mind-set crucial to their success in future pursuits.
- PAINTING: MURALS AND PUBLIC ART
- BOOKS AS ART
- NEW MEDIA I AND II
- ILLUSTRATION AND NARRATIVE
- SENIOR STUDIO
Students in this class learn the basics of the oil painting medium. They explore the unique challenges of value and color relationship as used to create the illusion of space. Over time, students move on to more advanced exploration of painting concepts in terms of both technique and personal expression.
Beginning with a historical overview of public art, students work together in small groups of three to five students to design and create actual large-scale paintings in an existing public space. Good communication and sharing of responsibilities is crucial to the successful completion of each group’s project. Students will be guided through the unique challenges and rewards of working on a very large scale in a very public process.
This course introduces students to various methods such as linocut, woodcut, copperplate etching, monotype, and collograph. Each process creates distinctive marks, which transform drawings in exciting and unexpected ways. Students use the printing press to create thematic variations and limited edition prints.
Students in this course are introduced to the foundations of digital image making and print media; they learn to use the computer as another tool in the art-making process. Working with a variety of software programs, students start by exploring the possibilities of drawing, scanning, digital photography, and printing in the development of still-imagery. As they advance to working with digital video cameras, students also learn to use the computer in the editing and production of short films, both stop-motion animation and live action.
Working within the framework of assignments based on specific concepts and/or limited to specific materials, students in this class are learning to work in an independent manner as mature artists. Every few weeks, seniors are given a new technique to work with or a theme to which they must respond. The assignments can be interpreted in many different ways. The students must plan, problem-solve, and generate individual solutions to each new assignment. Through individual and group critique sessions, they are then asked to explain their work and to participate in discussion about their choices and their process.
Our Visual Artists have matriculated to some of the world’s best colleges and art schools, including:
Academy of Art University — Alfred University — Art Center College of Design — Brown University — California College of Art — California Institute of the Arts — Central St. Martins College of Art and Design (UK) — Chelsea College of Art and Design (UK) — Fashion Institute of Technology — Georgetown University — Hampshire College — Maine College of Art — Maryland Institute College of Art — Northeastern University — Otis College of Art and Design — Parsons The New School for Design — Pratt Institute — Ravensbourne College of Design (UK) — Rhode Island School of Design — Ringling College of Art and Design — San Francisco Art Institute — Savannah College of Art and Design –School of the Art Institute Chicago — School of the Museum of Fine Arts — School of Visual Arts — Skidmore College — Syracuse University — University of Arts London (UK) — Washington University in St. Louis
Our visual art students have also achieved some impressive professional accomplishments since their time on the hill, in the art world and beyond. Here is a sampling of some of the exciting things our alumni have gone on to do, for more news from our alumni, visit our Class Notes page.