Visual Art/Technical Theater Course Offerings

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VA/TECH Courses

7-8 Intro to Technical Theater (VPA116)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Develop a big-picture understanding of technical theatre. Students gain familiarity with the different roles and relationships in a production team while developing technical skills essential to supporting productions. Students practice safety while building an understanding of theatrical terminology, history, spaces and architecture, as well as practice drafting, model-making, makeup, props construction and management.

 

7-8 Introduction to Digital Design (VPA130)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Learn to design your digital artwork more consciously to produce a desired effect by building an understanding of the elements and principles of design, which span all media, and learn to identify and talk about how these elements affect a work of art. Adobe Photoshop C.S. is the primary vehicle for students to explore and create within this class.

7-8 Introduction to Drawing (VPA113)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Work with pencil to develop basic drawing skills while learning the elements and principles of design. Students also develop a visual language with which to constructively critique works in progress.

 

7-8 Introduction to Mixed Media (VPA148)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Work in two-dimensional formats in a range of media to create grounds from various materials on which to draw and paint, and create pieces exploring aspects of collage and assemblage such as shape, texture, edge, surface and chance. Through mixed-media techniques, found objects are transformed into striking visual metaphors. The elements of design are emphasized throughout to enable students to improve composition.

7-8 Introduction to Painting (VPA114)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

Explore materials and techniques in a variety of water-based painting media (ink, water-color, tempera, acrylic). Emphasis is on developing skills using these materials, especially on color mixing techniques, and executing a desired image. Students practice basic foundation skills of composition, color, and design through long- and short-term projects.

 

7-8 Introduction to Sustainable Fashion (VPA107)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT
Prerequisites: None

This course introduces students to fashion from around the world and across history. Explore the use and transformation of found materials into wearable art forms using the body as armature. Students are introduced to different fabrics and new fabric technology being used in the fashion industry such as 3D printers. Learn basic sewing skills, such as how to make several different seams and seam finishes, and how to lay out and cut a simple pattern.

7th ArtsCore (ART100)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Dance, Music, Theater, VATT, PE
Prerequisites: None

ArtsCore is a yearlong required course for all PVPA students in grade 7. Students rotate through short courses focused on dance, music, theater, and visual arts, and engage in activities focused on creative collaboration, exploration, and skill-building in each discipline.

 

Arts Teaching Assistant for Middle School Classes

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: School Service AND Arts
Prerequisites: Teacher approval (form available)

High school students may arrange to assist in a middle school arts class in which they have significant experience with the discipline. This is an opportunity to earn school service credit AND arts credit in that discipline. Prior teacher permission is required. TAs are expected to check in with the cooperating teacher regularly, participate fully in each class, model class expectations, assist in supporting students and the teacher whenever possible, and engage in pre-planning if taking a lead role as teacher. Students may arrange informal teaching assistant roles within high school arts classes by speaking with the instructor; however, they are enrolled in the class itself in order to earn arts credits.

Costume and Garment Production (VPA138)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Costuming
Prerequisites: Costuming 1

This course is primarily focused on designing and building costumes for PVPA productions. Students have opportunities to design for specific characters, and oversee the design and builds for each production. These efforts may shift to other clothing elements including PPE based on the needs of the PVPA and our community beyond our walls.

 

Costuming 1 (VPA105)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Costuming
Prerequisites: None

Build your costume fabrication skills through hands-on work. This class provides opportunities to move pieces from conception through construction to performance. Projects focus on developing costuming skills and showcasing final pieces in an end-of-semester fashion show. Students spend some time working on costumes for PVPA productions, and proficient students may be chosen to design specific costumes.

Costuming 2

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Costuming
Prerequisites: Costuming 1

Improve your costume fabrication skills through hands-on work. Student work and class projects focus on the various costuming needs related to PVPA productions. Proficient students may be chosen to design specific costumes. This class provides the opportunity to move pieces from conception through construction to performance.

 

Drafting, Design, and Modeling (VPA125)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Design
Prerequisites: None

Drafting is a fundamental skill for theater design and construction. Students in this class will learn the basics of manual “mechanical” drafting to create 2 dimensional plans to describe three dimensional objects. Students will also be introduced to the basics of CAD (computer aided drafting). These skills will be fundamental for work in Scenic Design, but are also practical for architecture, industrial design, and product manufacturing.

Drawing 2 (VPA122)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: Drawing Technique

This course will work to improve and expand students drawing skills. We will explore a number of techniques and styles to broaden student skills while looking deeper at the conceptual nature of their work.

 

Drawing Technique (VPA150)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

Work with pencil and other related media to develop and improve your drawing skills. Activities include drawing from life, rendering space and perspective, exercising principles of design, and exploration of abstraction. We also start to explore the conceptual nature of students' work.

Figure Drawing (VPA110)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: Drawing Technique

Build an understanding of rendering the human form and developing technical mastery of a variety of drawing media. Learn how to perceive and accurately draw the human figure and portrait. Students use a variety of techniques as they explore both naturalistic and stylized representations of the human body.

 

Mask Making (VPA146)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Costuming
Prerequisites: None

Explore sculptural materials and techniques with which to shape works of art that, through skilled manipulation, come alive in performance. The class begins with the introduction of a series of materials used in mask making, and students research traditional, theatrical masks used in various cultures. Prior experience in sculptural media (e.g., Sculpture Arts) is strongly encouraged.

Painting Technique (VPA115)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction to painting technique using ink, watercolor and acrylic. Students begin by exploring wet surface, dry-brush, and brush dynamics with ink and then progress into understanding basic color theory and color mixing with watercolor, using both “on the page” and “off the page” techniques. Students move on to apply these techniques and explore layering and glazing with both thinned and opaque acrylic. The elements of design are emphasized throughout to enable students to improve composition.

 

Scenic Design (VPA128)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Design and Scenic
Prerequisites: Drafting, Design and Modeling or prior permission

This course covers the most essential skills of scenic design. Working from script to concept, students learn the art of scenic design, as well as the tools used to communicate one’s designs to others through drafting plans, renderings and models. *Students must have taken Drafting, Design and Modeling as it will introduce foundation skills that will be necessary in this course. Students who have not taken this class must petition the instructor before joining, and may have to take on additional work to learn the basics necessary. Experience in other relevant courses such as drawing, painting, stagecraft and script analysis will also help students reach exemplary accomplishment, but are not necessary to participate in this class.

Sculpting Technique (VPA123)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

This class will build essential skills for working with 3 dimensional art. The primary focus of this course will be building familiarity with additive sculpting techniques using oil-based clay. Through the critique process, students will gain skills in analyzing 3D forms. This course will also introduce basic molding and casting skills.

 

Sculpture Arts (VPA133)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

This class explores more abstract three-dimensional work as a foundation for design for theater and fine arts. We will explore how one can translate the elements and principles of design into three-dimensional artwork through our relief sculpture and assemblage projects. These projects will include an introduction to the critique process.

Stage Management (VPA140)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

Study and practice the principles and techniques of management for the stage for various performances (theatre, dance, music, special events, festivals, etc), from pre-rehearsal preparation to paperwork to running of rehearsals to calling shows and post-production with practical application and projects.

 

Stagecraft 1 (VPA121)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Scenic
Prerequisites: None

This course will introduce students to the tools, construction techniques and materials used in scenic construction. We will also build a familiarity with reading drafting plans; the essential visual language of theater design as well as architecture and landscape design. While primarily geared for theatrical applications these skills can be applied in a variety of construction efforts.

Sustainable Fashion (VPA132)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Elective
Prerequisites: None

Study new trends in sustainable fashion practices with an emphasis on the up-cycling of waste fabrics and existing clothing. Study fashion from around the world and across history, and explore the use and transformation of found materials into wearable art forms using the body as armature. Students are introduced to different fabrics and new fabric technology such as 3D printers. Learn and practice basic sewing skills in addition to laying out and cutting patterns. This course benefits from a working relationship with Eileen Fisher, a leading fashion house in the world in sustainable fashion practices.

 

Yearbook Design and Publications (VPA152)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: VATT Design
Prerequisites: None

Learn about the elements and principles of graphic design, and apply them to many diverse projects, including the production of PVPA’s yearbook. Students demonstrate their understanding through critique, analysis, and the execution of hands-on projects. There are opportunities for differentiated tasks such as photo editing as time and interest permits. Adobe InDesign (page-layout software) is the primary vehicle for students to create and explore within this class. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop may be introduced as time permits.

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