A few examples of courses taught: high school
GRAPHIC DESIGN: This course explores the elements and principles of design as applied to illustration and photography in advertising and commercial art. The language of graphics is stressed as a visual means of communication.
Students understand how basic principles and elements of design are reflected in 2-D & 3D design through mock commercial art projects, such as designing and presenting corporate identities (logo & calling card, stationery), posters, packaging design etc. Students work individually and collaboratively to understand how the real design world works and gain an idea of possible careers in Graphic Design. Students work with design applications such as Illustrator & Photoshop during the semester and learn about other programs available for computer-aided design in the industry.
PHOTOGRAPHY I: In this introductory course to Photography, students learn about the different formats of photography, in particular 35mm photography. We cover history, images and techniques of photography as we inspect both the technology and content of this medium. Students learn to use the camera and darkroom to best communicate personal meaning through black and white prints. More importantly, they learn how to look at images in a critical and aesthetic manner as well as speak articulately about their own image production.
PHOTOGRAPHY II: Students expand upon the knowledge of black and white photography acquired in Photo 1. Students learn to master the art of controlling both exposure and printing by studying the Zone system. Students learn to further manipulate film to produce special effects like high contrast images, toned images, photo-montage and multiple printing. In this class, students focus on understanding photography as a form of fine art and besides technical skill, work on developing a personal aesthetic in the production of photographic images. Students develop a portfolio theme; the semester culminates in a mini-exhibition for each student.
PHOTOGRAPHY III: Beyond the (Single) Frame – The Hybrid Work. Students look at the work of artists who use several elements in the making of their work, including text and other materials. Students explore the idea of “series” or “sequence.” The point is to create a sense of unity with the smaller parts coming together to form a whole. Students decide upon their theme and build up skills and techniques in their toolbox according to the requirement of the project. In being exposed to artists’ books as a medium, students will learn techniques like dry-transfer, Polaroid transfers and lifts, hand coloring, making enlarged negatives, cyanotypes, etc. Students produce a 15-image portfolio by the end of the semester and exhibit in the school’s art gallery at the end of the semester.
DIGITAL MANIPULATION: This course is an introduction to the creative use of digital photography. Students learn the basic differences between film and digital cameras and how they use the latter. They also learn how to scan images, alter color, tone and texture, restore damaged images, combine images with type, combine two separate images into one and learn how to make their work print ready as well as web ready. Adobe Photoshop and Image Ready are the primary software used. Students who take this course must have an SLR manual/digital camera and working knowledge of computers
IB VISUAL ARTS: This course offers amazing opportunities for growth in the field of Visual Arts, through a rigorous practice of studio work, and written and visual research. There are two options: SLA, which is 70% studio work and 30% research and emphasizes the creation of artwork enhanced by research. SLB is 70% research and 30% studio work and allows the student to explore the visual arts while developing a strong body of research. In IB Visual Arts, studio work as a final product is as important as the process (documenting) of the creation and study of art. The course culminates in an external examination (exhibition and portfolio of 12 pictures) and an internal examination.