Art Courses

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  • Middle School

    Art 1A Principles and Elements
    Art 2A Principles and Elements
    Art 3A Principles and Elements
  • High School

    Visual Arts Teacher
    Nela V. Steric, M.F.A., M.A.E.
    nsteric@chaminade.org

    Visual Arts Teacher
    Amber Jackson, B.F.A., Illustration
     
    All paired two courses in the Visual Art program, meet the VPA requirement for admission to the University of California system.

    Click here to see a gallery of student works.
     
    ART IA: Fundamentals of Art
    In this course, students are acquiring observational skills in realistic type of drawing and measuring proportions, one-point perspective, and building value and texture. Using pencil, charcoal and ink, and based on historical and contemporary art, students will complete portrait, human body, animal portrait and other kinds of realistic drawings. This semester, students will develop the drawing and aesthetic skills needed to gain confidence in their own artistic potentials.
     
    ART IB-1: Studio Art Watercolor
    In this course, the students will learn to paint in watercolor and learn visual composition. The course builds up on measuring proportions and valuing skills previously learned in the Studio IA. The students will complete several practices and larger studio painting projects, and even paint outside, plein-air style. The students will continue to develop their ability to discus and analyze their own, and their peers' works. Student will also receive examples of historical art movements and contemporary art examples of watercolors.
     
    ART IB-2: 3D Design
    This is a hands on course where students explore 3D form through a variety of materials. Students are exposed to various processes, techniques, and methods related to historical and contemporary sculpture. Students will develop skills in additive, subtractive, and assemblage sculpture as well as visual problem solving. Various projects provide opportunities for students to use personal experiences in the process of making art.
     
    ART IB-3: Digital Design
    In this course, students use drawing, typography, and imagery through the Graphic Design aesthetics to communicate ideas. Students apply the advanced use of art language and knowledge of composition to create a variety of digital art pieces. A combination of digital and hands-on art work will develop into a final art piece. In addition, they learn the connections between the graphic design and business, and act as independent entrepreneurs in the school’s environment.
     
    Art IIB: Digital Design
    Test your graphic design skills by working independently, as graphic designers, with Chaminade teachers, designing visuals for them! You would depart the FA-4 classroom and go to teacher(s) of your choice to work for them as your client(s), making, per their request: posters, brochures, logos, signs, banners, or similar visuals. You will have regular feedback from your Digital Art teacher about the progress. You will learn to communicate as professional graphic designers to your clients. Your completed projects will be graded, but the real award is your designs being used by the teachers in their classrooms.
     
    ART II: Studio Art II - Acrylic and Composition
    In this course, students will use medium of acrylics and build on the skills acquired in Studio Art I. Students will learn painting techniques and focus on the composition of their artworks. They will work on individual, and a group painting project that will serve the needs of the School. The students will further develop the aesthetic skills needed to be able to make critical judgments regarding both their own and others artworks. The students will start a personal web portfolio to which they can refer to college admissions officers or use towards the AP Exam.
     
    ART III: Studio Art III - 20th Century Art Explorations
    In this course the students will research major 20th Modern Art. As a result, the students will develop four unique art pieces that communicate four chosen ideas, emotions, and styles of the 20th century Modern Art. They will start writing personal essays about their development as artists and in relations to their semester research. The students will maintain a personal web portfolio to which they can refer to college admissions officers or use towards the AP Exam.
     
    ART IV: Studio Art IV - Postmodern Art Explorations
    In this course the students will research a variety of political, social, cultural and personal issues represented in contemporary art today. As a result, the students will develop four unique art pieces that communicate chosen ideas, emotions, and style of the contemporary examples. The students will further investigate new media and have all available school’s resources at hand. They will maintain writing personal essays about their development as artists. The students will maintain a personal web portfolio to which they can refer to college admissions officers or use towards the AP Exam.
     
    ART AP DRAW: Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing
    In this seminar course, the highly motivated, self-starting student will follow the “portfolio prescription” of the Advanced Placement Board. The student, through personal research and experimentation, will be required to produce 24 highly creative and imaginative pieces exemplifying higher level thinking skills, and investigation of the historical, cultural, and contemporary styles/ techniques of two-dimensional artwork. Students will be identified as potential AP candidates through teacher recognition of qualifying artwork in the Drawing/Painting, Acrylics and Portfolio prerequisite classes.
     
    Art IIB: Digital Design
    Test your graphic design skills by working independently, as graphic designers, with Chaminade teachers, designing visuals for them! You would depart the FA-4 classroom and go to teacher(s) of your choice to work for them as your client(s), making, per their request: posters, brochures, logos, signs, banners, or similar visuals. You will have regular feedback from your Digital Art teacher about the progress. You will learn to communicate as professional graphic designers to your clients. Your completed projects will be graded, but the real award is your designs being used by the teachers in their classrooms.
     
    NAHS
    The NAHS is an art club that engages students who have a passion for arts and desire to use it to promote and support all art, School’s Mission, social justice, and School’s fun events. In NAHS, the students discuss and plan an important event, concert, support each other’s creative efforts, and even do painting exercises to all interested students to hone their artistic skills. Every year, NAHS host students’ painting event for Chaminade’s mental health week. NAHS members are an immensely diverse family, constantly working on expanding artistic horizons, planning a fun concert for the school, or tackling new social justice challenges.
     
    Annual Students’ Group Art Exhibitions
    • Robert Graham Memorial Art Exhibition at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA
    • C S U N Art Galleries Annual High School Invitational exhibition, CSUN Main Gallery, Northridge, CA.
The Visual Arts Curriculum at Chaminade recognizes that an individual student’s experience is not limited to a traditional artistic preserve, but is also one that is intercultural, transformative, diverse, socially involved, and identity-forming. Being a visual art program’s student at Chaminade, opens venues to grow as a student-artist and a person through exploring variety of sequentially planned course offerings. Through loving, and rigorous curriculum that aligns with the School’s Mission the students are empowered to shape their world artistically, communicate effectively, and become culturally and socially engaged citizens.

Film Courses

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  • Middle School

    Film
    Eighth grade
  • High School

    Fine Arts Department Chair
    Film Program Director
    Ms. Karen Ann Thumm, B.S., M.A
    kthumm@chaminade.org

    FILM I – Introduction to Film 
    Everyone loves movies! Students in this class will learn how to make films as they study the history of this visual art form and learn the language of cinema. In the context of significant films such as Citizen Kane and The Godfather, students will discover their own voices as filmmakers – writing, directing, filming, and editing their own shorts. Students will work collaboratively to craft films while practicing the established genres of the medium: drama, comedy, horror, western, science fiction, and more. Students will have access to all necessary equipment to create stunning films, including Canon DSLR cameras and lenses, microphones, lights, tripods, dollies, and Adobe editing software.  

    FILM II – Advanced Film Production 
    Students will build on the fundamentals of filmmaking they learned in Film I while creating a variety of short films between five and ten minutes in length. Students will learn to craft the stories that are important to them – the stories they feel need to be told – in a collaborative environment that will challenge them to become better screenwriters, cinematographers, directors, producers, and editors. 

    FILM III, IV, V, VI, VII – Advanced Film Workshop 
    The Advanced Film Workshop is for filmmakers who wish to continue their study of film in a more rigorous and intensely collaborative environment. Students will use their knowledge of film production from Film I and Film II and work on perfecting their craft as they take creative risks in a workshop environment that places the emphasis on process and not product. Students will create short films with larger casts and crews than they have had the opportunity to work with before, and they will be challenged to think creatively as they work collaboratively with this dynamic community of artists. 

    PHOTOGRAPHY    
    Covering the fundamentals of effective composition, advanced techniques in lighting and staging, and the history of photography, this class provides an introduction to the world of photography and the practical use of digital cameras to create meaningful art. Direct instruction during class combined with experience shooting in the field and on set will demystify the DSLR camera settings utilized in digital photography. Students will learn how to use photography as a means of self-expression and documentation.   

    CHAMINADE STUDIOS 
    This extracurricular club for students interested in filmmaking and photography is entirely student run and student directed. A student executive board fosters an environment where Chaminade filmmakers can collaborate on projects, learn about filmmaking, screen films together, and share their interest in film and photography. Students in the club compete in annual film festival competitions such as NFFTY’s 48 Hour Film Off and AAHSFF’s challenges.  

    CHAMINADE FILM FESTIVAL 
    Chaminade Studios hosts an annual film festival each spring that is open to the entire Chaminade community and judged by industry professionals. 

    Watch examples of student work from the Chaminade Film Program on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/ChaminadeFilmProgram 

    See Chaminade filmmakers in action on Instagram: ChaminadeStudios@NadeFilm 
Chaminade Studios competes in a variety of national and international film festivals each year, such as The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) and The All American High School Film Festival, in addition to hosting our own annual film festival showcasing the best work of Chaminade Filmmakers each spring.
 

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