Visual Arts

The visual arts faculty provides all students, including the artistically-inexperienced and the very sophisticated, opportunities to discover their ability, the world around them and different cultures. Your exploration occurs through studying artistic techniques, methods, concepts and histories of various visual arts.

Through all of these studies, whether individual or communal, you are encouraged to represent personal interests and experiences in your work. In becoming aware of this personal subject matter, while relating it both to the materials of the Masters and their peers, you will discover and develop unique subject matter and means of expression. All such activities are intended to foster the growth of the intellectual curiosity and creative sensitivity necessary for a full, satisfying and Christian life.

The art curriculum is designed to encourage and develop skills and personal growth. To these ends, its goals include experiences in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking—while stressing art history, criticism, aesthetics and the compositional elements and principles of art and design.

Students use technology, including iPads, digital video editing software, and design and photo-manipulation programs to advance their understanding of how to create and interpret visual art and discover contemporary methods of creative problem solving in real-world applications.

One credit of visual and/or performing arts is required for graduation. 

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Visual Art Courses

Visual Arts Course Flowchart

Beginning Art

This class is open to all students wishing an introduction to the concepts and techniques of creating visual art. It provides a solid basis for further development and study. This course builds skills in art production, develops knowledge of art history, creates sensitivity toward art criticism, and cultivates aesthetic appreciation. Students develop individual tastes, insights, and attitudes about art and its reflection of society as producers and consumers of art. 
Fee: $40 per semester.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080601

 

Studio Art

This course is designed for those students with an interest in further study of visual art beyond Beginning Art. Students develop technical skill in various media as well as creative problem solving skills. Projects emphasize the use of 2-D design in the making of expressive artworks.

Prerequisite: Beginning Art

Fee: $40 per semester.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080605

 

Painting

This course is an introduction to the material and subject matter of painting at an advanced level. Students study and practice the application of opaque and transparent painting media, including acrylics and watercolors. Emphasis is directed toward technical quality, color theory, composition, paint handling, construction and personal expression. Areas of historical study stress the emergence of the modern era in art and the work of 20th century artists. Although not necessary, students are encouraged to take this course prior to Honors Studio Art or AP Studio Art.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080616

Printmaking

Students work with printmaking processes such as linoleum block printing, intaglio printing, screen printing, and stenciling. By studying the history of printmaking, students learn about the role of print as a tool of design-based expression. This course is highly recommended for students pursuing graphic design.

Prerequisite: Studio Art.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080615

Ceramics

This course is an introduction into 3-D work focused in the ceramic (clay) medium. Students use clay to construct functional and sculptural objects, with the predominant focus on hand building. Along with building techniques, students learn about firing and surface treatments, including textures and glazes. Students also learn about the historical and the current use of the ceramic medium through the course of ceramic works throughout history. View student work. 

Prerequisite: Studio Art.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080614

Video Production

In this course students learn to write, film, direct, edit, and act in their own video productions. The history of film is used to teach foundational concepts and develop an appreciation for master works. Each day students produce daily video announcements for the school.
Fee: $40 per semester.

Prerequisite: Studio Art.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080622

Advanced Video Production

This course is for students interested in advanced knowledge and experience with videography. An emphasis is placed on digital portfolio development through the creation of sophisticated videos. Students create personal and community-based projects. Each day students produce daily video announcements for the school.
Fee: $40 per semester.

Prerequisite: Video Production

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080623

 

Digital Imaging

This course is for students interested in exploring fine art photography. Students learn about manual camera functions, compositional techniques, image adjustment and manipulation in Photoshop and the history of photography. Throughout the semester students will maintain a personal blog on which they will display completed projects.
Fee: $40 per semester.

Prerequisite: Digital Imaging. Access to a digital camera.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080621

 

Graphic Design

Students use the Adobe Creative Suite to learn design skills that allow them to manipulate digital images in creating complex graphics suitable for print or web. The lessons are centered on the fundamentals of graphic design, typography, and illustration. The combination of text and images to create dynamic, colorful, and eye-catching publications is at the core of each project.
Fee: $40 per semester.

Prerequisite: Digital Imaging.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 100810

 

Game Design

Game Design is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of creating video games. Students use programs such as GameSalad, Photoshop and Illustrator to create games for mobile devices and computers. This course builds skill in character design and interactive gaming. The history of video games is assessed in terms of graphics, trends and interactivity.
Fee: $40 per semester.

Prerequisite: Digital Imaging

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 100811

 

Digital Photography

This course is for students interested in exploring fine art photography. Students learn about manual camera functions, compositional techniques, image adjustment and manipulation in Photoshop and Lightroom and the history of photography. Throughout the semester students will maintain a personal blog on which they will display completed projects.

Prerequisite: Digital Imaging

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080621

Advanced Digital Photography

This course is for students interested in pursuing advanced camera functions, digital editing skills and artistic concept development in a self-directed studio environment. Students will learn off-camera lighting techniques. Students will collaborate with peers in the creation, editing and critical analysis of photo-based artworks. Advanced Digital Photography students are eligible to take the AP Studio Art 2D Design exam at the conclusion of the course.

Prerequisite: Digital Photography

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080627

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Prerequisites: Registration for this course requires a pre-class meeting for summer assignments.  Honors Studio Art, a portfolio review and a teacher recommendation. Painting and/or Drawing are recommended.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080610

Art Career Field Experience

This course is for students considering a career in the visual arts. Each week students will participate in a field experience with a professional artist or arts-related business. The course culminates in a trip to New York City to interact with professionals in the arts career field.

One Semester: ½ credit

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
Fee: $775*
*Course fee is based on NYC trip costs and is subject to change.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No:

Advanced Screen Printing

This course is for students interested in advanced knowledge and experience with screen printing. Students use handmade and computer generated imagery to print on paper and textiles. Emphasis is directed toward multi-color registration and technical quality. During the semester students will spend three days in New York City visiting artist studios, museums and galleries.

This course will meet outside of normal school hours (typically 3-5 p.m.) instead of during the normal school day. The class is limited to a maximum of 8 students.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.

Fee: $775*
*Course fee is based on NYC trip costs and is subject to change.

Once Semester Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080620

Fine Arts Mentorship

Students enroll in this educational option to earn credit through attending performances, exhibits, etc., or by working with a mentor on an arts-related project. Students study and write about what they have learned. All arrangements must be made with the mentor. A maximum of ½ credit may be earned each semester.

Independent Study Credit: 1/4 Unit Course No: 080611
Independent Study Credit: 1/2 Unit Course No: 080612

Purchase Prize Awards

The goal is to fill the walls of Hoban with years and years of student artwork that reflects the talent and creative thinking of our students. To create this gallery, Hoban established the Purchase Prize Award in 2014. 

The many pieces of art that are now hanging at Hoban are each documented with a plaque engraved with the year of purchase and the student's name.

Visual Art Faculty

Micah Kraus

Micah Kraus

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Kim Eggleston-Kraus

Kim Eggleston-Kraus

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Zachary Feador

Zachary Feador

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Jill Fortman

Jill Fortman

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