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The Art  Program at Curley offers a required course and several electives for the student interested in art.

The required Art Seminar is designed to improve visual literacy.  The elements of art and the principles of design will be introduced.  The roots of Western Art will be explored, touching upon ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as the Medieval and Renaissance periods.   Approximately one third of the course time will be utilized for the creation of original art projects based upon the principles learned.  Woven throughout the appreciation, history and project sections will be the quest for the answer to the enigmatic question "Why does man create?"

The principles of design serve as guidelines for the use and arrangement of the elements of art. The object of the Design and Composition elective is to develop a working knowledge of the elements of art: color, value, line, texture, shape, form and space and the principles of composition: balance, gradation, variety and contrast, repetition and rhythm, emphasis and unity. Progress will be measured, for the most part, by producing visual works which demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles.

The materials, techniques and subject matter of traditional Fine Arts will be explored in the Fine Arts elective. They include head sculpture and casting, non representational sculpture, drawing, water color painting and silk screen painting.

A Senior Studio elective will be customized for each student to meet their needs, whether they are portfolio problems or just personal interests. The course of study will be worked out on a one-on-one basis with specific quarterly goals and reviews. A student may, for example, elect to work in three dimensional mediums for the entire year, while another student may want to do creative techniques on the MacIntosh. Each will be accomodated.

For those interested in photography, an elective in Digital Photography will cover technical and artistic approaches to digital photography. Topics will include camera handling, compositional techniques, historical perspectives and theme development. Fundamental concepts of aperture, shutter and ISO settings as well as advanced digital techniques will be covered. During the second semester individual expression through photo manipulation will be explored with the aid of the PhotoShop program. Displays of prints will be present throughout the year and a large group of pieces will be on display at the Spring Art Show. Students will learn to evaluate their work via group critiques.