Drawing and Painting is a foundational studio art course at CRMS and one that teaches the basics to those yet to discover their artistic skill and also rigorously prepares the college-bound art student. The basis of this course is classical representational drawing using traditional skills and methods. Students learn to draw and paint what they actually see. Subject matter ranges from still-life, landscapes, and perspective to figure drawing and portraiture using a variety of black-and-white media and techniques. The curriculum also includes studies in the formal elements of art, drawing, vocabulary, and art history. Painting is introduced with exercises in primary colors, color mixing, and complementary colors.
This course is designed for students to prepare their portfolio for application to art colleges. Students are encouraged and assisted in the creation of artwork as well as the assembly, presentation, and documentation of their portfolio. This class is recommended for committed students who intend to apply to art schools. Students are encouraged to take Art Portfolio during their junior year, although motivated seniors can prepare their portfolio during their senior year. Students may also continue their study with Advanced Drawing and Painting. In the past, CRMS graduates have attended art colleges such as Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt, Cal Arts, Cooper Union, and Savannah College of Art and Design.
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