The Art Department at Carrabassett Valley Academy offers students a chance to cultivate their artistic skills and creativity in the midst of a rigorous schedule driven by the quest for excellence in academics and athletics. The infinite nature of art permeates all aspects of our lives and needs to be fostered and recognized. The arts program gives the students a structured opportunity to do this through investigation, experimentation, risk taking and discovery. Individual artistic or musical visions are refined. Students are encouraged to be adaptable and apply the skills they have learned to other areas of their lives. They will recognize the important influence of the arts on our daily lives and that everyone has the ability to be an artist. The Art Department currently offers the following courses: Middle School Art, Introduction to Art, Studio Art, Ceramics, Photography and Music/Rock Band. Some courses are taken independently to accommodate a particular student’s needs or schedule. The arts experience is supported by the use of technology and thoughtfully designed travel assignments that allow student-athletes to meet course objectives when they are away from the classroom for athletic contests and training.
Middle School Art provides opportunities for students to create a wide variety of work while utilizing various materials and resources. Students will be introduced to relevant artists, styles and will learn to compare, analyze, evaluate and discuss their own work as well as the work of others. Through individual and group projects, they will have many two and three dimensional experiences which will reinforce new techniques and skills they have learned.
Introduction to Art introduces the student to the basic elements and principles of art and design through a combination of skill building assignments using a variety of artistic mediums. Students will be introduced to contemporary and historical artists as well as different art styles and will create their own artistic works with what they have gleaned.
Studio Art emphasizes the development of individual style through the exploration of different techniques, view points and a variety of mediums. A deeper understanding of the principles and elements of art and design and the skill of seeing two and three dimensionally will be strengthened by creative problem solving and innovative art challenges.
Ceramics exposes the students to basic hand-building procedures as well as wheel-thrown techniques. A variety of both utilitarian and non-utilitarian projects will be constructed. The students are encouraged to experiment with and use different techniques. Students will also engage in fundamental glazing and firing techniques. All projects will include the use of various tools, techniques and vocabulary. Students are encouraged to practice, to be patient and to persevere.
Photography is a year-long exploration of the medium. CVA photography students will learn how to be proficient both technically and artistically. The experience is exclusively hands-on with brief lectures introducing the weekly topics. All genres of photography are experienced, and students learn proper equipment techniques and light awareness. Along with learning how to capture the images, photography students will become fluent in the use of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop - the industry standard for professional post production. By the end of the course, students will develop their own style and be comfortable expressing themselves artistically through photography.
Music aims to foster the progression of the individual musician’s skills toward playing with and for others. Goals include improving each student’s abilities on his or her respective instrument(s) and exploring new mediums, training both ear and voice, and learning functional music theory for performance improvement. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to better themselves individually as well as working together as a group to create multi-instrumental works.