Boarding and Day · Co-ed College Prep · Grades 6–12 & Postgraduate · Hebron, Maine

Visual & Performing Arts

Students at Hebron have many rich opportunities to actively participate in creative exploration in both the visual and performing arts. As practicing artists, musicians, and actors, the arts faculty bring a high level of experience to studios and classrooms and inspire a culture of risk-taking, excellence and rigor of craft, and the freedom to find individual expressive voice.  Students and their work are celebrated frequently on campus during concerts and gallery exhibits and in other campus venues.  In addition, throughout the year visiting artists and musicians come to campus, and students also venture out into the larger community to perform and exhibit their work.

ADVANCED STUDIO ART 2D

This course is an upper-level studio course in which students will develop and refine technical skills and create ​two-dimensional (​2D​)​ compositions with a variety of media in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and/or design. A student entering this course will already have a good grasp of elements and principles of design and composition. Students will practice, sketch, and manipulate the structural elements of art to improve mark making. Emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, revision, and artistic exploration. Student artists use an art criticism process to evaluate, explain, and measure artistic growth in personal or group works. Students will have the opportunity to focus on a medium in which they are interested.  Prerequisite:  Studio 2D or department approval.

 

ADVANCED STUDIO ART 2D (HONORS)

This course is an upper-level studio course in which students will develop and refine technical skills and create ​two-dimensional (​2D​)​ compositions with a variety of media in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and/or design. A student entering this course will already have a good grasp of elements and principles of design and composition. Students will practice, sketch, and manipulate the structural elements of art to improve mark making. Emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, revision, and artistic exploration. Student artists use an art criticism process to evaluate, explain, and measure artistic growth in personal or group works. Students will have the opportunity to focus on a medium in which they are interested.  Prerequisite:  Studio 2D and/or department approval.

ADVANCED STUDIO ART 3D

This course is an upper-level studio course in which students will continue to explore spatial relationships more conceptually. A student entering this course will already have a good grasp of combining space, mass, balance, and form to create artworks. Students will explore size, position, overlapping, texture, implied line, and scale in the creation of work from observation, research, and/or imagination. Emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, revision, and artistic exploration. Student artists use an art criticism process to evaluate, explain, and measure artistic growth in personal or group works. Students will have the opportunity to focus on a medium in which that they are interested.​  Prerequisite:  Studio 3D or department approval.
 

ADVANCED STUDIO ART 3D (HONORS)

This course is an upper-level studio course in which students will continue to explore spatial relationships more conceptually. A student entering this course will already have a good grasp of combining space, mass, balance, and form to create artworks. Students will explore size, position, overlapping, texture, implied line, and scale in the creation of work from observation, research, and/or imagination. Emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, revision, and artistic exploration. Student artists use an art criticism process to evaluate, explain, and measure artistic growth in personal or group works. Students will have the opportunity to focus on a medium in which that they are interested.​  Prerequisite:  Studio 3D and/or department approval.
 

AP STUDIO ART

Advanced Placement Studio Art is a rigorous experience for extremely invested and skilled art students. It is a year-long exploration in portfolio development that includes a concentrated area of focus. Successful students may be granted college credit. In addition to extensive summer work, departmental approval to take this course is required in both the spring and upon returning in the fall.
 

AUDIO RECORDING & PRODUCTION

This course introduces students to the world of digital music recording and production.  Students have the opportunity to become familiar with many of the same tools and technologies found in today’s professional recording studios. Students will gain experience in recording techniques, explore the world of digital sound manipulation, and learn about tools and instruments available on iPads and other devices. This class is project based with students planning and making compositions individually and evaluating and refining works as a class. This class is open to students regardless of prior experience in music.
 

CHORUS

Chorus is open to all students, regardless of experience, who are interested in vocal music performance.  It is also an outlet for the student who enjoys singing and wants to learn more. Students will learn ensemble singing skills, proper breath support, and ear training through the study and performance of a wide range of vocal repertoire. Chorus meets twice a week and does not conflict with the student’s class schedule. Students receive a graded half-course credit.

DIGITAL ART & MEDIA

This course explores digital art and media as a method of creating art and design. Students will build a foundation in the basic techniques of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects learning to edit, manipulate and build art. Students will apply these skills as they explore and develop conceptual ideas to create animations, image compositions, original artwork, logos, and other student-driven projects. Students will understand how digital mediums are used in fine art making, animation, graphic design, marketing, entertainment, fashion design, and beyond. Each student will develop a digital portfolio throughout the course while also evaluating and responding to their own work and that of their peers. It is suggested that students have some experience in drawing and/or painting, but this is not required.

FRESHMAN SEMINAR: CREATIVE EXPRESSION

This first-year seminar is focused around the five disciplines of the arts: visual art, media art, theatre, dance/movement, and music. Students will work on themed units that introduce and teach skills of the art form along with creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Students will create artwork that expresses their own ideas and responds to those of others. Additionally, students will research and write about art, reflect on their own experiences of artmaking, and develop their ability to give and receive feedback. This course seeks to create a strong sense of community and empathy amongst the ninth graders while also providing skills necessary to be successful students and citizens at Hebron Academy.
 

ORCHESTRA

This course provides the opportunity to create music in a vibrant and full orchestra setting, giving practice and performance opportunities in a large ensemble. Through performance students develop improved note reading, instrumental techniques, and learn ensemble skills.  The group will also focus on improving the language we use to discuss music by completing written reflections providing feedback, insight, and/or interpretation of particular musical concepts. Orchestra meets twice a week and does not conflict with the student’s class schedule and is open to any student with instrumental experience. Students receive a graded, half-course credit.

PHOTOGRAPHY

This course focuses on understanding the basic operations and functions of a single lens reflex camera and the manipulation of its settings to achieve a specific result. Students will learn about photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting. They will explore the history of photography, learning about its scientific and technological developments, important innovators in the field, and relevance within diverse cultural contexts. Students will write and speak about aesthetic, technical and expressive qualities in a photograph, learning to critique their own and others’ work. Using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom students will manage and creatively alter digital images. Further, into the year students will learn alternative and traditional darkroom processes. Throughout the course, students will be expected to pursue their own creative voice as well as critically analyze the use of visual media as a means of communication in our society today.  Students are encouraged to bring their own 35mm digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, but if not students must have their own SD memory card.
 

STUDIO ART 2D

This course in an entry point to the visual arts curriculum, exposing beginners to techniques and media used to create a variety of two-dimensional (2D) artworks. Students will develop skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, basic photography, and/or design. Students will learn and apply the elements and principles of design and color theory in compositions from observation, research, and/or imagination. Through feedback, students will evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers.
 

STUDIO ART 3D

In this studio course, the elements and principles of three-dimensional (3-D) artworks are studied and utilized to create art. Students explore how space, mass, balance, and form combine to create aesthetic forms or utilitarian products and structures. Media may include clay, metals, wire, wood, plaster, paper maché, and/or found objects. The course will cover topics including ceramics, sculpture, building arts, and green or industrial design. Student artists use an art criticism process to evaluate, explain, and measure artistic growth in personal or group works.