Visual and Technical Arts 2017-06-29T23:08:04+00:00

TECHNICAL & VISUAL ARTS – In the visual arts conservatory, students are able to explore multi mediums of how to visually express themselves. Using both traditional and contemporary mediums, visual arts students create a meaningful portfolio that can be used to secure college entry and scholarships.

Photography I

Photography I students will learn about the history and development of photography through lecture, image presentations, creative exploration, and picture taking exercises. Students will be exposed to many types of photography, as well as become familiar with the work of renowned and respected photographers.

Students will also learn how to use a point-and-shoot digital camera, as well as be able to understand lighting and simple techniques in controlling their image making. Students will learn how an image is created through a digital camera, and have an opportunity to learn as they experiment with a variety of processes related to photography.

Students will learn the basic operations and tools of Photoshop CS4 for editing their photos.

Students will also learn how to create a portfolio and present their finished work in a professional manner using a critique process.

Students will work together in creative teams to produce photos for a vast series of projects during the semester.

Periodically each semester, students will be able to submit their best work for the Encore High School Art Gallery.

Photography II

Photography II students will learn about the history and development of photography through lecture, image presentations, creative exploration, and picture taking exercises. Students will be exposed to many types of photography, as well as become familiar with the work of renowned and respected photographers.

Students will also learn how to use an SLR (Single Lens Reflex) style digital camera, as well as be able to understand lighting and advanced techniques in controlling their image making. Students will learn how an image is created through a digital camera, and have an opportunity to learn as they experiment with a variety of processes related to photography.

Students will learn complex operations and tools of Photoshop CS4 for editing their photos.

Students will also learn how to create a portfolio and present their finished work in a professional manner using a critique process.

Students will work together in creative teams to produce photos for a vast series of projects during the semester.

Periodically throughout each semester students will submit their best work for our own Encore Art Gallery.

Photography III

Photography III students will specialize in one of two categories of photography: Fine Art and Photojournalism.

In the Fine Art category students will:

  • Development a personal artistic style and explore and expand their own artistic skill.
  • Learn about alternative processes in photography as they experiment with a variety of processes related to the manual processes of photography, such as sun prints and chromoskedasics, and photographic painting.
  • Be able to submit their work for several art shows, competitions, and exhibits.
  • Compile a professional digital and printed portfolio aimed at college admissions, and present their finished work in a professional manner using a critique panel.

In the Photojournalism category students will:

  • Be introduced to the fast-paced world of photojournalism, and explore the unique requirements and demands of this category.
  • Continue to master complex operations of the adobe suite in applications relating to business and advertising opportunities both on and off campus.
  • Work together in creative teams to produce photos for a vast series of projects during the semester, both for their personal use, and for the business operations of Encore High School.
  • Students will also participate in the Encore High School Media Lab, by photographing school events for the yearbook, and creating the graphic layouts that will make up the event portion of the yearbook.

The Audition/Assessment form for each conservatory is the map of the curriculum for the different levels of class offered at Encore. There are two columns in each level marked (M) Mastery and (NM) Not-Mastery. The student must achieve a mastery in every single technical skill in that column. Any skill not at the Mastery level will keep the student from moving to the next level.