This course builds upon the student's skills in art and prepares him for continued work in college. More rigorous assignments in drawing, painting, and sculpture force the student to look critically at his work as well as solve problems in art.
Art History is a year-long course for seniors. Students typically enroll for the full year, but in some circumstances, with the permission of the instructor and the Director of Studies, either one or two terms may be elected. High aptitude students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement examination in Art History.
Survey Of Western Painting
This winter term course covers the evolution of painting from early Renaissance to the present. Students become familiar with the names of great painters and their paintings. The course also explores the elements that make a good painting and the significance of painting as an expression of man's view of the world. There are field trips to art museums.
A spring term course, the class integrates painting and architecture to focus on the development of American art and culture. Field trips supplement and illustrate the course material.
Drafting (Grades 11 & 12)
This one-year course covers the basic skills of reading and producing mechanical drawings and architectural plans. Students learn lettering measuring and line drawing using T-squares, triangles and drafting instruments.
Yearbook (Fall And Winter Terms) 1 Credit
The Trinitannus, the school's yearbook, is produced in-house each year by a class of 4-6 students who learn the latest desktop publishing software including Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Design concepts, from layout to font selection to cover colors and texture, are all the decisions of the class.
The purpose of the music program at Trinity-Pawling is to expose all students to a wide range of performing arts. This includes participation, attendance and appreciation. See Music tab above for curriculum information.
Learning "how to see" and expressing ideas visually are stressed in this class of 9th and 10th grade students. All students are exposed to a variety of materials and techniques in a class geared for the student who has had little art experience since elementary school. Developing self-awareness and self-confidence are important components of this full year studio course which includes drawing, printmaking, two-dimensional design and painting.
Digital Media is a term-long course introducing artistic creativity and design through modern software. Students capitalize on the untapped potential of their laptops and smart phones, exploring the capacity already at their fingertips to manipulate photos, shoot and edit film, and instantly integrate with social media through both classic software and cutting edge apps. The class is built around a “round table” format allowing our collective discoveries to teach and inspire one another. The guiding mantra of adaptability and innovation is often reiterated to the group in our simple phrase: “Ninety percent of what we do is applying what we know to what we don’t know.” We equip the young men with the basic “backpack” of knowhow, and then send them out to explore the infinite possibilities in an ever-progressing world of digital evolution.
History Of Architecture
A fall term course, this class introduces basic architectural terms and develops an awareness of the spaces that influence our lives. Students study architectural history from early Egyptian and Greek monuments, to modern developments in sky scraper and residential building. Field trips include a walking tour of buildings in New York City.
Photography is a one-term course that explores the basics of camera use, black and white film developing, and printing. Students are provided a camera and assigned projects that teach them how to see through the eye of the lens. They photograph people, objects, landscapes, and create abstract images. With personal exploration, students are encouraged to take the three-dimensional world and translate it into a two-dimensional work of art. Class time is spent in the darkroom and taking trips to areas off campus to seek out new subject matter. The term ends with a final set of photographs taken from multiple rolls of film with an individually selected theme.
This course explores what makes theater a unique and relevant art form. Each term, students work from a different perspective - those of actor, designer, and playwright. In addition to practical exercises, we read and analyze representative scripts from important movements in the theater. As a final project, the class produces a festival of short plays written, directed, designed and acted by the students.
Designed to teach students traditional skills in the arts, this full year class is geared to 11th and 12th grade students or underclassmen with recent experience in art courses. Each student develops his own personal style whether rendering drawings in charcoal, matching colors in a still life portrait, or building a container in clay. One term each is devoted to learning the skills of drawing, oil painting and ceramics.