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7/8 Geometry in Art
VPA141

This course will serve as an exploration of how Geometry and other aspects of mathematics can help artists in their work. We will survey and create geometric based art in both 2 and 3 dimensions, as well as explore other ways art can be influenced and created by using numbers.

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7/8 Intro to Fashion Art
VPA107

This course introduces students to fashion from around the world and across history. Students will explore the use and transformation of found materials into wearable art forms using the body as armature. Students will be introduced to different fabrics and new fabric technology being used in the fashion industry, such as 3D printers. Basic sewing skills will be learned: how to make several different seams and seam finishes. Students will learn how to layout and cut a simple pattern.

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7/8 Introduction to Digital Design
VPA130

Students learn to design their work more consciously to produce a desired effect by building an understanding of the elements and principles of design, which span all media. Students learn to identify and talk about how these elements affect a work of art. Adobe Photoshop C.S. is the primary vehicle for students to explore and create within this class.

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7/8 Introduction to Drawing
VPA113

Students work with pencil to develop basic drawing skills while learning the elements and principles of design. Students also develop a visual language with which to constructively critique works in progress.

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7/8 Introduction to Mixed Media
VPA148

The focus is on a variety of processes and methodologies in this class. Students work in two-dimensional format to create grounds from various materials on which to draw and paint, and create pieces exploring aspects of collage and assemblage such as shape, texture, edge, surface and chance. Through mixed-media techniques, found objects are transformed into striking visual metaphors. The elements of design are emphasized throughout to enable students to improve composition.

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7/8 Introduction to Painting
VPA114

Explore materials and techniques in a variety of water-based painting media (ink, water-color, tempera, acrylic). Emphasis is placed on developing skills with materials, especially on color mixing techniques, and executing a desired image. Students practice basic foundation skills of composition, color, and design through long- and short-term projects.

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Advanced Lighting Seminar
VPA126

This course is for experienced technical theater students to engage in Hands on learning through work to support the lighting designs of the Spring Semester Procutions. Students will increase their familiarity with electrics, hang and focus of instruments as well as mastery of control systems. Students interested must interview for admittance to the class

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Costume Production
VPA138

This course will be focused on designing and building costumes for the spring productions. Students in this class will have a chance to design for specific characters in mainstage productions and oversee the design and builds of black box/senior thesis productions.

Prerequisites: VPA105

Costuming I
VPA105

Students build costume fabrication skills through hands-on work in this class. Projects focus on developing costuming skills and showcasing final pieces in the fashion show. Students will spend some time working on PVPA productions. Proficient students may be chosen to design specific costumes. This class provides opportunities to move pieces from conception through construction to performance.

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Costuming II
VPA106

Students improve their costume fabrication skills through hands-on work. Projects focus on costuming for PVPA productions and vary based on the needs for the shows. Proficient students may be chosen to design specific costumes. This class provides the opportunity to move pieces from conception through construction to performance.

Prerequisites: VPA105

Digital Design
VPA108

Students learn to more consciously design their work to produce a desired effect by building an understanding of the elements and principles of design, which span all media. Students learn to identify and talk about how these elements affect a work of art. Adobe Photoshop C.S. is the primary vehicle for students to explore and create within this class.

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Drawing Technique
VPA150

Students will work with pencil and other related media to develop and improve their drawing skills. Work will include drawing from life, rendering space and perspective, exercising principles of design and exploration of abstraction as well as starting to explore the conceptual nature of students work.

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Fashion and Wearable Art
VPA132

This course studies the new trends in sustainable fashion practices with an emphasis on the up-cycling of waste fabrics and existing clothing. Students study fashion from around the world and across history and explore the use and transformation of found materials into wearable art forms using the body as armature. Students will be introduced to different fabrics and new fabric technology such as 3D printers. Basic sewing skills will be learned in addition to laying out and cutting patterns. This course benefits from a working relationship with Eileen Fisher, a leading fashion house in the world in sustainable fashion practices.

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Figure Drawing
VPA110

Students build an understanding of rendering the human form and developing technical mastery of a variety of drawing media. Learn how to perceive and accurately draw the human figure and portrait. Students use a variety of techniques as they explore both naturalistic and stylized representations of the human body.

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Graphic Design and Publications
VPA152

Students in this class will learn about the principles and elements of graphic design, and will apply them to many diverse projects, including the production of PVPA’s yearbook. Students will demonstrate their understanding through critique, analysis, and the execution of hands-on projects. There will be the opportunity for differentiated tasks such as photo editing as time and interest permits. Students will develop proficiency with Adobe InDesign (page-layout software), and will be introduced to Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop as time permits.

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Into to Tech Design
VPA139

Intro to Technical Design teaches the basics of lighting, sound, and video design for theater. The class will briefly review the practical fundamentals of controlling lights, speakers, microphones, projectors, etc, but will mostly focus on the creative elements of design and their practical applications for use in plays, musicals, dance shows, etc. Final projects will integrate with Mainstage Productions throughout the year.

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Mask Making
VPA146

Explore sculptural materials and techniques with which to shape works of art that, through skilled manipulation, come alive in performance. The class begins with the introduction of a series of materials used in mask making and students research traditional, theatrical masks used in various cultures.

Prerequisites: VPA133

 

Painting Technique
VPA115

This course provides the student with an introduction to painting technique using ink, watercolor and acrylic. Students begin by exploring wet surface, dry-brush and brush dynamics with ink and then progress into understanding basic color theory and color mixing with watercolor, using both “on the page” and “off the page” techniques. Students move on to apply the above techniques and explore layering and glazing with both thinned and opaque acrylic. The elements of design are emphasized throughout to enable students to improve composition.

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Scenic Design
VPA128

This course covers the most essential skills of scenic design. Students build an understanding of the visual language of drafting, and how to translate three-dimensional forms and space into two-dimensional plans and vice-versa. Students also work from script-to-concept-to-design plans and models as they learn the process of designing for theatrical productions.

Prerequisites: VPA133,VPA121,VPA122

 

Scenic Painting
VPA111

This class will introduce students to a range of scenic painting techniques. Students will first build an understanding of the properties of paint and color mixing and work to develop a range of scenic and faux finish painting techniques.

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Sculpture Arts
VPA133

This class explores three-dimensional work through assemblage and other exercises. The emphasis is primarily on building student sculpting and casting skills. Work is primarily done in oil-based clay.

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Stagecraft I
VPA121

This course serves as an introduction to scenic construction and related production techniques. Students learn primarily through hands-on experiences as they work on PVPA main stage productions, and are expected to be a productive member of a cooperative team.

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Stagecraft II
VPA122

This course serves to improve students' scenic construction and related production techniques. Students learn primarily through hands-on experience as we work on PVPA main stage productions. Students are expected to be a productive member of a cooperative team.

Prerequisites: VPA121

 

 

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