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Visual Arts

  • A.P. Art Studio

    AP Studio Art:  This year-long course is for highly motivated junior and senior art students.  The scope of work is equivalent to that of an introductory college course in studio art, providing a special opportunity to prepare a portfolio for admission to art schools and to acquire knowledge of the professional art world and careers in the visual arts.  Students work in both traditional and experimental media.  AP Studio Art students are required to document their work photographically and present a portfolio that demonstrates their proficiency.  Students have the opportunity to submit materials to the College Board AP Studio Art Exam, as well as National Open Portfolio Review Day and the Scholastic Art Awards competition.  Prerequisite: Drawing and portfolio review by Visual Arts Chair.
  • Black & White Photography

    Black and White Photography: This course is a beginning to an intermediate level course designed to give students a thorough introduction to the 35mm film camera, film development and printing in the darkroom. Aperture (f-stops), lenses and focusing, as well as shutter and film speeds are all thoroughly reviewed. Darkroom work accounts for a significant portion of the class and is the place where students will learn how to develop film and make enlarged prints from their 35mm negatives. Projects are designed to help students understand the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and focus. Projects are also designed to help students develop a sense of photographic composition and style, as well as an understanding of how light and shadow effect the photographic process.

  • Ceramics I

    Ceramics I:  This course includes basic techniques and understanding of clay as an art medium.  Coil, slab, and other hand-building techniques are introduced, followed by the opportunity to work a potter’s wheel.  A historical and cultural perspective is explored through slides, video and discussion.  Surface decoration is explored through glazing and firing techniques.  No previous experience is required. 
  • Ceramics II

    Ceramics II:  This course is designed for students who are proficient on the potter’s wheel and who are interested in continuing to improve their techniques. Lid and handle making techniques are introduced.  Altered forms on the wheel area also are investigated and incorporated into final pieces.  High fire glazes are used for surface decoration, and students learn kiln-stacking and firing procedures.  Prerequisite: Ceramics I.
  • Digital Photography

    Digital Photography: For novice students, this course is an introduction to the camera, photographic processes and digital software.  The emphasis is on artistic qualities of composition and image content.  The course incudes camera handling, exposure, darkroom techniques, and exploring the potential of digital photography.  Students will master skills that will apply to all forms of image making and will gain an understanding of basic camera operations.
  • Documentary Video

    Documentary Video:  This course is a general introduction to video techniques and video production, with an emphasis on producing documentary videos on selected topics.  Student will research their topic and will learn to share their findings through a visual and audio perspective.  A documentary video is a nonfictional video intended to document some portion of reality, with the purpose of instruction or reflection on a historical subject.
  • Experimental Photography

    Experimental Photography:Experimental photography will explore alternative ways of making photographs. Among the methods we will explore are photograms, pinhole photographs, painting with light, long exposures, flash photography and camera obscura. Some of our time will be spent in the darkroom, some on the computer, but most of it will be spent making interesting photographs. Previous photographic experience is helpful, but not required.

  • Film Production

    Film Production:This course is a general introduction to film production. A variety of film genres will be explored with an emphasis on narrative and documentary. All aspects of the process will be explored from camera functions to lighting, acting and production methods. Two to three short film projects will be completed during the trimester. Students who have taken digital photography and film study are preferred, but all are welcome.

  • Film Studies

    Film Studies: This course is a survey-based class that looks at the history of film from its very beginning in the late 1880’s to now. We watch, analyze and critique movies, both old and new, and across many genres. The course will explore film analysis, the principles of film form, genre, as well as the elements of narrative, cinematography, acting, editing, sound, and film criticism.  This is not a studio course.

  • Graphic Design I

    Graphic Design I:  This studio art course introduces students to the basics of graphic design using publication and digital-imaging software. With text and scanned graphics, students solve design problems to create publications such as business cards, stationery, brochures, newsletters and school posters. Students explore the artistic possibilities of Adobe Photoshop. Class critiques and discussions are held at the conclusion of each project. No previous experience in art is required.
  • Painting I

    Painting: In this class, students learn color theory and explore color relationships in their paintings.  Students explore various techniques in watercolors, oils and acrylics.  Landscape, portrait, self-portrait, and abstract expressionism are covered from an historical as well as technical point of view. Methods of painting are introduced through examining the work of master painters.  Prerequisite: Drawing I.
  • The Highlander Newspaper F

    The Highlander (Newspaper): In this course, the newspaper staff publish the student newspaper, The Highlander.  In the process students learn the principles and practice of journalism.  This course is open to all students and may be taken for one or more terms for 1/3 Art credit per term.  Credit earned for this course does not fulfill the English diploma requirement.


  • The Highlander Newspaper S

    The Highlander (Newspaper): In this course, the newspaper staff publish the student newspaper, The Highlander.  In the process students learn the principles and practice of journalism.  This course is open to all students and may be taken for one or more terms for 1/3 Art credit per term.  Credit earned for this course does not fulfill the English diploma requirement.

  • The Highlander Newspaper W

    The Highlander (Newspaper): In this course, the newspaper staff publish the student newspaper, The Highlander.  In the process students learn the principles and practice of journalism.  This course is open to all students and may be taken for one or more terms for 1/3 Art credit per term.  Credit earned for this course does not fulfill the English diploma requirement.

  • The Red and Gray Yearbook

    The Red & Gray (Yearbook):  This course is a full-year, visual arts course dedicated to the production of the school’s yearbook, the main chronicle of student life at The Gunnery. Students work as a team to organize the pages, design the layouts, and gather photos that represent their year at The Gunnery. Although all students within the class share equal responsibilities in creating the yearbook, one editor will be selected each year to fulfill a leadership role within the group. Students of all years may take this course.

Faculty

  • Photo of Ron Castonguay

    Ron Castonguay

  • Photo of Andrew Richards

    Andrew Richards

    Visual Arts Department Chair
    860-350-0135
    Lake Forest College - BA
    Rhode Island School of Design - MA
    Lake Forest College
    Westminster School
    Bio
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    Teresa Layman

    adjunct
  • Photo of Lincoln Turner

    Lincoln Turner

    Visual Arts Teacher
    Ithaca College - BS
    San Francisco Art Institute - MFA
    Bio

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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.