Visual Arts


Visual arts students may pursue a wide range of artistic disciplines, including studio art, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and digital art. They may study a particular medium in depth or sample several from a broad offering of courses. While a strong technical foundation is stressed, equal emphasis is placed upon creative self-expression and developing the artist’s unique voice. Advanced studies include a strong emphasis on critical and creative thinking, as well as portfolio preparation.

Visual Arts at Berkshire

Ceramics


Ceramics classes introduce the student to the many aspects of clay work. Students explore texture, form, and function through a variety of handbuilt techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab. Students gain an understanding of the many stages of clay from plastic to leatherhard, bone-dry, bisqueware, and glazeware. They explore a variety of glazing and finishing techniques used in electric kiln firing. In Ceramics II, students begin to explore throwing techniques on the wheel. With an eye toward ethnic, historic, and contemporary considerations, classroom assignments challenge the blossoming potter/sculptor to embrace creative thinking while developing basic skills.

Advanced level classes allow time for the dedicated potter/sculptor to further develop and refine their skills.

Photography


Photography students explore both digital and traditional darkroom techniques. Utilizing digital SLR cameras, iMac computers, and Photoshop software, students learn basic camera operation, editing techniques, and aesthetic concerns.

Advanced classes offer more sophisticated techniques and thematic assignments are emphasized, and a commitment to independent work is expected.

Studio Art


Advanced Placement Studio Art allows students to concentrate on either two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography)or three-dimensional work (ceramics, sculpture), with the goal of preparing and submitting a strong final AP portfolio.

Digital Art


Digital Art introduces students to techniques for making fine art through technological processes. Digital cameras, scanners, stylus and tablets, and professional software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash are used to create both still and animated work. Student work is printed on large-format printers, including an Epson 9890 with a 44-inch span. The digital art curriculum is supplemented with exploratory lessons, field trips to museums and local design firms, and a graphic design competition. At every level of Digital Art, students develop their portfolios while learning more advanced techniques.


Schedule of Events

Oct. 21: Fall Concert at 8:00 p.m. Allen Theater

Nov. 3-5: Fall Play Performances at 7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Nov. 11: Fall Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Dec. 4: Berkshire Improv at 6:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Dec. 9: Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Feb. 16-18: Winter Musical at 7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Feb. 24: Winter Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Feb. 28: Acappellapalooza at 7:00 p.m. Allen Theater

March 1: Jazz Café 8:30 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

April 7: Vocal Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

April 13: AP Art Exhibit Reception at 7:00 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

April 21: Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

May 5: Capriccio: Classical Music Recital at 7:30 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

May 12-13: Student Performing Arts Showcase at 7:30 p.m.
Allen Theater

Note: All events are held at Allen Theater unless otherwise noted. Additional events may be added to the schedule, or showtimes adjusted.