Lise Prep Art and Music
Each Lise Prep class meets for 1 period every week for our Art and Music course, alternating between Art and Music during the ten day schedule. The aim of the course is learning to listen, see and create by improving knowledge and skills in Art and Music. We also put an emphasis on developing students' English acquisition including the use of subject specific terminology.
Creative Arts is a special course for all Lise Prep students where problem-solving, critical thinking and creative thinking is expected. It is a non-graded, inter-disciplinary course covering the four academic disciplines of Art, Computer, Drama and Music. Students have a one week presentation of a topic, then go into one of the academic disciplines for approximately eight weeks, followed by a coming - together again for a “Sharing”. Recent topics have included “Money" and "Humour".
Elective Arts Courses
All Arts department courses, except for Art History which is not a practical course, fulfill the Arts Graduation Requirement.
This course is an introduction to the photographic image. Students learn technical aspects of using a 35mm and a digital camera. Black and white photography will be developed and printed in the school’s darkroom. Computer images will be adjusted and printed in the computer labs using Adobe Photoshop. Several times during the school year students will have a photography show. Instruction will be lectures, field trips, and discussions about the concept, execution and design of the images.
Please note that photography may be considered expensive, as the student will have to buy film, paper for printing, external hard-drive, and must have a digital camera which may be controlled manually. All chemicals and lab equipment are provided.
Advanced Photography (AP)
The course is AP accredited and the work of the year leads to the completion of the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio." should also be added to AP Studio Art and AP Contemporary ArtThis is a course for students who want to specialize and study aspects of Art in depth. It is suitable for a student who has successfully completed the Photography course. The first semester will be spent studying Art’s elements and principles at the highest level. The second semester will comprise individualized programs, according to students’ skills, interests and needs. The course is AP accredited and the work of the year leads to the completion of the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio.
Graphic design is the art of communicating with people through images and type with a commercial emphasis. The major aspect of this course will be the production of the yearbook but there will be other minor projects as well such as business cards, posters, letterheads, logos, etc as well as some references to designers and design movements. The materials/processes such as InDesign and Photoshop, cameras, photocopier, etc., will be used to develop design solutions. Some of the materials/processes in this subject are also used in Studio Art and Photography, but in this subject the work developed will be more functional and of a commercial basis. Students who are interested in the yearbook and in design will be interested in this subject.
This course is available to students who already play a musical (orchestral) instrument and can read music. The focus of this course is upon performing a variety of instrumental music styles from different periods and cultures. Topics include Contemporary Turkish Music, The Classical Period in Music, the Romantic Period in Music, the Contemporary Period in Music. Students who take this course will develop their musicianship skills, performance skills and knowledge of different musical styles and periods. (This course runs in addition to orchestra club on Wednesdays. The two orchestras are independent of each other.) Any questions please ask M. Hope-Brown or D. Baysal.
The Ceramics elective focuses on both clay as a medium for expression and as a material for experimentation. The students will learn a variety of basic clay-building techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab. Students then progress onto utilising these techniques to create sculptural ceramic forms. Initially students learn aspects of anatomy to create human figures, and then about facial physiognomy to create portraits. Surface decoration in the form of mark-making, applied detail and glazing are the next skills set to be learnt.
Each written grade is project-based around a specific theme to ensure that students have the opportunity to be imaginative in their interpretation and self-expression. The elements of sculpture are the focus of this course so students learn through example , context and history about sculptural expression. The theoretical components of the course will involve an understanding of clay composition, glazes and kiln firing as well as a study of artists who work(ed) in clay.
This course is taught in Units - Elements of Art and Design, Portraiture, Perspective and Space, Self Expression. Every unit is taught and assessed in the same way. A preliminary portfolio of excercises and works is submitted prior to the creation of a major art work in the topic. Students who take this course in L10 or L11 are then fully prepared to take one of the AP courses.
Advanced Studio Art (AP)
The course is AP accredited and the work of the year leads to the completion of the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio.This is a course for students who want to specialise and study aspects of Art in depth. It is suitable for a student who has successfully completed the Studio Art course. Alternatively, an exceptional student, who has not taken the Studio Art course may submit a portfolio of work for admission to this advanced-level course. The first semester will be spent studying Art’s elements and principles at the highest level. The second semester will comprise individualised programs, according to students’ skills, interests and needs. It is possible but not compulsory to prepare a portfolio for AP Art in this course.
The course is AP accredited and the work of the year leads to the completion of the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio. Today’s Art is not only drawing and painting. This course focuses on Contemporary Art issues. Today’s artists use photography, ready materials, installation, video art, and performance art, or work by combing these media. In this course our aim is to present such new art forms and give students opportunities to practice them. We hope this new course will open up new horizons for RC students’ intellectual and spiritual lives. It is advisable for students to have taken the Studio Art course before this elective, but exceptional students can discuss their situation with an Art teacher.
Painting on Canvas
Painting (acrylic, watercolor and other media) is one of the essential forms of art. In this course students will have the opportunity to gain deep technical knowledge in both traditional and non traditional painting techniques, so that they will be able to express their feelings and ideas through these media. This course will help them to improve color, composition, and perspective knowledge by using landscape, portrait, still life and abstract composition. Students do not need to have taken the Studio Art course prior to this elective.
The Art History course seeks to understand the past and the present through works of art: architecture, painting, sculpture, and other objects of art. The time period covered is the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Modern, and the Postmodern World. Works of art, slides, and images from the Internet are used to help students learn to identify the styles of vision and the works of artists. Understanding why the artists work in a particular way, why they aim at certain methods and trends, and how they influence the media and the world are the main focus. Icons of each period that belong to different cultures with references to social situations are covered. Lectures, classroom presentations, individual and group projects, field trips, creative applications, discussions about issues related to art, and discussions with contemporary artists are used to facilitate learning. Students who plan to take the AP Art History exam are guided through the AP curriculum.
In order to take and be successful in Advanced Music course you must be proficient on your instrument and able to read music notation fluently. As an Advanced music student you will either have taken practical music previously or attended the R.C. Musicianship club for a year. If you are interested in this course but have not attended either of these classes, then you can talk to M Hope-Brown about taking the R.C. music department’s Musicianship test, which will show if your skills and knowledge are suitable for this Advanced Level course. Ideally, a student who takes Advanced Music will also be regular solo performer and/or a member of the school orchestra. Advanced Music consists of three units which run concurrently: Performance [and improvisation], Musicianship [aural and theory, Grade 4+ level] and Analysis [of music and musical structures]. Most lesson time is given to performance and usually two lessons each week are spent in Musicianship and Analysis activities. Advanced Music is for the musician who wants to focus on their performance skills, either as a soloist or as a member of a group/band/orchestra. This course does not include composition, although students will learn improvisation.
This course is open to everyone who is interested in music but would be a complete beginner on an instrument (of their choice) or someone who currently plays an instrument at elementary level who wants to improve their skills and knowledge. (You must have access to your own instrument for regular practice.) There are 3 units in Practical music which run concurrently. They are: playing an instrument, musicianship [aural and theory up to grade 3 standard or higher] and history of music.
Please talk to M. Hope-Brown if you have any questions about which course is the right one for you, or if you would like to take the entry test for Advanced Music.
Visual and Performing Arts
This course is for students who wish to pursue a general Arts programme, developing skills in several areas, rather specialising in one specific area. The areas to be covered are Music, Visual Art and Drama. In the second semester, students will have the opportunity to pursue more specific strengths and interests. While developing skills, the students will also learn about different eras and styles, enabling them to make comparisons with their own work and thereby understanding more deeply the creative process. No particular previous experience or skill is necessary, although those students who undertake the course with already-acquired skills and knowledge will also benefit from the course content.