Broadening Horizons

Fostering creativity through the mastery of skills is of major importance in a student's art education. Students learn to communicate their visual ideas through a wide variety of art forms, materials, and techniques.

They're introduced to and become familiar with an array of artistic styles spanning the globe over several millennium, and are encouraged to take risks in art making as well as respect the creativity of their peers.

Meet Our Faculty

List of 4 members.

  • Robert Riker 

    Chair of the Music Department
    Bucknell University - B.A.,M.Ed.
  • Michael Brolly 

    Woodworking Instructor
    Kutztown University - B.A.
    University of Massachusetts - M.F.A.
  • Susan Maurer 

    Art Teacher
    Kutztown University - B.S.,M.Ed.
  • Lindsay Woodruff 

    Art, Photography, and Filmmaking Teacher
    Alfred University School of Art and Design: Institute for Electronic Art - B.F.A.

Course Offerings

List of 13 items.

  • Art & Design

    2 Semesters (three periods a week) ½ Credit
    (Freshman requirement; pre-requisite for all studio courses)

    Visual communication takes place everywhere around us. Using the elements and principles of design, students in this class make tangible connections between what is considered art and common everyday objects. The varied projects in this course will enable students to develop their technical art-making skills, while guiding them toward a greater articulation of their own aesthetic preferences as they discover art and design in the world around them.
  • Ceramics I

    Two Semesters (three periods a week), ½ Credit

    This course is designed to introduce students to the excitement of working with clay in a variety of ways: functional, nonfunctional, and sculptural. Techniques taught include both hand-building and an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Emphasis is on the technical and aesthetic considerations as well as historic and cultural perspectives.

    Pre-requisite: Art & Design or permission of instructor
  • Ceramics II

    2 Semesters (three periods a week) ½ Credit

    Having laid the groundwork with basic pottery techniques and processes in Ceramics I, students achieve a more advanced mastery in both their hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces (and a combination of both), allowing for further development of their own unique styles. Projects in this class are gradually more student-generated, with emphasis being placed on clay selection, complex multi-piece constructions, and glaze applications. 

    Pre-requisite: Ceramics I
  • Drawing and/or Painting

    2 Semesters (three periods a week), ½ Credit

    A variety of drawing approaches are examined, practiced, and applied as students develop their unique styles and learn how to most effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas in a visual medium. Projects solidify skills that students build to create their own aesthetic vocabulary. Students use direct observation, linear and atmospheric perspective, figure drawing, and experimentation, among other techniques. A variety of drawing and painting media demonstrate and achieve a strengthening of technical skills used for projects. Media: water-soluble and graded pencils, powder, compressed and stick charcoal, egg tempera, encaustics, acrylic, and oil paints. Periodic mini-critiques on relevant topics accompany regular studio work.

    Pre-requisite: Art and Design
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting

    2 Semesters (three periods a week), ½ Credit

    This course builds upon the Drawing and Painting experience. Students are granted greater freedom in selecting media, choosing subject matter, and developing a more personal style. Students explore issues and make connections between modern works and those of various periods. Peer and instructor-based critiques provide regular feedback, and a final exhibition allows students the chance to install their own artwork.
  • Photography I

    2 Semesters (three periods a week) ½ Credit

    Open to tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders, this is the foundation course in photography. Students are introduced to basic techniques in handling the camera, shooting and developing film, and printing techniques. In addition, they develop an awareness of the aesthetic aspects of modern photography. 
  • Photography II

    2 Semesters (three periods a week) ½ Credit

    Students who enjoyed Photo I benefit from this more creative approach to photography. It is assumed that students have mastered the basics and are now prepared to develop their own style in their photographic projects. Computer and digital imagery are introduced at this level. 

    Pre-requisite: Photography I 
     
  • Advanced Photography

    2 Semesters (three periods a week), ½ Credit

    In Advanced Photography, students work more independently on projects of their choice. At the beginning of each quarter, the instructor and student meet to identify what work to focus on throughout the quarter. Students have the option of working in film, with a variety of camera formats, using experimental techniques, working digitally or across traditional and digital practices. Students define the specific genre of their work and are graded based on criteria appropriate for that genre. Students have the option of creating either several explorations throughout the quarter or one well-researched and developed series of pieces. 

    Pre-requisite: Photography II
  • Film, Video, and Digital Media

    2 Semesters (five periods a week), 1 Credit

    In this course, students examine the early technological history of media and explore media studies as it applies to their artistic work. Video and media production are introduced through experiences in framing and composing a shot, preparing for a shoot with setting, props, and costuming. Various post-production and editing processes are explored using both real-time and non-linear manipulations. Students explore a variety of genre in film- and video-making including: documentary, narrative, experimental process, and basic animation. A wide range of analog and digital tools are used throughout the year for the creation of several short works and one longer piece.

    Pre-requisites: Photo I and departmental approval
  • Digital Publication

    2 Semesters (three periods a week) ½ Credit 

    In this course, students learn about industry-standard software, graphic design, and journalism, in addition to photography and layout techniques. Students use InDesign CS3 and Adobe Photoshop to produce The Legacy, Moravian Academy’s yearbook. Time permitting, students design and produce brochures, playbills, flyers, etc. regarding productions and activities at the school. Students need to be highly self-motivated, creative, inventive, and imaginative individuals who can meet deadlines and stay organized and enthusiastic!
     
    The primary task of the class is to plan, design, layout, and produce The Legacy. After completion of the last deadline, students focus on planning the next edition of the yearbook. The goal of the course is to develop life skills that last beyond the completion of the main project—a memory book of the year.
  • Introduction to Woodworking

    2 Semesters (three periods a week) ½ Credit

    This course introduces students to the basic elements of woodworking. The course includes studying the types, characteristics, properties, and uses of both softwoods and hardwoods. Students learn the proper safety techniques for the use of power and hand tools, including various saws, planers, routers, lathes, chisels, rasps, and sanders. Students learn the proper sanding and finishing techniques, including the advantages of various finishes such as stains, varnishes, and polyurethanes. Students design and create group projects and individual projects throughout the year.
  • Woodworking: A Community Service Project

    2 Semesters (three periods a week), ½ Credit

    Students in this course work together to identify a specific need within the community that can be adequately addressed with a woodworking project. They work with their chosen institution to best meet their needs and students learn not only how to identify and address a need, but also how to design as a group and how to do production runs in a woodshop environment.

    Pre-requisite: Introduction to Woodworking
  • Advanced Woodworking

    2 Semesters (three periods a week), ½ Credit

    This class builds on the lessons learned in the Introduction to Woodworking course. Students learn how to hone their developing skills to design and build more complex wood projects from furniture to sculpture. Emphasis is placed on originality and the skills necessary to bring a level of sophistication to the idea and to the finished product.

    Pre-requisite: Introduction to Woodworking

Merle Smith Campus

Downtown Campus