Whether you're pursuing a career as a professional artist, architect, graphic designer or any other art-related profession, or simply looking to broaden your appreciation of art, the Art programme at Woodstock has something for everyone. The Senior School Art classroom enjoys one of the best locations on the Woodstock campus, with views thousands of feet down to the Doon valley below, it's an easy place to be inspired. Diverse entry level courses establish a broad base and knowledge building towards our Junior and Senior Studio classes that prepare our students for the finest Art and Design schools in the world. Throughout the semester students are exposed to Art shows, field trips, guest lecturers, and artist-in-residences.
Ms. Nan Onkka HOD
Nan received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at St Olaf College in Minnesota and an Art Education teaching certificate through the state of Minnesota. She first came to Woodstock in the fall of 2008 and has been working at Woodstock since July 2009. Throughout her time at Woodstock, she has taught a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and digital media to students ranging from Grade 7 to 12. A few of her accomplishments while teaching at Woodstock have been the creation of two art blogs that showcase student work, reinstating the AP Studio Art programme and organising a variety of art exhibits each year. Her own artwork focuses primarily on drawing, painting and printmaking. Apart from teaching and creative art, she enjoys travelling, hiking, canoeing and cooking.
Rebecca Layton received her BA in English from Barnard College, and her MFA in Fine Art from Hunter College, both in New York. She has taught Art and Art History for many years in New York, Barcelona, and now here in India. In 2010-2011 she did research through a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant on block printing, mainly in Rajasthan but also throughout other parts of India. She has also received artist fellowships in Indonesia, Austria, as well as New Mexico, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Wyoming in the US. Her passion is textiles, but she also enjoys cooking, photography, and illustration. At Woodstock, she is teaching grades 1/2, 5, and 6 in the Junior School, and grades 7 and 8 as well as AP Studio in the Senior School.
Katie is thrilled to be a part of the Woodstock Art department staff. She received her BA in art from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a certificate in art education. She splits her time between junior and senior schools, teaching third and fourth grade art as well as ninth grade art, sculpture, drawing and painting and design. Along with art making, Katie enjoys cooking and trying new things.
Senior School Course Descriptions
- Grade 7
- Grade seven students will understand the elements of art via a variety of media and techniques. They will also learn art history to apply the elements of design and color as used by master artists. The students will also apply techniques learnt through the influence of art in different times and cultures.
- Grade 8 students will understand the elements of art via a variety of media and techniques. They will also learn art history to apply the elements of design and color as used by master artists. The students will also apply techniques learnt through the influence of art in different times and cultures.
- This course combines the elements and principles of design with original and exciting projects. Throughout the semester some of the mediums explored sculpture, textiles, graphic arts, painting and drawing.
- Introduction to Design is an elective course designed for students that are interested in graphic design, interior design and product design. The foundation of this course is based on the elements and principles of design that will be utilized in every assignment. Students will develop an awareness of the design around them focusing on function and aesthetics of products. Some of the topics covered are 1 point and 2 point interior drawings, colour theory, and composition. Highlights of this course are designing a room complete with colours, floor plan and furniture, Typography and Poster design. Students will also learn basic colour theory, painting and drawing skills as well as introductions to Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will be required to keep an on-going design sketchbook that focuses on sketches of potential designs.
- Introduction to Drawing and Painting is an elective course that focuses on the basic skill and techniques in multiple mediums. The first semester of the course focuses on observational drawing, such as figure drawing, still-life, and value studies. Students will learn the techniques of pencil, charcoal, chalk, colored pencil, and ink. The second semester builds on the drawing skill with an added exploration of color and painting techniques. Students will learn the techniques of acrylic, watercolor, and oil painting. Throughout the year, students will explore a variety of artists and art movements. They will be expected to keep an on-going sketchbook, participate in class discussions, and write artist statements about their work.
- Introduction to Sculpture and Ceramics is an elective course designed especially for students that like to create and think in three-dimensions. Emphasizing the elements and principles of design as found in forms, this class will teach students to work with clay, wire, cardboard, plaster, found objects, and papier-mâché to create sculptures in a variety of sizes. Additionally, this course has a strong focus on clay; students will learn techniques for the pottery wheel, hand building, and surface decoration. Throughout the course, students will research sculptors and ceramists who create work in both the public and private realm. They will be expected to keep an on-going sketchbook, participate in class discussions, and write artist statements about their work.
- Studio One is an advanced elective course that aims to develop a well-rounded art student with an emphasis on art production, art appreciation, and visual awareness. Students will further their skills at printmaking, drawing, sculpture/ceramics, and painting. Projects focus primarily on modern and contemporary artists and art movements. Students will have more ownership in their artwork; they will have many opportunities to choose what style and/or medium they will work with. They will be expected to keep an on-going sketchbook, participate in class discussions, and write artist statements about their work. Additionally, they should be prepared to spend more hours outside of class then they did in the introductory art classes.
- AP Studio Art is a college-level course that is intended for Grade 12 students who have taken Studio 1 or students who have shown initiative and a strong desire to develop an art portfolio. This course is an intense study of both the conceptual and perceptual aspects of two-dimensional studio art. The primary goal of the course is for students to develop their skills, explore the process of concept-development, and execute their ideas into high-quality artworks. While the final goal of the course is for each student to develop a strong portfolio, the course emphasizes the on-going process of art making and will access art history, contemporary issues, and art criticism to influence and contextualize the process.
What Students Say
"Being a part of the Art programme has made me a better artist. I am interested in pursuing art and design in college, and the Art class has helped me understand the techniques I need to succeed."