The Waichulis Curriculum is divided into two main sections, The Language of Drawing and The Language of Painting. Each section is organized into four subsections that aim to deliver a comprehensive foundation for effective two-dimensional visual communication. They are as follows:
1. First Marks: Our program begins with an introduction to the basic materials we employ and to several very rudimentary marks. These first marks will serve as the initial few pieces of a vast visual vocabulary. From gripping a pencil to executing a confident line, this introduction lays the groundwork for a thorough understanding of draftsmanship, perceptual mechanisms, and effective problem solving.
2. Governing the Material: Expanding on the previous section, this phase takes a more in-depth look at the material dynamics and the impact of improving control. With powerful skill-building exercises focused on pressure, the artist develops new levels of sensitivity and confidence.
3. Perception and Communication of Form: Exploring rudimentary forms such as spheres, cylinders, cones, and cubes, the artist learns how perceived luminance disparities inform us of our environment. Exhaustive, meticulous repetition exercises intimately familiarize the artist with the basic behavior of light as well as our perception of it; further developing the artist’s ability to communicate visually.
4. Advanced Visual Communication and Capstone(s): The section consists of the exploration of the concepts of 'finish' and ‘resolve’. More complex concepts of visual communication are explored here with the aim of producing a journeyman/journeywoman capable of successfully navigating a vast visual vocabulary as well as a creative career.
The majority of the Visual Language Core is the Waichulis curriculum---however it is supplemented with several lessons from the Da Vinci Initiative and the Sadie Valeri Atelier (added with permissions.) The Waichulis curriculum is a comprehensive visual arts training program developed by professional artist/educator Anthony J. Waichulis. The program is an effective system of deliberate practice designed to develop adaptable skills that facilitate many aspects of successful visual communication. With a strict schedule of carefully calibrated exercises, artists experience significant development in a number of relevant domains including, but not limited to, visual spatial skills, visual analysis skills, visual integration skills, fine motor control, automaticity, strategic planning, information synthesis, and procedural fluency.
Our Visual Language (I,II and III) program is a strategic sequencing of educational visual arts exercises designed to develop visual literacy and communication skills in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Echoing the same rational sequence of skill building exercises from our core curriculum (currently in use with the International Ani Art Academies project), Visual Language I, II and III seeks to develop visual literacy and communication skills that will prepare K-12 students to successfully interact and contribute to a global environment that is increasingly dependent on visual stimuli. The Visual Language I exercises echoes. The general sequence is as follows: DOT, LINE, SHAPE, VALUE, and COLOR. You may see COLOR and VALUE trade order from Kindergarten to third grade as some concepts essential to VALUE and COLOR are more complex and thus are not addressed until the latter.
The Visual Language Program includes:
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