Three-dimensional design is a one-semester elective that focuses on the exploration of value, shape, color, texture, and space as basic principles in three-dimensional design. A variety of mediums and activities will be explored, including wheel-thrown pottery, wood sculpture, masks, hand-built ceramics, wire sculpture, and mobiles. This course is open to students of all skill levels and is designed to build artistic and creative confidence. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to transform concepts into three-dimensional art and further develop their problem-solving skills through the practice of artistic processes and procedure. We will explore sculpture through a historical perspective studying the major artists and styles, including art from various cultures worldwide.
FOCUSED ACADEMIC COACHING
Focused Academic Coaching is a full-year program for students who want to improve their academic and self-management skills. Typically, students in this program struggle with executive functioning, and most have been diagnosed with a mild to moderate learning disability and/or ADHD. Academic Coaching is a working partnership and the content and structure of each individual session is determined collaboratively by the student and coach. Each week a student in FAC participates in two individual meetings with his coach and two “Get it Done” times, during which a student works on a task list established with the academic coach. The combination of individual and work sessions is designed to promote self-confidence, independent learning, and strengthen academic skills.
Application for Focused Academic Coaching is required through the Academic Support Center. Tuition for coaching is an additional fee separate from other tuition and fees of the Academy. Students who accept an offer of enrollment in Focused Academic Coaching understand that their participation and appointments are treated like any other academic obligation, however this course does not count toward the four required academic courses and does not appear on transcripts.
This series of strategy based classes is offered throughout the first semester and taught by Bridgton Academy instructors in conjunction with Maine Prep (www.maineprep.com), a very successful Maine-based organization. SAT Prep is optional for all students, but is strongly recommended. These classes are designed to help ready students for the October, November, and December SAT tests. The focus is on verbal, math, and writing preparation as well as test-taking strategies. The SAT Prep Course carries a charge of $400 in addition to the other tuition and fees of the Academy. These workshops do not count toward the four required academic courses.