The Visual Arts program is under the direction Mr. Byron Browne.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts Beginning

Prerequisite: None

Students will experience 2D media, such as drawing, painting, and design, and basic 3D media. Using the elements of art and principles of design, they will complete technique assignments and create their own work. Students will learn to analyze visual images, critique their own artwork and the artwork of others, and write short essays about a variety of visual art topics while studying the basics of Art History.

Visual Arts Intermediate

Prerequisite: Mastery of Beginning Visual Arts

Students will learn to use more sophisticated techniques as they complete projects using 2D and 3D media. Assigned projects will develop the students' artistic problem solving abilities and call upon them to use their use their design skills with greater inventiveness. Written work focuses on art criticism, topics in art history, and aesthetic awareness.

Visual Arts Proficient

Prerequisite: Mastery of Intermediate Visual Arts

Students will begin building a portfolio of their work using a variety of media. In building a portfolio students create work that demonstrates their increasing command of the elements of art and design principles and conveys a clear sense of their developing personal style. Students will continue their study of art appreciation, criticism, and aesthetics. Students will also study individual artists with the goal of analyzing how they reflect the historical conditions and arts trends of their time. This course is an honors level course.

Visual Arts Advanced

Prerequisite: Mastery of Proficient Visual Arts

Students will work to assemble a high quality portfolio suitable for submission as part of an art school application. Students will refine their artistic problem solving skills using a variety of media and techniques as they create 20 high quality works by the end of the class. Students will also continue their study of contemporary art and should expect to spend time outside of class working on their portfolios and completing written assignments. This course is an honors level course.

Visual Arts Specialization- Photography

Prerequisite: Mastery of Beginning Visual Arts

This course introduces students to photography as an important art form, from its beginnings in the 1800’s to today. Students will learn how to use 35mm cameras, develop film, and make prints using traditional black and white darkroom techniques. Students will also use digital photography and software programs that enhance the art.

* Additional Visual Arts Specialization courses may be offered at individual schools. Please see your Visual Arts Teacher for additional course selections.

AP Studio Art Drawing / AP Studio Art: 2D Design / AP Studio Art: 3D Design

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for AP Studio Art, prior experiences in studio art courses that address conceptual, technical, and critical thinking skills

The AP Program offers three studio art courses and portfolios: Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Drawing. The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art.

Students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing corresponding to the most common college foundation courses. Students may choose to submit any or all of the Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, or Three-Dimensional design portfolios. AP Studio Art students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of the year to produce visual compositions.
Link to AP College Board AP Studio Art Course Descriptions
Visual Arts Supplies
Required to purchase:
  1. 9 x 12 (minimum size)  Sketchbook Watercolor (Recommended)           

  2. 2B, 4B or 6B and Ebony drawing pencils   

  3. Small hand-held pencil sharpener

  4. Kneaded eraser, white vinyl eraser, and/or pink eraser

  5. Watercolor (Recommended)    

Optional Materials (up to 15 pts. extra credit)

Rulers, Kleenex tissues, Glue Sticks, Hand sanitizer