The Visual Arts Curriculum is comprised of sequentially organized semester-long courses that serve as pre-requisites to the following semester and year, supported by 4 full-time Visual Arts Faculty. Course work combines hands-on studio experience and learning with demonstration, lecture, critique, seminar/discussion, research, and presentations (written/spoken) in both individual and collaborative projects that use visual studies and expression as a way to explore, understand, and communicate about themselves, their community, and the world. Each student takes 3 courses per semester. Additionally, the VA Faculty host Open Studio 2 evenings a week to further support students in their work.
Throughout the semester, the Visual Arts Department and individual VA classes will visit local museums, galleries, and studios and host visiting Guest Artists. Students have opportunities to participate and assist in the production of annual Visual Arts Department exhibitions (4-8 annually). The semester in Visual Arts concludes with a private Portfolio Review meeting and conversation with each student and the 4 Visual Arts faculty, wherein progress is noted, areas of growth are identified, and the student practices presenting their artwork, self-evaluating, goal-setting, and using visual vocabulary (oracy skills). College readiness, application to colleges, grants, and scholarships, attention to summer pre-college study courses, internships and employment are also supported by VA Faculty and curriculum.