Introductory courses of digital arts, drawing and painting, and ceramics and sculpture are prerequisites for most visual art courses. This gives students the opportunity to sample all the mediums to decide their future art interests. After the introductory courses, Advanced Drawing and Painting, Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture, and Advanced Photography are available. For the third year, students who wish to further investigate a medium can take AP Drawing and Painting, AP Ceramics and Sculpture, or AP Photography. Students also have the opportunity to create an independent study for courses we do not offer, such as film or architecture. Advanced courses offer opportunities to be more conceptual and self reflective.
Fun with Fabric, The Figure in Sculpture, and Metals are also available as trimester- long courses. These courses give students the opportunity to experiment with different media and techniques. These unique courses further develop imagination, problem solving and awaken creativity. Upper School Visual Art students also have the opportunity to experience the annual Independent School Association of the Southwest Art Festival.
A new exciting addition to the Fine Arts offering is the dual-credit Art Appreciation. This is a year- long course designed to create an appreciation for art and an understanding of the creative process. Students will visit museums, art galleries, and be exposed to a variety of art forms while acquiring three college credits.