St. Michael’s Visual Arts Department sets a foundation in the fundamentals, appreciation, and application of art. Students learn to express themselves and communicate through a wide variety of art media to include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. Students study the concepts of color theory, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism from a multicultural perspective and learn how to critique their own work.
Many different media are explored throughout the year in these courses:
- Visual Studies I: This course is for the student who enjoys the act of creating but does not plan on pursing a career in the visual arts. It is art making for personal growth, self-expression & stress reduction.
- 2D Design: Emphasis is on development of 2D design skills, understanding of art theory and concepts, and creation of various quality assignments.
- 3D Design: This course develops a solid foundation of three dimensional design explorations. Students work with a variety of media (paper mache, clay, wire, found objects, etc.) to solve creative problems and create original works of art in three dimensions.
- Advanced Art for Majors: This is a college level art course designed for students who have demonstrated outstanding capabilities in expressing themselves, a high degree of commitment, and the attitudes and self discipline of a working artist. Students in this course will work closely with the instructor to create a portfolio in preparation for college acceptance and career.