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Visual Arts

High School Art

Mixed Media I is all about nontraditional art. Every project in this class is based totally on the elements and principles of design and color theory while using different media. This is a great way for those students who “can’t do art” to get their feet wet. The student will also be taught the importance of the process to reach the end result.

Mixed Media II is for the non-traditional artist who has completed Mixed Media I and is ready to keep thinking outside the box when choosing media for each project. All projects in this class are 3D and include focuses on Native American art, Jasper Johns inspired work, Michelangelo, Alexander Calder, and more. Be ready to get your hands dirty.

Exploring Art I reinforces art foundations. The elements and principles of design are reviewed and applied to famous works of art, drawing skills conclude with a multiple objects still life as well as the ever popular portraits of teachers and staff, color facts and painting skills are increased including a monochromatic painting and students are challenged with representational art to produce a non¬traditional, mixed media self-portrait.

Exploring Art II uses the knowledge and skills from Exploring Art 1 and incorporates them into each project. Many mediums are explored: watercolor, linoleum block printing, oil pastels, and wire sculptures as well as incorporating technology. Students are responsible for compositions on most projects.

High School Drawing is for students who love to draw. They already know how to represent form and see the value. This class focuses on student chosen composition and various media – charcoal (white and black), pointillism, pen techniques, chalk pastel, and Prismacolor.

Independent Study classes are offered for students who have completed all other visual art classes offered. Focus is on completing a portfolio for the college application process.

Middle School Art

Sixth grade students are introduced to the glossary of art – the elements and principles of design. All students need this foundation to understand the components of art and to create a balanced, more complex composition. They also learn to draw from the smallest line, a dot, to real objects in front of them to still life. Once this is accomplished they learn how to add value to the drawing. The final unit of study in color. Primary, secondary, tertiary, complementary, warm/cool color groups and tint, tone, and shade. The students use this knowledge to complete an acrylic painting. While completing the painting the students will learn different techniques needed to paint large areas and more detailed areas as well as creating space. Most importantly students will be free to be themselves, learn problem¬ solving skills, practice observing, and making decisions based on these observations.

Eighth grade students are introduced to Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello. No, not the Ninja Turtles but the Renaissance artists who changed life, art, and technology. They will also meet Baroque artists: Caravaggio, Velazquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. And of course, the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Students will learn about events during each time period and the artists. Using Chromebooks, students are able to observe the famous works of art at their fingertips. Class discussion revolves around observations of the techniques used at that time. Every area of study is followed by a hands-on project to reinforce the knowledge, skills, and techniques taught.

Art Shows

St. Joseph’s participates in several art competitions in Greenville each year as well as our own annual Spring Art Show.