Visual Arts & Media
The Visual Arts & Media Department provides the learning environment that creative students need in order to flourish. All art course offerings provide foundation studies which include drawing, design, color theory and provide a basis in the principles and elements of art.
The Ursuline School has a long-standing tradition of commitment to the arts. All students in grades 6 - 8 participate in required art courses. A wide range of elective art courses is available for students in grades 9 - 12.
Students have the opportunity to further explore their interests in the Art Club, Art Open Studio, Art of Sewing & Fabric Design Club, and the Ursuline chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Student artwork is showcased yearly through publication of the school calendar, Annual Art Show, and the New Acquisitions gallery as well as in Pegasus, the school’s literary magazine.
Students in Art 6 will work on developing basic, fundamental art skills through experience with various media and technique, while being exposed to art history.
Available to grade 6; Quarter
This course builds upon what was learned in Art 6. Students will be exposed to new media, further develop their art skills, and create work while looking for inspiration from different artists, styles and movements.
Available to grade 7; Quarter
Through the use of various 2D and 3D media, students continue to develop their technical skills and increase their knowledge and appreciation of major art movement in art history. Elements and Principles of Art come to life as students experience working in a variety of areas, including but not limited to collage, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, sewing, and weaving.
Available to grade 8; Quarter
In this foundation course, students are introduced to various media and techniques while learning about the Elements and Principles of Art. Students new to the Ursuline art program will discover a talent and love for the visual arts that may have otherwise gone unrecognized.
Available to grades 9-12; Semester
Studio in Art introduces the student to the broad range of materials, methodologies, and strategies. The language of art and design, line, shape, space, color, light, value, texture, proportion, and scale will be the framework of 2D and 3D investigations. Students will have the opportunity to work with digital photography, computer generated images, various drawing and painting materials as well as clay and plaster.
Available to grades 9-12; Full Year
In this course, students will cultivate observational skills and learn to use drawing tools such as pencils, charcoal, and ink to create drawings on a variety of two dimensional surfaces, as well as unconventional surfaces. Technical aspects of the course will cover composition, shape, contrast, texture and gesture as they relate to the history of the medium.
Available to grades 11-12; Full Year
This Honors level course focuses on developing the student artists' technical abilities in the fine art area of drawing and painting. Various media such as acrylics, oils, gouache, pastel, and charcoal will be explored. Students will be encouraged to develop their unique artist vision through the development of a concentration, a related body of work, during second semester.
Available to grade 12; Full Year
This course is an exploration of the fundamental principles, techniques, and application of camera-based image making. This course will also explore the techniques and applications of acquiring, manipulating, retouching and out putting digitalized photographic images utilizing Adobe Photoshop.
Available to grades 11-12; Semester
This course is designed for the student who would like to explore and experiment with a variety of mediums in two and three dimensional formats. During the course, students will have the opportunity to engage in some or all of the following: drawing, painting, altered book making, hand building clay forms, mosaic making, paper making, paper mache, machine sewing, sculpture making and functional art production. Contemporary methods and processes are used along with traditional methods to create work that is personally meaningful.
Available to grades 10-12: Semester
The Advanced Placement Portfolio class is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios: 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing which correspond to the most common college foundation courses. Students may choose to submit one of the portfolios. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The Portfolio consists of twenty-four works of art. Students may incorporate digital photography and imaging within the confines of this course. The submission of a portfolio to AP is required.
Available to grade 12 students enrolled in an Advanced Art Course; Full Year
This two-semester course is an introduction to Graphic Design. Students will learn to communicate their ideas visually through words, symbols, photographs, and found images. Through creative projects, students will become proficient in the layout program, Adobe InDesign, and will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. They will use a combination of these applications to create logos, page layouts and finally, design a marketing package for an assigned “client." Some computer lab work outside of class time may be required.
Available to grades 10-12; Full Year
This project based course encourages students to create their own dynamic short movies, stories and presentations using Adobe Creative Suite: Premiere & Muse, iMovie, Prezi, and additional online media editing platforms. Focusing on the concept that giving an effective presentation is really all about good story-telling, students will learn to create powerful presentations and creative short films, through photos, voice-overs, text, video, and music. Student projects include stop-motion films, product advertising commercials, movie trailers and more.
Available to grades 10-12; Semester