Visual Arts

Come and Create with Us!

Every student at SHA takes at least one visual arts class. Students can even take art all four years and work toward an International Baccalaureate (IB) Art Certificate. Our three full-time art teachers can inspire creativity in even the shiest artist. The art wing is equipped with everything a young artist needs to expand her talents and create masterpieces. It includes the following:

  • Three mixed media studio art rooms
  • Two ceramic studios
  • Two Skutt kilns and 11 pottery wheels
  • Photography studio with seven dark room enlargers
  • Backdrops and studio lighting for photography shoots
  • Six Bernia sewing machines for jewelry and accessory design
  • Art Gallery and new media exhibit space
  • Art book and periodical collection

For students interested in graphic design, computer animations, video production, and digital photography classes are available through our Business, Communications, and Technology department.

The IB Art Certificate

Students with a serious interest in art have the opportunity to pursue the four-year art program which culminates in an IB Art Certificate. The IB Art classes are student led allowing her to write her own art curriculum and concentrate on art that most interests her. Experimentation is encouraged and all mediums are explored. Research, reflection and visual development are essential components in IB Art I and II. In order to take IB Art classes, a student must complete the prerequisite courses in her freshman and sophomore years.

SHA Four-Year Visual Arts Progression

  • Freshman Year - Art I and Art II
  • Sophomore Year - Art III and Art IV
  • Junior Year - IB Art HL I
  • Senior Year - IB Art HL II

Our art students' work is recognized at the regional and national level, such as the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, which has consistently awarded SHA students with Gold and Silver Keys. Several of our graduates pursue an art degree after graduation. Currently our graduates attend the following colleges and universities:

  • Cooper Union in NYC
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Murray State University
  • Hite School at University of Louisville
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Washington University

Students who do not wish to explore the four-year IB Art Program can experience a variety of art electives. The art department offers the following courses:

  • Art I, II, and II
  • Jewelry and Accessory Design
  • Painting
  • Photography I and II
  • Ceramics I and II (hand building)
  • Ceramics III (The Potter's Wheel)
  • Sculpture

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