Visual Art classes provide a setting for students to immerse themselves in the creative process. Introductory classes introduce students to a variety of media, while advanced classes emphasize self-expression and the cultivation of personal themes. We encourage students to approach Visual Art with curiosity, creativity, and an open mind.
Visual Art at Saint James is based on the precept that drawing and design are the foundation on which all forms of visual communication are built. Students begin with a comprehensive introduction to the basic vocabulary of art and design. From this foundation, students are exposed to a variety of artistic processes including sculpture, drawing, painting, and other various media, and develop the skills needed to produce a robust range of work. Through supplementary studies of the elements and principles of design and specific vocabulary, students begin to gain the skills needed to discuss, critique, and analyze their own work and that of others. AP Art and Advanced Portfolio are offered for students wishing to pursue art studies in college.
Art classes are held in the spacious and fully-equipped art studio located on the top floor of the Byron-Bowman Fine Arts Center. The studio has dedicated spaces for two-dimensional, observational, or still-life work, and a small computer lab available for research and additional projects. An adjoining ceramic studio is used for wheel and hand-built clay projects.