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Advanced Art Studio

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 Pohanka Fine Arts Center. Dedicated art spaces include the main art studio, advanced art studio, and digital media lab on the third floor, and a ceramics/3D art studio and an art gallery on the bottom level. 

Advanced Art Studio
AP Art & Advanced Portfolio

Available to students wishing to pursue art in college.

fully-equipped art studios
Fully-equipped art studios

Offers dedicated spaces for 2D, 3D, ceramics, and still life work.

Digital Media Lab
Digital Media Lab

Includes Mac computers with the Adobe Suite for digital design projects.


SJS StudentArt Showcase


Visual Arts Faculty

Jeremy McDonald

Jeremy McDonald

Titles: Fine Arts Faculty, Studio Art, Ceramics