Visual Arts

Art is everywhere you look for it...

With classes and clubs that challenge students to stretch their imagination and test their technical skill, Good Counsel helps students learn an appreciation for the arts and tap into their own artistic abilities.

Beginning with Art Fundamentals, Good Counsel's Visual Arts Program establishes a foundation upon which students can delve into their natural talent. Advanced classes help students hone their craft and allow them to explore a variety of media and techniques. Each spring, students display their work for the public in Good Counsel's Annual Art Exhibition.

Through the Art Club and the Pottery Club, students also have the opportunity to express themselves outside of the class room. Good Counsel also sponsors a chapter of the National Arts Honors Society.

Good Counsel is home to some incredibly talented artists in a diverse array of media. Their artwork is displayed in the hallways and used in various Good Counsel publications. Past students have gained admission into competitive college art programs such as Pratt Institute and Savannah College of Art and Design.


Art Fundamentals

Students investigate the basic elements of design and principles of composition through a series of problem-solving processes. Students improve their technical skills, while exploring a variety of media. Equal emphasis is given to both process and product. Basic components of each unit are: Art History, Studio Production, Art Criticism and Aesthetics. Creativity strategies challenge students to produce two and three-dimensional images which reflect critical thinking skills.


Graphic Art

Students will study graphic art in order to develop solutions to two-dimensional problems. Basic skills in drawing and painting will be developed as the principles of design are investigated. Making use of traditional materials, projects will focus on the use of shape and color as they relate to the industries of Branding, Advertising, and Illustration.

Studio Art

Students will develop and expand their artistic skills of design and composition through a concentrated study of observational drawing, color theory in painting, hand-building in ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking. The students will work with a broad range of materials, including graphite, acrylics, clay, silk-screen, charcoal, and colored pencils. Through directed projects, the students will build a concrete understanding of different art media as they develop artworks for their portfolios.

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art is intended for the serious visual art student who is looking to develop a strong personal portfolio that demonstrates a variety of technical skills and ideas. Students will creatively and systematically investigate formal and conceptual issues. Students enrolled in AP Studio Art are expected to submit their portfolios to the AP Program during their Senior year.

Honors Drawing

Students develop creative solutions for two-dimensional problems, which incorporate a variety of respective techniques and materials directly related to the comprehensive study of drawing. Students are challenged to develop their aesthetic awareness through careful observation, extensive experimentation and creative presentation in a series of problem-solving processes. They work with a broad range of materials in an effort to enhance skill development. Specific emphasis is given to personal and group assessment of portfolio work in order to promote critical thinking. Students integrate artistic production with critical analyses as they relate the material to cultural, historical or social contexts.


Honors Painting

Students develop creative solutions for two-dimensional problems, which incorporate a variety of respective techniques and materials directly related to the comprehensive study of drawing. Students are challenged to develop their aesthetic awareness through careful observation, extensive experimentation and creative presentation in a series of problem-solving processes. They work with a broad range of materials in an effort to enhance skill development. Specific emphasis is given to personal and group assessment of portfolio work in order to promote critical thinking. Students integrate artistic production with critical analyses as they relate the material to cultural, historical or social contexts.


Honors Ceramics and Sculpture

Students develop solutions for three-dimensional problems, which incorporate a variety of respective techniques and materials directly related to the comprehensive study of ceramics and sculpture. Students are challenged to develop their aesthetic awareness through careful observation, extensive experimentation and creative presentation in a series of problem-solving processes. They work with a broad range of materials in an effort to enhance skill development. Specific emphasis is given to personal and group assessment of portfolio work in order to promote critical thinking. Students integrate artistic production with critical analyses as they relate the material to cultural, historical or social contexts. The intensive maintenance of Research Workbooks is a vital component of this course since it enhances portfolio development.



IB Art Studio SL/HL

As a complement to and an extension of the current Studio courses, this course focuses on the development of the personal portfolio and/or research workbook. Emphasis is given to the elements of design and the principles of composition as well as a wide range of personal research and experimentation relevant to the student's aesthetic interests and technical skills. A variety of media will be used. Consistent and creative problem solving will be further enhanced by the development of critical thinking skills. The IB student who is studying art at the Standard Level may choose either of two options. Standard Level A requires a personal show of 12 to 25 artworks accompanied by the artist's statement of direction which will be reviewed by an IB examiner. Standard Level B requires 2 to 3 research workbooks with a focus on matters of substance, which will be assessed by the classroom instructor and the IB examiners. IB students who wish to study art at the Higher Level must enroll in this course for two years and meet the requirements of both Standard Levels.


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