Visual Arts

With visual arts classes and clubs that challenge students to stretch their imagination and test their technical skill, Good Counsel helps students gain a greater appreciation for the arts and tap into their own artistic abilities. Our 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. Good Counsel students go on to competitive college art programs such as Pratt Institute, MICA and Savannah College of Art and Design.

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In this class, 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, and they are challenged to produce two and three-dimensional images which reflect critical thinking skills. Basic components of each unit include art history, studio production, art criticism, and aesthetics.

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AP Studio Art is intended for the serious visual art student who is looking to develop a strong personal portfolio showcasing a variety of technical skills and ideas. Students creatively and systematically investigate formal and conceptual issues in this course. During their senior year, students enrolled in AP Studio Art are expected to submit their portfolios to the AP Program.

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Students develop solutions for three-dimensional problems by incorporating a variety of techniques and materials directly related to the study of ceramics and sculpture. 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 as it enhances portfolio development.

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Students study graphic art in order to develop solutions to two-dimensional problems. Students develop basic skills in drawing and painting as they investigate principles of design. Making use of traditional materials, students will create projects that focus on the use of shape and color in relation to the industries of branding, advertising, and illustration.

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Students are challenged to develop their aesthetic awareness through careful observation, extensive experimentation, and creative presentation in a series of problem-solving processes. Students integrate artistic production with critical analyses as they relate the material to cultural, historical or social contexts.

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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 elements of design and principles of composition, as well as a wide range of personal research and experimentation relevant to the student's aesthetic interests and technical 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.