Visual Arts at SBA
The Visual Arts Department at SBA offers many different ways for students to express their creativity.
Art 1 is a starting block for all young artists as they begin their high school career. Here they will work and experiment with many different mediums as well as learn fundamentals such as perspective and color theory.
Drawing & Painting for the budding artist requires a recommendation and is a technical class. During fall semester students learn to draw with many different tools, study the human form, delve deeper into perspective and foreshortening and become comfortable with proportions and gestural drawing.
Honors Art is mainly for 11th graders and also requires a recommendation. During the first semester of Advanced Art students will follow the AP curriculum and work at a very fast pace using many different mediums. Second semester is a bit more freeform with chances to experiment with paper machè, installations and temporary murals. The final project of the year is painting a ceiling tile in the art room to leave behind.
AP Art is a very rigorous course composed of mainly seniors. 29 serious study pieces are due at the end of the year. 24 pieces will be submitted digitally and 5 quality pieces will be mailed to the AP Board for judging. Saint Benedict has a 100% pass rate on the AP Art exam for the 7 years we have been offering the class.
AP Studio Art: 2D Design
AP Program is an elective for advanced art students and offers two studio art courses: 2-Dimensional Design and Drawing. AP Studio Art is an elective for advanced art students. Students may choose to take either 2D Design or Drawing. Emphasis will continue to be placed on understanding and applying the elements and principles of design. This course will focus on developing a personal style through the application of all concepts and processes learned in previous years. Class work will include independent projects in various media, as well as developing an area of concentration chosen by the student. AP students are required to develop a large body of artwork, which will be presented for consideration to the AP College Board to earn college credit and to pass the course. This is an intense course that requires a serious commitment of time and effort. The curriculum for both 2D and Drawing is set by the requirements of the College Board. Students will begin working with the art teacher in the spring semester before and have assignments to complete during the summer. All grades and expectations are based on the AP rubric. AP testing at the end of the year is required.
SBA offers electives in Ceramics. Students will get instruction in a variety of clay techniques allowing them to create hand built pieces, glaze and throw on the wheel. Student will also learn to load and unload the kiln, giving them control over their own firing schedules.
Building onto techniques covered in Ceramics I, students are challenged to demonstrate an advanced understanding of hand-built artforms, as well as glazing techniques. Projects are designed to enhance student knowledge and creativity. An introduction to wheel throwing is also covered. Students will participate in Memphis Empty Bowls Project.
Visual Arts 1 & 2
Our school has a working darkroom which allows students to take black and white film photography classes. Visual Arts 1 teaches students how to use manual and automatic cameras, process their own film, and print their own photos.
Visual Arts 2 refines skills, and encourages students to shoot film with their own vision in mind. They will develop their own style and technique in their exposures and experiment with other types of processing, including double exposure and large format prints.