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.
Advanced 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.
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.
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.