Students at St. Patrick-St. Vincent Catholic High School can begin their art studies with an introductory course designed to encourage visual exploration and broaden horizons in the search for personal expression. Elements and principles of design are emphasized and technical skills are built through the use of specific art materials and processes.
More advanced students may choose art courses designed to build on prior skills and experiences with the elements and principles of design. Studio art courses are offered for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. In addition to class time, these students will work outside the classroom, have summer assignments, maintain a sketchbook or journal, create a body of work, and receive ongoing critique from the instructor.
The AP Studio Art course is equivalent to a full year college course and focuses on portfolio assessment. Students create work all year to meet the goal of sending 24 images to the College Board. Their concentration consists of working on a theme and investigating with the elements of design to further their work.