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Visual Arts

Visual Arts electives are for those students who wish to pursue a career and/or future studies in the visual arts, as well as for those who don’t feel drawn to the field but want to learn some basic skills and knowledge about art. The Visual Arts department at Notre Dame has expanded over the last few years to include an intermediate Art II class, as well as an AP (Advanced Placement) course. The courses that are currently being offered are Art I, Art II, AP Art and Photography.

Beginning Art I classes offer a variety of hands-on and academic experiences in the media of drawing, printmaking, sculpture, painting, etc. and are open to any interested high school student.

Art II is for those students who wish to explore more complex visual problems and further develop their own expressive vision. We will intensely explore techniques in painting and drawing to develop the skills needed for Advanced Placement. 
Photography is an introduction into image culture with concentrations in digital and traditional means of image-making. This includes digital photography combined with pigmented printing, book making, color film processing, alternative processes, and basic b&w darkroom techniques.
Ceramics is an introduction to ceramic processes and techniques. Students explore creating functional and nonfunctional works.    

The Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Drawing & Design course provides direction for highly motivated art students to develop an extensive portfolio of high-quality original works which will be submitted for the AP portfolio review and could potentially earn them college credit and/or college scholarships.

Classes are held in the Varallo Building which houses a new photography lab, kiln room, and a spacious, well-lit art classroom. The work of many talented and hard-working students can be seen on display in various places throughout the school at any given time throughout the year. Students can also opt to participate in local and national art contests and shows. Students are encouraged to see and explore art in galleries and museums outside of school, as well as through organized school field trips.