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Lower School

Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade Studio Art

The objectives of the Lower School Visual Arts curriculum address multiple aspects of our young students’ development. Students explore the world of art with lessons focused on creating reproductions of famous artwork and through producing their own works of art.  The fine motor development of students is fostered by using simple art mediums and advancing to more complex mediums. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and personal experiences to create visual art projects in order to develop awareness of self and of the environments around them.

Middle School

Studio Art

The Middle School Visual Arts curriculum provides opportunities for students to refine their artistic skills and art history knowledge through a variety of 2-D and 3-D media and techniques, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, fibers, photography, and sculpture while developing visual-thinking strategies. Students develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design with intentional connections to God’s creation. Interdisciplinary Visual Arts projects also connect to Geography, History, Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics classes in exciting experiential ways. Additionally, as a team SCPS Middle School Visual Arts students create art projects to instill an appreciation of giving through community service.

Upper School

Drawing and Design

Drawing and Design is an entry level course focusing on drawing techniques as a foundation for development in the arts.  The course will put heavy emphasis on design concerns and observational skills. The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design provide the basic framework for the course. Students will experiment with a wide variety of drawing tools.  There will also be an interest in self-reflection and assessing their work and the work of others in critiques.

Crafts  I

Crafts I is an introductory course exploring the fundamentals and history of various crafts. Students will utilize the elements and principles of design to create utilitarian and decorative handcrafts. Projects will include fiber/textile arts, ceramics, woodcrafts, mosaics, and papercrafts, involving a variety of tools and techniques. Historical background and cultural significance will be studied with each craft.


Painting is an entry level course that explores various painting techniques, media, aesthetic perceptions, and knowledge of historical developments in the arts.  The first half of the semester is painting from observation. The second is experimenting with different techniques to develop personal expression.

Darkroom Photography

Photography is intended to introduce the student to the process of seeing photographically through an exploration of the basic tools, techniques, art history, and aesthetics of 35 mm black and white photography.  A series of projects will be assigned to expose the student to ideas that have shaped the photographic world.

Digital Photography

This course will help the students become more well-rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: how cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, and how to use photo editing software using Photoshop.

AP Studio Art: Drawing and AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

These courses are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art.  Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate exploration in process, materials and synthesizing them with big ideas.