Visual Arts

The scope and sequence of visual arts education includes aesthetics, art criticism and the production of works of art.  A skill set which is important to today’s workforce is divergent thinking.  The visual arts provide the student an opportunity to decipher a visual problem from more than one point of view.  Creating an environment which is purposeful within the studio setting builds confidence within the student.  Analyzing their own work and their peers builds the student’s critical thinking skills.  Students will develop an appreciation for the visual arts and its relevance within our everyday lives.  The visual arts empowers today’s student to think independently, abstractly and creatively.  They learn how to employ their unique gifts to become thoughtful members of society in a social and spiritual context within God's community.

Mike Elson
is Chair of the Visual & Performing Arts Department. Kristen Rich teaches art and ceramics.

2D Design, Painting, Drawing, Graphic Design, and AP Studio Art

Mr. Elson's philosophy is based on building a strong foundation of basic design elements and principles along with an understanding of aesthetics. From this point it is crucial that the students then infuse their own individuality (voice) within each artwork.       

2D Design will begin with the aesthetics unit, which will open the students' eyes to the fact that there is not only one visual solution to an artist's initial inspiration. In Drawing, the curriculum is heavily based on production, and acquiring a higher level of technical skill through practice within the studio. AP Studio Art is an advanced level full-year course, where students will prepare for the practical experience of the visual arts at the college level.  College credits are obtained in AP Studio Art through the submission of a comprehensive portfolio of work. The two choices of portfolio offered are Drawing and 2D Design. In Graphic Design, students are made aware of how much we are surrounded by design. From products, to billboards, advertising, logos, web page design, posters, signs etc. It is my job to help them decipher these endless examples and to see beyond their shiny, blister-packed surfaces to the pure elements beneath. Adobe Illustrator will be our primary tool. In Painting, much like Drawing, the curriculum is heavily based on production; and acquiring a higher level of technical skill through practice within the studio.

3D Design, Sculpture and Ceramics

Have you ever looked at a sculpture and wondered, "How did they think of that?!" Do you like working with your hands and figuring out how to build things? Then a class in three-dimensional design might be just the class for you.

There are many offerings for students interested in three-dimensional art forms at The Prout School - from learning the basics in 3D Design, to furthering your artistic thinking in Sculpture and Ceramics.

3D Design is an introductory class (you may also take 2D Design to fulfill your introductory requirement). Here you will learn the principles of art and design, which are the building blocks for all the other visual arts classes at The Prout School. You will learn the basics of three-dimensional design by studying the work of famous sculpture artists throughout history and by creating your own three-dimensional designs.

In sculpture and ceramics classes, you will build upon your learning from the introductory class. Through these classes, you will have a variety of artistic experiences that will expand your skills and visual thinking.