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Visual Arts

The visual arts program at St. David's seeks to instill in our students a love of art. From pre-kindergarten through grade 12, students are given the opportunity to experience different aspects of visual arts – from 2-D and 3-D design to drawing, photography, sculpture and painting.

Students’ works have won awards in local competitions and have been displayed in various venues, including our own exhibitions. Artwork has also been on exhibit at community events such as First Friday, the North Carolina State Fair, and other gallery displays.

Visual Arts Curriculum

Lower School Visual Arts Curriculum

Meeting once a week for 45 minutes, Lower School art classes provide a curriculum rich in art experiences that are relevant to the young artist’s life and age level. Lessons are discipline-based, incorporate appreciation of well-known art, and are often coordinated with topics studied in the regular classroom. Students are introduced to a variety of media and techniques, challenged to increase their skills, and gain confidence in their ability to express themselves successfully in art.

Lower School art students participate in the following events throughout the year:

  • North Carolina State Fair Visual Art Competition
  • Fall Sidewalk Chalking Competition
  • Original Works Fundraiser (offering each student’s artwork on memorable gifts)
  • Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s Day
  • International Night

Middle School Visual Arts Curriculum

Middle School Visual Arts offers an elective that students take four days a week for one semester. Beginning in 5th grade, the emphasis is on art appreciation with students creating works of art that reflect different time periods in history. In 6th through 8th grade, the elements of art and principles of design are used as a framework for students to create works using a variety of media and applied techniques.

Middle School art students participate in the following classes and events throughout the year:

  • Art 5, 6, 7, 8
  • North Carolina State Fair Visual Art Competition
  • Fall Sidewalk Chalking Competition
  • St. David's Spring Juried Art Show
  • St. David's Celebration of the Arts

For more information about our Middle School fine arts curriculum, please visit our course listing

Upper School Visual Arts Curriculum

Visual Arts in the Upper School provides students opportunities to explore a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional areas of study. Students explore materials through a combination of experimentation and specialized techniques. Advanced Techniques in Art and AP Studio Art are additional class options for the student who seeks to further his or her understanding of conceptual problem solving through innovative techniques and media.

Upper School art students can experience the following course offerings and events through the year:

  • Foundations in Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Ceramics/Pottery
  • Ceramic Sculpture
  • Advanced Techniques in Art
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP Art History
  • Media Production
  • North Carolina State Fair Visual Art Competition (earning 2nd Place in 2009 and 1st Place in 2011)
  • National Portfolio Days
  • Private gallery exhibit featuring AP student art
  • St. David's Celebration of the Arts
  • St. David's Spring Juried Art Show

For more information about our Upper School fine arts curriculum, please visit our course listing