The Art Department of Veritas Preparatory Academy seeks to empower student with creative confidence through practicing art techniques, creative problem-solving, relevant vocabulary, and Western art history. Each semester, 7th to 10th grade students create three works of art in class and 25 drawings outside of class. Through art class, students gain important life-skills such as independent thought, confidence in their abilities, and perseverance to overcome failures.
In 7th grade, students are introduced to basic drawing skills through a variety of 2-D projects, such as still-life drawing, self-portraits, and abstract painting. Through these projects, they practice using materials such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, and acrylic paint, and learn about the Elements of Arts.
In 8th grade, students are exposed to forms of 3-D art such as papier, pottery, mask making, and recycled sculpture. Students learn how to make cross-curricular connections through themed projects with research components. They also acquire new vocabulary and an understanding of the Principles of Design.
In 9th grade, students learn about major moments in Western art history through themed projects, such as recreations of famous works of art, graffiti, and papier maché vases. Students practice visual literacy, or the ability to “read” the meaning of a work of art, by comparing and critiquing famous works of art.
In 10th grade, students practice advanced drawing techniques by learning about figure drawing, human anatomy, and self-designed projects. In this class, students are empowered to make their own choices and express themselves through designing and executing independent projects.