Our award-winning Upper School Visual Arts Program exposes you to an in-depth variety of artistic disciplines, including studio art, drawing, sculpture, photography, and painting classes. Our Curriculum includes an extensive study of art history, aesthetics, and art appreciation to fully develop your cultural appreciation and culminates with annual trips to local and regional museums and galleries. Our students’ work demonstrates clearly how passionate they are for their artistic interests, which is a direct reflection on our teachers’ dedication to creative instruction and freedom of expression.
Our basic course offerings at the Upper School level include Drawing, Painting, Studio Art, and Clay and Sculpture, which provide an introduction to basic techniques, materials, and media in light of the history of each discipline. Beyond our fundamental courses, Advanced Photography emphasizes composition, photo editing, and the creative aspects of photography, and Communication Arts challenges our highly motivated visual art students to expand their creativity and problem-solving skills in an organizational structure similar to an advertising agency with assigned areas of responsibility. The Art Forum workshop fosters a real-world sense of working in the field of advertising, marketing, and public relations, as students design and executes a full advertising campaign raising awareness on a teen-related issue. Students seeking the highest level of academic and artistic challenge take one of our AP Art Classes, including AP Art History, Pre-AP Studio Art, and AP Studio Art. Both AP Studio Art courses require art submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program, in addition to any portfolio submissions required by the College Board.
Visual Arts projects at Ursuline Academy strive to provide each student with a well-rounded learning experience that stresses “out of the box” problem-solving, provides public speaking experience, and addresses real world issues. Examples of student art collaborations include:
Sounds & Stripes
An integration of art and music, this annual project received personal acclaim and attention from famed stripe painter, Kenneth Noland.
The Great Painting Caper
Stolen works of art are reproduced and hidden around UA’s campus to engage all students. Robert Whitman, Founder of the FBI Art Crime team was a guest speaker at UA in 2015.
Needs for Sale service project
Executed by students as they “paint the needs” of places like Sojourner’s Place and Serviam Academy.
The Memory Project
“Thrive ®” Business Concept