Where Art, Design, and Passion Come to PlayThe Visual Arts program encourages our students the freedom of self-expression and growth through an exploration of the arts. We strive to inspire and cultivate creative thinkers through inventive projects that support self-reflection and problem-solving. The 2D and 3D Track courses give our 10th and 11th graders the chance to explore the elements and principles of the visual arts in a variety of media. Whereas the Senior Art Studio course inspires appreciation and application of some of the world’s most influential art throughout the ages and how it's relevant to today's culture.
It is our mission to offer engaging course options that are relevant to students, industry traditions, and innovations while fostering artistic practices that cultivate employable skills for all students.
• Foundation: Ideal for beginners
• Specialized: Great for learning a new artistic skill
• Honors: Perfect for aspiring professional artists
Introduction to Art (Foundation Level)
In the first year of Visual Arts, our freshmen will acquire a basic foundation in understanding and producing original works of art through applying the elements and principles of art and design. Students explore a combination of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) projects applying basic art theory concerning aesthetics and conceptual development. Emphasis on exploration of a variety of media provide a broad exposure to the Visual Arts.
Illustration & Design (Foundation Level)
In this 2D track, our sophomores get to explore narrative art through drawing and painting: colored pencil rendering, pen and ink illustration, acrylic, watercolor, ink, collage, and mixed media. Students learn to implement line, shape, color, space, texture, and value in relationship to compositional study. To give context, students will explore relevant contemporary illustrators and designers.
Pottery (Foundation Level)
In this first 3D course, our sophomores get to explore both hand-building and wheel-throwing methods of clay work. Projects examine space, volume, mass, and form with emphasis on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Students will gain mastery of basic techniques and an understanding of the firing process.
Fiber Arts & Jewelry (Specialized Level)
In this second 3D course, our sophomores will create art that focuses on bridging 2D and 3D techniques. Fiber processes include sewing, embroidery, weaving, fabric printing, paper-making, batik, or mixed media. Jewelry processes include wire-working, beading, cording, and pearling. Students will focus on mastering new techniques while studying contemporary mixed media art.
Painting & Drawing (Foundation Level)
This 2D track is offered to our juniors who previously enrolled in Intro to Art as freshmen and/or Illustration & Design as sophomores. Students learn drawing, painting, mixed media, and printmaking as they strengthen observational and life rendering skills. Students explore personal meaning through representational and abstract work. Materials include charcoal, ink collage, watercolor, acrylic, and oil.
Sculpture (Foundation Level)
Students explore building 3D forms using media such as wood, wire, recycled materials, found objects, plaster, cardboard, and polymer clay. Students draw inspiration from contemporary 3D artists. Projects emphasize problem solving, creativity, and craftsmanship.
Digital Illustration (Specialized Level)
This this specialized course our juniors learn to draw and paint digitally using relevant software and tools. Each project explores traditional drawing prior to moving to the digital realm. Assignments cultivate illustration skills such as visual problem-solving, rendering, and drawing, while exploring the digital possibilities to execute a piece of art.
Printmaking (Specialized Level)
This this course our juniors explore a wide range of printmaking methods including monoprint, collagraph, etching, screen printing, woodblock, and lithography. Projects emphasize creative problem solving, and experimentation and students draw inspiration from printmakers throughout art history.
Senior Art Studio (Foundation Level)
In the final year of Visual Arts, our seniors get the opportunity to explore a variety of media, concepts, and issues. Through the lens of contemporary artworks, students create their art with emphasis on creative expression and learning new techniques in a traditional studio environment.
Photojournalism (Specialized Level)
In this course our seniors get to explore the significance of photography and its ability to capture history, emotion, and visual narrative. Using their smartphones, students learn photography fundamentals such as light, exposure, and composition, with a focus on visual storytelling. Throughout the course, students will create a digital archive that captures the excitement, energy, and events of their final year at BVT.
Integrated Shop Art (Specialized Level)
In this specialized course our seniors explore the connection between their shop and artistic aesthetic. Building on shop skills with an emphasis on design thinking, students engage in a semester-long independent-study project that can be used for their shop portfolio. Students will learn how to integrate studio thinking to bridge art and shop techniques into one meaningful project. All shops welcome.
Honors Art School Prep
This advanced course is for our seniors who show a serious interest in applying to an undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Students develop a body of artwork through in-class and at-home studio time. They will harness their artistic process through observational and conceptual projects. Special topics include art school options, art careers, college requirements, and scholarships. Students also hear from visiting artists and colleges.
Meet Our Teachers
Our Visual Art teachers are talented,
creative individuals who know their
subject intimately, but most importantly,
care deeply about our students.
BVT in the News: Congratulations to
Annabelle O'Reilly on painting an interactive
wing mural in her hometown. Looking for
a peaceful place to walk? Take a stroll in
the Hopedale Parklands. Look for the mural,
strike a pose, snap a picture, and
share with us your wings.Announcements
Want to explore your creative side and play
with a mix of art techniques and mediums?
Join our Art Club. We meet on Tuesdays and
Thursdays after school in the art studio.
Surround yourself with like-minded
people and form long-lasting friendships
with other young artists.