Studio Art Program
The Studio Art Program at Beaumont is long established and unique to our region. A four year core studio art program for the talented student, our Studio Art Program enables students to study under the guidance of our faculty, who are all practicing artists, and an internationally recognized artist-in-residence, Stanka Kordic. This four-year program leads to the preparation of a portfolio for admission to art school or college programs in various art specialties and a senior exhibition similar to a BFA show. Students will develop skills in the areas of: Drawing, Design, Painting and Sculpture
The goals of the Beaumont Studio Art Program
- Understand and apply the elements of art and principles of design.
- Develop their own personal, creative language and be able to communicate ideas through their art.
- Practice critical analysis of their own works as well as the works of others.
- Gain a spiritual connection to their art and creative self.
- Interact with the greater arts community through gallery and museum visits and art competitions.
- Prepare work for exhibition and participate in the annual Fine Arts Review.
- As a senior, document their art and prepare a portfolio for art school and college application and scholarship purposes.
Required Course of Study
Studio Art I
In this course, the talented student is introduced to the basic techniques of drawing, painting and designs in order that she might discover her potential and enjoy the satisfaction of skilled forms of expression. The development of these introductory skills will enable her to move with assurance to the next level of the program.
Studio Art II
In the second year of the Studio Art Program, the talented student is encouraged to expand upon the basic concepts learned in Studio Art I. Drawing and design skills will continue to be developed as students are given increasingly more difficult drawing assignments and new drawing media such as pastel, charcoal watercolor, acrylic painting and artist bookmaking. Students will become acquainted with significant artists, styles and issues relevant to contemporary art. Individual expressiveness and growth in personal style will be encouraged. Increased emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of their own art works and the art work of others.
Studio Art III
In this upper level studio course, the talented art student is encouraged to expand upon the basic concepts learned in Studio Art I and II. Advanced techniques in painting and drawing are presented and challenging assignments present opportunities for problem solving. New media are introduced with a subject focus on portraiture and the human figure. Continued emphasis is placed on strengthening compositional skills. Individual expressiveness and growth in personal style are promoted through independent projects requiring self-direction and dedication to studio and extra-curricular performance.
Studio Art IV
The senior year course work for Studio Art includes the honors level Painting Seminar, honors level Sculpture Seminar and Senior Seminar. Painting Seminar explores advanced painting media and techniques with an emphasis on personal growth and expressiveness. The honors level Sculpture Seminar is a studio course which allows students to experience the challenges of 3-dimensional design and execution using various materials including clay and found objects, while applying the fundamental elements of composition learned through previous course work. The Senior Seminar course is an upper level studio course designed to allow the student to create a final masterwork and to provide the opportunity to mount a professional quality exhibition.
Incoming freshmen must complete the Studio Art Application. This application can be found in the Curriculum Guide or on the school website.
FA110/111- STUDIO ART I
This is an introductory studio course for talented students interested in participating in the art studio program. In this class the emphasis will be on drawing and the foundations of composition and design.
1 credit – open to grades 9, 10, and 11
Prerequisite: a completed art application turned in with the course registration form (see addendum for application form)
*This course is strongly recommended for students planning a college art major or an art-related career
i.e., fashion, interior design, illustration, etc.
FA210/211- STUDIO ART II
This course is intensification and broadening of the STUDIO ART I experience. Design and compositional skills and principles continue to be stressed, with an emphasis on new media, including charcoal, pastel, acrylic painting and printmaking.
1 credit - open to grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: successful completion of STUDIO ART I and recommendation of Studio Art I Instructor.
*This course is strongly recommended for students planning a college art major or an art-related career i.e., fashion, interior design, illustration, etc.
FA310/311 - STUDIO ART III
This is an advanced level art course built on the foundation of Studio Art I and II. Problems in portraiture and the human figure will be presented, with an emphasis on drawing, oil painting, charcoal, pastel media and projects in advanced composition
1 credit - open to grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: successful completion of STUDIO ART II and recommendation of Studio Art II Instructor.
*This course is strongly recommended for students planning a college art major or an art related career i.e., fashion, interior design, illustration, etc.
FA420 - HONORS ART IV: PAINTING SEMINAR
This senior art major quarter seminar will explore a variety of painting problems using oil and acrylic paints on canvas, prepared canvas board and a found object support. The focus is on painting and the individual pursuit of media and subject matter through independent problem solving. For a list of supplies needed for the class, click here.
0.5 credit – open to Grade 12
Prerequisite: successful completion of STUDIO ART III and recommendation of previous