Visual Art

The visual arts enable us to express emotion, intuition, form and idea without words. Through paintings, drawings, and other visual arts, humankind discovers and communicates the worlds of experience around us and inside of us. At Boston Trinity, we inspire our students both to appreciate and to make art. Not only do we train our students to develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of the visual elements, we also encourage them to become independent thinkers who will creatively and critically contribute to their culture through artmaking.


Middle School Visual Art Courses

Art 6: Art Around the World

In Art Around the World, students in the sixth grade explore the art of various cultures as well as personal definitions of art. In the process, students practice basic technical skills, preparing them for further study.

Art 7: The Elements of Art

In seventh grade, students examine the elements of art. They consider how these elements--Line, Color, Shape, Form, Texture, Value, and Space--are essential to create and understand a successful work of art. Students practice identifying these elements in the work of professional artists and consciously experiment with them in their own work. Students continue to build upon their technical skills, as they encounter various art mediums.

Art 8: Principles of Design

Students in the eighth grade focus on the principles of design. They learn to identify and reproduce these principles - Balance, Emphasis, Proportion, Unity and Rhythm - when creating works of their own or critiquing the work of other artists. Students practice manipulating the principles of design in order to express a specific idea in both 2D and 3D materials.


Upper School Visual Art Courses

Art 9: Foundations of Art - Exploring the Artist's Voice

Ninth grade students consider art as a story through the practice and application of foundational skills. They explore the work of artists, past and present, that directly correlates to topics of identity, self reflection, and social commentary. Throughout this exploration, students build up a repertoire of multiple art disciplines in order to develop work at a high school level.

Art 10: Exploration of Materials

Students enter tenth grade with a sound understanding of various art media. In previous courses they have practiced drawing, painting, hand building and collage. In this course, students fine tune their artistic skill set, explicitly referencing previous knowledge and experiences in their coursework. They further explore concepts of creativity and self-expression and confront the challenge to add original thought to their work. Moreover, they study printmaking as an art form.

Studio Art Elective

Boston Trinity’s ninth and tenth grade art courses or their equivalent are prerequisites for this class. In Studio Art the budding artist, yearning to express his or her distinctive ideas, finds the opportunity to develop from a practicing introductory artist to an intermediate or beginning/advanced artist. Studio art provides students with a variety of choice art materials and supportive instruction. The course also introduces students to important artists in the modern and contemporary art movements.

AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio

Students in AP Studio Art participate in a rigorous college level art study. Under the format of a Drawing or 2D Design portfolio. This course enables the advanced high school artist to further explore the arts at a college level. Under the instructor’s guidance, students spend the first half of the school year developing their artistic skills and ideas through a range of various art materials and projects. During the second half of the year, students produce works of art entirely inspired and created by the student under one cohesive theme called a “concentration”. Students submit an official AP Studio Art Drawing or 2D Design Portfolio to receive official AP credit.

AP Studio Art: 2D Design Portfolio

Students in AP Studio Art participate in a rigorous college level art study. Under the format of a Drawing or 2D Design portfolio. This course enables the advanced high school artist to further explore the arts at a college level. Under the instructor’s guidance, students spend the first half of the school year developing their artistic skills and ideas through a range of various art materials and projects. During the second half of the year, students produce works of art entirely inspired and created by the student under one cohesive theme called a “concentration”. Students submit an official AP Studio Art Drawing or 2D Design Portfolio to receive official AP credit.


Visual Art Faculty

Devon Etre

Devon Etre

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Tabitha Humeston

Tabitha Humeston

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