We offer Painting I, Painting II and Advanced Studio Art for students who wish to learn how to express themselves on canvas. Our art teachers challenge students to experiment with color and different mediums and tackle difficult projects to improve their skill. As a result, Notre Dame Prep has produced some amazing artists whose quality of work defies their age. For the past two years, our advanced painters have participated in the Memory Project: where they paint portraits of refugee children in poor countries, then Memory Project volunteers deliver them for the children to keep.
Reinterpreting the Masters
The students in our painting classes receive a broad education studying the works of the "old masters" such as Rembrandt and Picasso to the latest in color and marketing trends.
NDP students are introduced to the universal basic elements of art, and principles of design while developing their drawing skills. Students have a chance to explore a variety of mediums to practice strong drawing models and rendering realistic drawing techniques. Emphasis is placed on learning how to create strong value, line, texture, space, volume, and composition within their individual artwork. Art mediums used include pencil, charcoal, colored pastel, pen and ink, and watercolor. We offer Drawing I and Drawing II. See our Course Description Guide for more information.
Putting pencil to empty paper is difficult at first, but once their image comes to life, our students experience the joy of creating something out of nothing. They see their drawing begin to show expression and emotion.
Ceramics and Mosaic Art
Students in this class will be given an introduction to the nature, functions, and techniques of pottery as an art form. Through a brief study of history, students will learn to view and appreciate the role of pottery in society, both past and present. Students will learn the basic terminology and tools of pottery as well as learn the three hand-building techniques used to create both functional and decorative works in clay.
As God is the ultimate potter and we are His clay, our students can experience a taste of the joy Our Father enjoys when they create pieces are 3-dimensional art working with clay, ceramic and a potter's wheel to make something they love.