Visual Arts

Overview
Under the direction of Patty Steponovich, our Visual Arts program provides visual art students an avenue for true artistic expression while immersing the students in techniques and methodologies that cover a vast array of artistic movements and styles. Ms. Steponovich’s approach to art instruction allows young artist to learn various techniques while still allowing their own artistic voice to be seen in their creations. The Visual Art program allows students of all skill levels to develop their own artistic style and voice. All classes take at least one Study Trip to either the Getty Center or the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the winter of 2020 St. Anthony High School’s Academy for the Arts had the distinct honor of having 5 of their students’ works chosen to be displayed in a year-long exhibition at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. These five artists we recognized in a special Mass that celebrated their wonderful Achievement.


New for the 2020-2021 school year, the St. Anthony Academy for the Arts will be offering one new AP course. The addition of AP 2D Art and Design will allow artists that are interested in pursuing art at the collegiate level the ability to take their art studies to a higher level while still being enrolled in high school.


If you have any questions about the Visual Art program please contact Patty Steponovich at patty.steponovich@longbeachsaints.org.

 

Visual Arts Courses:

AP 2D Art and Design
Grade: 11, 12                              Prerequisites: Exploring Art I


The AP Art and Design program consists of three different courses and AP Portfolio Exams—AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing—corresponding to college and university foundations courses. Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate inquiry through art and design and development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year. Portfolios include works of art and design, process documentation, and written information about the work presented. In May, students submit portfolios for evaluation based on specific criteria, which include skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas and sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision, guided by questions. 

 

3D Design
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12             Prerequisites: None 


This course deals with art in its 3-Dimensional form. A variety of medius will be explored, which may include textiles, ceramics, paper mache’, wire sculpture and others. Students will participate in a wide range of experiences using additive or subtractive sculptural techniques designed to build artistic and creative confidence.

 

Exploring Art I 
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12            Prerequisites: None 


This course is an introduction to art for all students. Emphasis is placed on developing basic drawing and painting skills, and techniques. A variety of media will be used including drawing pencils, pastels, watercolors, collage, and acrylic paint. The fundamentals of composition as found in the elements and principles of design will be used when drawing and painting from life and imagination, using realistic and abstract themes. Students will learn about different influential artists and will learn to research, write, and create pieces of art using the influences of previous artists and their personal experiences. There will be field excursions to museums and a transportation cost will be collected prior to each excursion.

 

Exploring Art II 
Grade Level: 11, 12                 Prerequisites: Exploring Art I 


This course builds on the skills acquired in Exploring Art I. This is a courses for students who are serious about developing higher level art skills and may be considering studying art in college. Strong drawing skills are necessary to succeed in this class. There will be field excursions to museums and a transportation cost will be collected prior to each excursion.