The Visual Arts program at Staples High School offers an extensive selection of courses in a variety of art media. All courses expand and build on the knowledge of formal art concepts and composition, as well as drawing from observation, creative problem-solving skills, communication, and personal expression. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of art media at the beginner and advanced levels, including 2-D, 3-D, and Digital Media Arts.
2-D Studio Art is an excellent foundation for every art course offered and vital to students who will pursue postsecondary studies at an art school or a career in art. These students are encouraged to begin their art studies as early in their high school career as possible to ensure adequate training for portfolio development. It is important that students explore a variety of art media in order to become well-rounded artists.
Students need a minimum of four semesters of art courses to enroll in AP Art & Design, at least three of which are in a specific medium (e.g., drawing, photo, ceramics).