Courses in the visual arts program range from Arts Appreciation to a four-year sequence for students interested in studying art in college. Traditional media and techniques including pencil, charcoal, and acrylic are explored, as well as new media accessed in our state-of-the-art graphics imaging lab.
Visual Arts courses offered for freshman:
- Design for Art and Engineering (new for 2016)
- Studio in Art
- Arts Appreciation
Electives offered after freshman requirement fulfilled:
- Basic Drawing
- Basic Painting
- Digital Illustration (new for 2016)
- Graphic Design
- Three Dimensional Design
- Introduction to Photography
- Digital Video Arts
AP Studio in Art Portfolio: additional option for advanced students to earn college credits.
Note: Each student within the visual arts program creates a portfolio of work, often used to gain admission and/or scholarship to secondary art schools (such as RIT, FIT, UB, and Pratt). Check out
some of our students' recent work.
: Open to all students, art club meets weekly for various workshops, field trips, and projects. Much of the work in Art Club is led by our Artists in Residence
, offering valuable learning experiences for all who attend.
Exhibiting opportunities: Students exhibit throughout the year at school and in the community, culminating with St. Joe's juried spring art show. Advanced students also participate in the Annual Daemen College Western New York All-High Art Exhibit, The University of Buffalo High School Art Exhibit, the Young Curator's Program & Exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, as well as in various contests as they arise. Our students have won awards in the Annual Buffalo News Cartoon Contest, the Annual Chalk Walk at the Lewiston Art Festival, and the Taste of Buffalo poster contest.