Visual Arts Programs
We view the visual arts as a form of communication, self-reflection, and expression. As our students grow and develop, it is our goal to offer experiences that allow our students to be fully involved in the process of art making through the exploration of a large variety of media and methods. We are also concerned with developing visual literacy as our students learn about art elements and principles, cultural heritage, art history and aesthetic valuing. Essential components in our visual arts curriculum are developing creative thinking and technical skills. Curriculum planning in the visual arts also supports and enhances the school wide curriculum.
The Visual Arts faculty recognizes and values the creative spirit, an essence at the core of all humanity. Through our courses and classes, students will discover their artistic abilities, develop an on-going knowledge of elements and principles, and experience confidence in self-expression. Heritage, aesthetic criticism, and skills in art-making are inherent throughout the visual art program. Students will develop greater awareness of personal potential, communicate thoughts and feelings through a variety of media, and better perceive and appreciate the world in which they live.
Upper School Visual Arts Courses
Clay Hand Building
Film as Art: The Study and Production of American Cinema
(1 year elective course for Upper School students)
AP Art History
AP Studio Art (2D-Design)
AP Studio Art (3D-Design)
AP Studio Art (Drawing)
St. Margaret's offers Visual Art classes for all grades 6 and 7 students.
Three Dimensional Visual Art and Two Dimensional Visual Art are offered as electives for grade 8.
St. Margaret's Middle School produces an annual Yearbook.
Students in the Lower School experience Visual Art enrichment, one day a week, with Lower School art teacher.
Extra projects and after-school programs are available, including the cross-curricular mural project with Christian Life Skills.
The Visual Arts program in Preschool emphasizes creativity and exploration at this level with an introduction to paint, collage, clay and 3-D construction. Creative exploration of materials is available in the dedicated Preschool Art Room each day and staffed by a full-time art teacher. Open-ended art activities are offered daily in the classrooms.
St. Margaret's Visual Arts students participate in the annual Coffee House Cabaret, a combined Visual and Performing Arts event in February. Student artwork is on display around campus throughout the year and during the interactive Artists as Change-makers event in the spring. There are large-scale Visual Arts shows on campus: the annual K-12 Student Art Show showcasing over 200 pieces of student work in tandem with the Coffee House Cabaret, the Senior Art Show, and two grade 8 art shows. Every spring for Grandparents and Special Friends Day, all 400 Lower School students create a community-themed piece of art to display.
St. Margaret's visual art students regularly participate in the Color It Orange (Orange County) art competition, the Orange County Imagination Celebration and the Junior Art Exhibit at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts.