Visual Arts

Student Gallery


Artsonia is an online art gallery that features the artwork of students from around the world. Cor Jesu is pleased to be a part of this gallery experience. Artwork from students in all the art classes is available for viewing by clicking here. In addition to viewing student artwork, friends and family can join a student artist's fan club, make comments about artwork, or purchase items from the gift shop that feature the student's artwork. The money generated through Artsonia goes toward the purchase of art supplies at Cor Jesu. 
Thank you for supporting the arts!

Interested in a Career in the Visual Arts?

The information provided below is taken from A Career Guide for Studio Art Majors provided by the University of Texas at Austin. To read the entire article, click here.
Visual artists generally fall into one of two broad categories: designers or fine artists. Designers put their artistic skills to use in the service of commercial clients such as corporations, retail stores, and advertising, design, or publishing firms. Fine artists create art to satisfy their need for self-expression, and may display their work in galleries, museums, and homes. Often, they specialize in one or more forms of art such as painting, sculpting, printmaking, or photography.


Specific skills developed by artists depend to some degree on their creative interests. However, many of the skills learned are transferable to a variety of sectors and jobs. For example, understanding formal elements such as color, line, and space is important for an art teacher, museum curator, display designer, or independent artist.  Click on each list below to see what skills are important if you are considering a career in the Visual Arts.

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  • Artistic

    Artistic Skills
    • Seeing, drawing, and understanding form
    • Relating abstract ideas and visual forms
    • Mastering the use of color, space, and line
    • Utilizing theories of composition
    • Thinking creatively
    • Visualizing shapes and spatial relationships
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  • Communication

    Communication Skills
    • Communicating visually
    • Criticizing, evaluating, and explaining works of art
    • Collaborating with others
    • Interpreting data or verbal instructions to produce art work
    • Presenting and displaying work
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  • Problem Solving

    Problem Solving Skills
    • Taking multiple approaches to problems
    • Utilizing available Resources
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines
    • Adapting techniques
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  • Technical

    Technical Skills
    • Knowing the qualities and limitations of each medium
    • Working with a variety of media
    • Attaining a high level of craftsmanship
    • Good finger and manual dexterity
    • Working independently
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Job Titles

These job titles are examples of some of the ways in which Art majors have applied their skills and abilities. In general, an advanced degree is required for those occupations marked with a * on the following list:

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  • Job Titles

    Billboard artist/sign painter
    Gallery owner/operator
    Museum publications director
    Web-page designer
    Art teacher
    Arts fundraiser
    Book/CD cover designer
    Art director
    *Art librarian
    Arts council director
    Picture framer
    *Art therapist
    Community arts center director
    Greeting card artist
    Museum education coordinator
    *Medical illustrator
    Visual merchandiser
    Grants specialist
    *Museum curator
    Police/courtroom artist
    Layout artist
    Audio-visual specialist
    *Historical preservation coordinator
    Art appraiser
    Art critic/reporter
    Exhibit designer
    Scenic artist (film/theatre)
    Corporate art consultant
    Mural artist
    Arts & humanities council director
    *Arts lawyer
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Visual Arts Curriculum

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  • FA100 Introduction to the Fine Arts

    Grade 9 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    This course is an introduction to the three major areas of the fine arts: music, art, and theatre. Included with music reading, studio art, and basic theatre training will be theory, history, and techniques in each field.
  • AR100 Drawing I

    Grades 10-12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    Drawing is the foundation course for all artistic disciplines. This course is designed for students who are interested in improving their drawing skills. Projects that focus on the recognition of spatial relationships, perspective and value are part of the course curriculum. Various drawing techniques such as linear perspective, crosshatching and modeling are introduced. Students begin by working in a variety of black and white media and move into the use of color media in the second quarter. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement. This course is a prerequisite for Painting and Independent Study in Art. Students who may be interested in studying art or design at the college level should take Drawing I in their sophomore year in order to take full advantage of the visual arts curriculum.

    Prerequisite: Fine Arts

  • AR102 Design I

    Grades 10-12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    Design is fundamental. Because everything around us is designed, design decisions impact nearly every part of our lives. This foundation course focuses on an understanding of the elements and principles of design. Problem solving skills, along with a variety of media (pencil, marker, paint, and cut paper) and techniques (form construction and printmaking) will be utilized in the execution of class assignments. Various aspects of design and their impact on daily life and culture will be discussed. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement Students who are considering the study of engineering, marketing, or architecture should consider taking Design I

    Prerequisite: Fine Arts
  • AR106 Ceramics I

    Grades 10-12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    This course introduces students to the art medium of clay. A variety of handbuilding methods will be explored as students work through the process of ceramic production. Additionally, students will research the pottery of various cultures and current trends in the ceramic arts. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement

    Prerequisite: Fine Arts
  • AR210 Painting

    Grades 10-12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1
    In Painting, students will utilize both acrylic paint and watercolor, exploring the unique characteristics of each medium. The color wheel, color schemes and color theory will also be introduced. Various painting techniques will be utilized in the execution of class projects. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

    Prerequisite: Fine Arts and Drawing I
  • AR400 Independent Study in Art

    Grade 11-12 Level 4.3 ½ Credit Sem 1
    This is a junior or senior level course for students with a strong interest in the Visual Arts. Students will work independently in any or all of the areas of drawing, painting, ceramics, and design. Students will be given a variety of project ideas for consideration, or they may choose to develop projects of their own. Course objectives include continued development of artistic skills, experimentation with a variety of media, and application of creative expression in the execution of projects. This course is also designed to help students prepare a portfolio for college acceptance and scholarship consideration.

    Students taking this course are not required to take AP Studio Art; however, it is a prerequisite if a student is planning to take AP Studio Art.

    Prerequisite: Drawing I and either Design I, Ceramics I, or Painting I and departmental signature

  • AR402 AP Studio Art

    Grade 11-12 Level 4.8 ½ Credit Sem 2
    This is a junior or senior level course for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and who wish to complete and submit a portfolio for AP credit in Studio Art. The program demands a significant commitment from students including the completion of artwork during the summer between the junior and senior year. Additionally, students will be required to take Independent Study in Art in the first semester prior to taking AP Studio Art. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

    Students choose from one of the three portfolio offerings: Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design. Each portfolio requires submissions in three distinct areas; concentration, quality and breadth. The submitted portfolios are reviewed by college, university, and secondary school art instructors using rigorous standards. This College Board program provides the only national standard for performance in the visual arts that allows students to earn college credit and/or advance placement while still in high school.

    Prerequisite: Independent Study in Art in semester 1 and departmental signature
  • AR405 ACP Ceramics II

    Grades 11-12 Level 4.8 ½ Credit Sem 2
    Students continue to explore and develop a variety of handbuilding techniques. Combining other media with ceramic pieces and increased experimentation with surface treatments will be part of the course curriculum.

    Students will continue to research examples of historic, cultural and contemporary ceramic pieces. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

    Prerequisite: Ceramics I
  • AR410 ACP Design II

    Grades 11-12 Level 4.8 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    UM-St. Louis COURSE: Art 1150 Design I (3 credits) This course is a continuation of Design I. Students will further develop their visual literacy using a variety of materials in both two and three-dimensional applications. Some elements of Graphic Design will be introduced using the Adobe CS3 Suite of applications that include Photoshop®, InDesign® and Illustrator®. Students also design and construct a 3-D architectural model. Group critiques follow the completion of each project assignment. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

    Prerequisite: Design I
  • AR420 ACP Drawing II

    Grades 11-12 Level 4.8 ½ Credit Sem 1 or 2
    UM-St. Louis COURSE: ART ST 1140 Drawing I (3 credits) The Drawing II course is a continuation of Drawing I in which students continue to practice and improve drawing skills. Greater emphasis will be placed on drawing from direct observation. Effective compositional arrangement and personal expression will also be incorporated into the drawing experience. A variety of both black and white and color media will be used in the execution of projects. Group critiques follow the completion of each project assignment. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

    Students interested in developing a portfolio are encouraged to take this class.

    Prerequisite: Drawing I