High School Visual Arts


Welcome to the SJHS Visual Arts!

The Saint Joseph High School Visual Art Department offers classes in creative self-expression and visual communication. These classes are designed to effectively teach students about the elements and principals of design through a balance of hands on studio time, Socratic critiques, art history, and community based projects and shows.

Our Visual Art Department also focuses on student exhibition, and community art experience no matter the art level of the student. We believe that the real-world experience of exhibiting and involvement is equally as important as the creation of art. Our students are very active year-round with exhibition as a primary and as an extracurricular goal.

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Course offerings include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Media
  • Art History
  • AP Studio (2D, 3D and Drawing.)

Our classes mainly focus on project-based experiences mixing the ideas of conceptual and physical design. Much of what we create is influenced from our class studies of different art movements, masters, and our visual culture around us.

Awards & Scholarships

For the last ten years SJHS has participated in the Scholastic Art and Writing Award shows. In this time, over 1,500 works have been submitted for show, winning over 100 Gold Key awards. The visual arts program has also won seven National Scholastic Awards and one American Visions Awards presented in New York City. Our students also participate in local shows and events sponsored by our ISD, City of St. Joseph, Krasl Art Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Art and The Box Factory for the Arts.

At St. Joseph High School, students may work to create a junior or senior portfolio. These portfolios are also submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and to the College Board as an Advanced Placement Portfolio. Portfolios are also created to earn college scholarships and also internships. Because of these rigorous efforts our SJHS students have earned over $1.2 million in college scholarship opportunities in the last ten years from institutions such as Columbia College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Michigan, Art Institutes (AI), Kendall, Alma College, Pratt, And College of Creative Studies, etc.

Our visual arts teachers welcome you to visit our classroom and experience what it is like to be a St. Joe Bear in the visual arts!


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