Fine Arts Department    
 
Cadet detailing a Ceramic Pot
The Fine Arts Department at Benedictine develops the student as a creative thinker and confident problem solver. Students are prepared not only for art classes at the collegiate level but, for any career path chosen by providing them with a truly well rounded liberal arts experience.

Benedictine offers a broad range of art electives including Introduction to Art, 2D Media, 3D Media, AP Ceramics, AP Studio Art Drawing, Photography, Advanced Photography, Graphic Design, as well as band electives for Pipe and Drum Line.  The courses are set up to build skills in originality and mastery of technique, while incorporating art history.  We take pride in successfully teaching the students how produce professional artwork.

Benedictine is blessed to have one of the finest art facilities in the region.  The school has a main art room, ceramic lab, fully functioning darkroom, and computer graphics lab.  The main art room is equipped to explore all 2D media from printmaking to spray paint to oil painting. Our ceramic lab includes 10 pottery wheels, a 16.5 cubic foot high/low fire kiln, a 7 cubic foot Raku kiln, work stations for hand building ceramics, and a complete safety air filtration system.  We are equipped to explore many forms of sculpture from wood to wire to plaster. Our main building also includes a darkroom for black and white film processing and paper printing.  Our computer lab provides an environment where students work with Photoshop and explore the graphic arts.

Benedictine competes each year in several art competitions and gallery shows.  One of the main competitions is Scholastics Art and Writing Competition.  We have consistently placed each year with students winning silver and gold keys.  Our gold key winners in ceramics were able to compete at the national level in New York. Galleries Cadets have shown artwork include: Toad’s Place RVA, Barnes and Nobles, ArtWorks, and Art6 Gallery. 

In order to stay active in the art community and offer exposure for inspiration, we have field trips throughout the year.  Places we have traveled include: Washington DC (National Portrait Gallery, Horshhorn Museum, The National Gallery, The Botanical Gardens, and The Freer Gallery), New York City (The MOMA, The MET, and The Guggenheim), and Philadelphia (Rodin Museum and The Philadelphia Museum of Art). 

Every year students from Benedictine College Preparatory have been accepted to and attended art colleges and universities including Virginia Commonwealth University, Savannah College of Art and Design, New York University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Maryland Institute College of Art. Many of whom have received partial and full scholarships to attend college university. Even students who have not chosen to major or minor in art have been commissioned for their photography and paintings, due to the art background received at Benedictine College Preparatory.

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