Fine Arts Department    
Cadet Throwing a Ceramic Pot
The Fine Arts Department at Benedictine develops the student as a creative thinker and confident problem solver.  

Benedictine offers a broad range of art electives including Introduction to Art, 2D media, 3D media, Advanced Ceramics, AP Ceramics, AP Studio Art Drawing, Photography, Advanced Photography, Graphic Design, Band and Drum Line.  The courses are set up in a paradigm to build creative thinking skills and mastery of technique.  We take pride in successfully teaching the boys how produce professional artwork.

Benedictine is blessed to have one of the finest art facilities in the region.  The annex building of our school has the main art room and ceramic lab.   Our ceramic lab includes 10 pottery wheels, a 16.5 cubic foot high/low fire kiln, a 7 cubic foot Raku kiln, and a complete safety air filtration system.  Our main building includes a black and white photography lab for film processing and paper printing.

Benedictine competes each year in several art competitions and gallery shows.  One of our 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 on a national level in New York.  Galleries the cadets have shown in include: Toad’s Place RVA, Barnes and Nobles, ArtWorks, and Art6 Gallery.  Each year we have an end of the year art show in May at the First Fridays Artwalk downtown.   

In order to stay active in the art community and offer exposure for inspiration, we have select 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).

Bass and snare ensure the Corps stays in step
The Drum Line and Band students learn all aspects of percussion instruments, while also supporting the Corps of Cadets during all marching activities. These include daily formations, special events, and Corps activities such as Homecoming and Veteran’s Day.
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. 
Elizabeth S. Scolaro
B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Rachel E. Siewers
B.S., James Madison University

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