Fine Arts

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.


Fine Arts at a Military School?

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 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.

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.

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.

Fine Arts Course Offerings

Art 1 - Introduction to Art and Design

The student will study and apply the basic design elements and visual art vocabulary in class assignments. Included in the exploration of several media including painting, drawing and printmaking, will be the concerns of aesthetics, history and criticism. The student will become familiar with the standards of safety, quality of product, and use of tools and techniques to create spatial illusion.

Open to: Grades 9-12

Credits: 1

2D Media - Drawing, Painting and Printmaking

Emphasis in this class is placed on composition, selecting subject matter, and learning techniques and skills pertinent to various media. The class will experiment with a variety of media such as graphite, charcoal, ink, scratch board, pastels, various printing media, etc. Typical projects include life drawing, still life, portraits, working with photos and landscapes. Sketchbook homework and integration of history, aesthetics and criticism are part of this course.

Open to: Grades 10-12

Prerequisites: Completion of Art I and teacher recommendation.

Credits: 1

3D Media I and II - Sculpture, Ceramics

Students use basic design techniques to become proficient in the technical aspects of 3-dimensional design. Study of basic chronological history, paradigms, of sculpture and sculptors are included to provide an overview of this artistic field. This course provides instruction in basic sculpture and pottery, including hand building and wheel thrown clay vessels. Design skills and craftsmanship will be emphasized.

Open to: Grades 10-12

Prerequisites: Completion of Art I and teacher recommendation.

Credits: 1

Photography and Graphic Design

This course is offered to higher level art students who are interested in a specific area of visual arts- photography. In addition to developing technical skills, this course provides an art historical foundation for photography. Slide presentations, critiques and class discussion are an integral part of this course. Slide presentations, discussions, individual work, inquiry, the National Geography Convention and trips are an important curriculum of the advanced arts curriculum. The students are expected to devote a substantial amount of time outside of the class toward their work. The emphasis will be on creating a large number of works in black/white film and investigating the process of printing in-depth. Students are expected to develop their own themes and issues to explore in their photos. 20th century photography and current photojournalism will be taught to motivate the student artist. The portfolios will include: explorations of pin-hole camera, photojournalism, and computer graphics.

Open to: Grades 10-12

Prerequisites: Completion of Art I and teacher recommendation.

Credits: 1

Photography II

The students will first learn to use various image/manipulation programs. They will then learn to use these programs to visually communicate their ideas and be better prepared to compete in our ever-changing age of technology. Students will get an introduction and review of the fundamentals of design and color theory, in addition to a review of basic computer skills. This class will focus on creative problem solving as it pertains to fields of visual communication such as advertising, design, and commercial art.

Prerequisites: Art I, Photo I, and teacher recommendation.

Credits: 1

Advanced Placement Studio Art – 2D Media/3D Media

The student in this course will engage in advanced study in the medium of his choice as it pertains to the areas offered by the Advanced Placement testing service. This course is designed for those students who plan to attend art universities or schools and/or demonstrate a serious interest in the practical experience of art.

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

Credits: 1

Pipe and Drum Corps I

In the Drum Corp Course at Benedictine students will explore the essential building blocks of music (rhythm, melody, and harmony) using percussion instruments as their medium and learning tool. Along with forays into general music theory students will be introduced to basic music history and general music theory. In addition, percussion specific information, such as rhythm nomenclature, roll rudiments, paradiddle rudiments, flam rudiments, drag rudiments, mallet percussion technique, construction, maintenance, etc. will be disseminated. The Drum Corps will focus on marching cadences, drill and ceremony.

The Piping side of the Pipe and Drum Corps introduces the Cadets to the great Highland Warpipe. The course begins with a basic introduction to musical notation also a basic grasp of music theory, with the practice chanter being introduced almost immediately. The practice chanter is the most important tool any piper possesses. It allows him to practice his fingering and note reading anywhere and at any time. After the chanter becomes familiar, the pipes are introduced to the Cadets, and they begin the long difficult process of combining breathing techniques, bag regulation and chanter fingering.

Credits: 1

Pipe and Drum Corps II

This class is for second-year or advanced students to really hone the basic skills learned in the previous year. Nuances of both the pipes and the drums can be explored now that the gross movements have been mastered.

Prerequisites: Completion of Pipe and Drum Corps I and teacher recommendation.
Credits: 1

Pipe and Drum Corps III

This class is for third-year or advanced students to really hone the basic skills learned in the previous year. Nuances of both the pipes and the drums can be explored now that the gross movements have been mastered.

Prerequisites: Completion of Pipe and Drum Corps II and teacher recommendation.
Credits: 1

Pipe and Drum Corps IV

This class is for fourth-year or advanced students to really hone the basic skills learned in the previous year. Nuances of both the pipes and the drums can be explored now that the gross movements have been mastered.

Prerequisites: Completion of Pipe and Drum Corps III and teacher recommendation.
Credits: 1