Visual Arts

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Photo of students at BHS-TV anchor desk
bhs visual arts

The ability to develop and execute creative solutions prepares all students to reach their unique potential in a rapidly changing and increasingly visual world.

Our Barrington High School visual arts classes engage students with industry standard equipment and teachers who are practicing artists and experts in specific mediums.

Students develop the sophisticated skills needed to communicate ideas visually and creatively both in the classroom and throughout their lives. All learning is centered on the National Core Arts Standards and The Studio Habits of Mind which provide hands on creative experiences, with an emphasis on students creating, presenting, responding and connecting.


2-Dimensional Visual Arts

2-D classes in Drawing/Painting, Printmaking, Digital and Darkroom Photography, Drawing/Painting, Graphic Design, Digital Arts, and  Studio Television Production (BHS-TV) are multi-level courses with an emphasis on process, composition, technique, and concept. Assignments are designed to encourage individual creativity and empower each student to develop a unique artistic voice.


3-Dimensional Visual Arts

BHS offers students a variety of 3D art choices, among which are Ceramics, Design/Sculpture, Metal Jewelry Arts, and Woodworking. Independent study may be requested by seniors who have successfully completed the fourth level of a given studio, and wish to study intensely in that medium.

AP Visual Arts

Students may apply to any AP Art class they are interested in during the winter of their sophomore year. Incoming seniors who intend to enroll in the Advanced Placement Art Portfolio program (2D Photography Design , 3D Design, or 2D Drawing/ Painting) must enroll in a year-long AP Studio course as well as an additional art class each semester. AP Studio students create a body of related works which reflect an in-depth exploration of a specific visual idea.

Advanced Placement Art History is available to juniors and seniors upon teacher recommendation, visual art or other BHS faculty.  AP Art History may take the place of a second studio class for continuing AP studio seniors.