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Visual Arts

"When you understand what you see, you will no longer be children."

- Whittaker Chambers, Witness

Students studying Visual Arts at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts learn the elements of art and visual design while also preparing academically for college and for life. They take courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, computer science, and printmaking. Whether they become professional artists or designers or not, Ellington students are exposed to historical and contemporary styles from different cultures to broaden their frames of reference and perspectives. They also learn about the role of art in a democratic society. In the process of visual arts training at Ellington, we work to enhance students’ self-confidence and artistic consciousness, so they become good citizens of the art world and of humankind.

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Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Drawing I Drawing II Drawing III Drawing IV
Sculpture I Painting I Printmaking AP Art History/ Art History
*2-Dimensional Concepts *Photography I Computer Graphics II  Portfolio
 *Art History *Computer Graphics AP Studio

Online Syllabi

Course Instructor Syllabus
2D ConceptsMark WalkerView Syllabus
AP Art HistoryMark WalkerView Syllabus
AP Studio ArtMelchus DavisView Syllabus
Art & Design FoundationsKimberly KingView Syllabus
Art & Design FoundationsMark WalkerView Syllabus
Art & Design FoundationsMike EastonView Syllabus
Art HistoryMark WalkerView Syllabus
Drawing IMelchus DavisView Syllabus
Drawing IMike EastonView Syllabus
Drawing IIKimberly KingView Syllabus
Drawing IIIMelchus DavisView Syllabus
Drawing III & IVMike EastonView Syllabus
Drawing IVMark WalkerView Syllabus
Painting IMelchus DavisView Syllabus
Printmaking IKimberly KingView Syllabus
Printmaking IIKimberly KingView Syllabus
Sculpture IKimberly KingView Syllabus