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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
3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits

Online Syllabi

2D ConceptsMark WalkerView Syllabus
AP Art HistoryElisabeth PalmerView Syllabus
AP Art HistoryMark WalkerView Syllabus
AP Art Studio & PortfolioDerek HortonView Syllabus
Art & Design FoundationDerek HortonView Syllabus
Art & Design FoundationsMark WalkerView Syllabus
Art and Design FoundationMike EastonView Syllabus
Art HistoryMark WalkerView Syllabus
Art History I & IIElisabeth PalmerView Syllabus
Digital Photography I & IIIDerek HortonView Syllabus
Drawing IMelchus DavisView Syllabus
Drawing IIJacqueline MaggiView Syllabus
Drawing IIMelchus DavisView Syllabus
Drawing III & IVMike EastonView Syllabus
Drawing IVMark WalkerView Syllabus
Graphic EffectsDerek HortonView Syllabus
Intro to Digital MediaDerek HortonView Syllabus
Painting IMelchus DavisView Syllabus
Painting IMike EastonView Syllabus
Painting II & IIIMike EastonView Syllabus
Printmaking IJacqueline MaggiView Syllabus
Sculpture IJacqueline MaggiView Syllabus
Sculpture IIJacqueline MaggiView Syllabus
Senior PortfolioMelchus DavisView Syllabus
Survey of World ArtNekisha DurrettView Syllabus