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Visual Arts

"You can touch them with your eyes."

- Pablo Picasso quoted by Paloma, his daughter

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 Painting II AP Art History/ Art History
2-Dimensional Concepts *Photography I Computer Design
*Photo techniques
3 Credits 3 Credits Minimum of 2 Credits Minimum of 2 Credits
CourseInstructorSyllabusUnit Overview
AP Art HistoryJocelyn Law-YoneView SyllabusOverview coming soon
AP Studio ArtMelchus DavisView SyllabusView Overview
Art & Design FoundationsJacqueline MaggiView SyllabusView Overview
Art & Design FoundationsDerek HortonView SyllabusOverview coming soon
Art & Design FoundationsMike EastonView SyllabusView Overview
Art History IDerek HortonView SyllabusOverview coming soon
Art History I & IITyrone ClemonsSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Art PortfolioMelchus DavisView SyllabusView Overview
Drawing IDerek HortonView SyllabusOverview coming soon
Drawing I & IIMelchus DavisView SyllabusView Overview
Drawing IIJacqueline MaggiView SyllabusView Overview
Drawing III & IVMike EastonView SyllabusView Overview
Intro to Digital MediaTyrone ClemonsView SyllabusOverview coming soon
Painting IMelchus DavisView SyllabusView Overview
Painting II & IIIMike EastonView SyllabusView Overview
Photography I & IITyrone ClemonsView SyllabusOverview coming soon
Printmaking IJacqueline MaggiView SyllabusView Overview
Printmaking IIJacqueline MaggiView SyllabusOverview coming soon
Sculpture IJacqueline MaggiView SyllabusView Overview
Sculpture IIJacqueline MaggiView SyllabusView Overview
Two-Dimensional ConceptsDerek HortonView SyllabusOverview coming soon


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