Visual Arts

Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking

Ryan Roth, Instructor


Katy Cassell, Instructor


Kelly King, Instructor


Armon Means, Instructor

2D and 3D Design

Donna Shank Major, Instructor

Art History

Rebecca Roth, Instructor

Fiber Arts

April Dauscha, Instructor


Acceptance to the Fine Arts Center is recognition of a student’s talent, special interest, and a desire to achieve in the arts. Students are accepted into the Visual Arts Program, not into specific classes. While we try to place students into the class that they request, the priority is to place students into classes that will strengthen their portfolio and balance our classes (typically 8-12 students). For instance, many first year students will be placed into our full-year 2D/3D Design class or our semester-long Design Topics.

Visual Arts classes in Ceramics, Design, Drawing/Painting/Printmaking, Fiber Arts, Metals, and Photography meet five days per week and are offered between 9:15–11:05 and 1:30–3:20. Generally, beginning year students attend our morning session, and advanced students attend the afternoon session. The interview/portfolio review process will help the faculty determine a student’s class placement. We encourage all Visual Arts students to enroll in Art History (12:30 – 1:20) either at the Honors or AP level and to join the FAC chapter of the National Art Honor Society. All students enrolled in their 2nd or 3rd year of Visual Arts MUST enroll in either Art History (AP or Honors Level); or AP Studio Art (2D, 3D, or Drawing). All seniors, new and returning, must complete a senior project.

New for next school year! The Visual Arts program will offer Fiber Arts. Students in this class will gain an understanding of a wide variety of fiber techniques to enable exploration of fiber as a material for artistic expression and design.

The Visual Arts curriculum at the Fine Arts Center requires a high degree of commitment and rigor. All students must have their portfolio reviewed to attend the Fine Arts Center. Current students must submit a portfolio and meet course requirements to return for multiple years.

At the Fine Arts Center, the arts are not only taught, but also practiced on a daily basis. Here, through the guidance of teachers (all of whom are practicing artists), students acquire a strong foundation in design and technique, on which they can build during a year–long (or multi-year) curriculum that enables them to express their artist voices with confidence. The Fine Arts Center offers a rigorous course of study, often requiring extra time, concentrated effort, and the maturity necessary to accept a critical examination of work.

Please explore the Fine Arts Center website to view examples of student artwork and for more information about the Visual Arts Department, faculty, and courses offered, and directions.

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