Fine Arts

The studio, stage, and stands are our classroom.

At GHS, our Fine Arts program views every student as an emerging artist. The Arts are vital to the development of the whole child. The importance of the Arts is clear: while stimulating imagination and self-expression, the Arts hold a significant role in the development of critical thinking, responsible decision-making and cultural awareness. Students develop abilities and habits of mind that empower learning across curriculums. They will design, revise and reflect on their own work to solve aesthetic problems and analyze other's creative efforts. We strive to encourage the leader and artist in every child to help them comprehend and appreciate the importance of creativity in our global society.

Rigorous Fine Arts instruction produces self-motivated, adaptable, productive, lifelong learners, equipped for the challenges of the global workforce.


Teresa Williams

Crimson Chorus

Course Progression & Pathway Sequence

Course Descriptions

Visual Arts

Sarah Claussen, Dept.Chair

Clay Sayre

Wendy Medrano

Visual Arts Dept Site

Course Progression & Pathway Sequence

Course Description

The creative industries are a 29 billion dollar industry for Georgia’s economy, employing more than 200,000 artists, actors, dancers, musicians,and administrative staff.

Gainesville High School (GHS) is in year three participation with Georgia Department of Education’s Fine Arts Diploma Seal. The seal is awarded to graduating high school students who complete a Georgia Fine Arts Pathway and experiences that foster fine arts mastery. We hope to make this annual rite of passage, a meaningful opportunity and time to celebrate the successes of our young artists and performers.

The GHS Fine Arts Department is pleased to invite you to our annual presentation of Fine Arts Capstones in accordance with the Fine Arts Diploma Seal initiative by the Georgia Dept. of Education. Capstone presentations are implemented in the spring (April) of the senior year.

Requirements for the Diploma Seal:

  • 4 Courses Completed in the Fine Arts (3 from a concentrated area)

  • 10 Volunteer hours earned in an arts related opportunity

  • Min. of 2 extra-curricular activities in the art (performance or exhibition)

  • Presentation of a Fine Arts Capstone in April of Senior Year

Skills Developed in the Fine Arts

In addition to skills that are specific to careers in fine arts, you can also acquire general, transferable skills as a result of your studies. These skills can be applied to any careers that are, and are not, directly related you degree:

• The ability to develop individual ideas, think critically, collaborate with others

• Strong observational, research and analytical skills

• Creative problem solving

• The ability to learn from criticism and be objective about your work

• Adaptability to new influences and concepts

• The ability to meet deadlines

Fine Arts Careers

  • Actor

  • Advertising Illustrator

  • Aerial/Drone Photographer

  • Teacher of Fine Arts

  • Art Restoration

  • Architect

  • Architectural Illustrator

  • Art Critic, Director, or Editor

  • Art Historian

  • Art Therapist

  • Artist

  • Arts Advocacy

  • Arts Council Director

  • Band Director

  • Ceramicist

  • Book Illustrator

  • Choreographer

  • Cinematographer

  • Composer

  • Choral Director

  • Creative Director

  • Cultural Administrator

  • Digital Animator

  • Digital Artist

  • Ethnomusicologist

  • Fashion Designer

  • Fashion Illustrator

  • Fashion Merchandiser

  • Film Director

  • Film Editor

  • Floral Designer

  • Furniture Designer

  • Gallery Director

  • Gallery Curator

  • Graphic Designer

  • Historic Preservationist

  • Instrumental Musician

  • Interior Design

  • Interior Design Consultant

  • Jewelry Designer

  • Layout Designer

  • Lighting Designer

  • Lighting Technician

  • Landscape Designer

  • Makeup Artist

  • Multimedia Designer

  • Muralist

  • Music Advisor

  • Music Agent

  • Music Editor

  • Music Journalist

  • Music Specialist

  • Music Therapist

  • Music Video Director

  • Painter

  • Photo Editor

  • Photographer

  • Photojournalist

  • Police (Forensic) Artist

  • Re-Recording Mixer

  • Recording Engineer

  • Seamstress/Tailor

  • Scientific Illustrator

  • Sculptor

  • Set/Prop Designer

  • Singer

  • Sound Editor

  • Sound Effects Designer

  • Sound Technician

  • Special Effects Technician

  • Stage Manager

  • Story Editor

  • Studio Musician

  • Stylist

  • Textile Designer

  • Technical Illustrator

  • Technical Writer

  • Television Director

  • Theatre Director

  • Theatre Manager

  • Toy/Product Designer

  • University Professor

  • Urban Planner

  • Video Editor

  • Visual Effects Artist

  • Visual Merchandiser

  • Voice Coach

  • Voice Over Actor

  • Web Design

Marketing Yourself for Careers or Study in Fine Arts Develop a Portfolio

If you decide to pursue a career in a creative field of any kind, it is strongly recommended that you develop and maintain a portfolio of your best and most recent work, as it is extremely difficult to secure employment without one.

A good place to start the development of a portfolio is by building and collecting works while you’re in school. Get as much experience as you can working on school productions or art exhibits.

Speaking to teachers and professors to learn about both in-school and off-campus opportunities. But don’t limit yourself to these routes, you can also actively pursue opportunities outside of school to volunteer your services, as this is a great way to practice skills and add to your portfolio.