Visual & Media Arts

At East Catholic High School, we have a long-standing tradition of excellence in visual and media arts. Our teachers love what they do and teach our comprehensive art curriculum with enthusiasm, professionalism, and authority.

Visual Arts

Students in all grades at ECHS enjoy our visual arts program. From the basic elements of art to advanced drawing courses, students learn a variety of techniques and to appreciate all styles.

Elements of Art
Students form a solid foundation by learning the major elements of art—line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space.

Principles of Design
Students use various mediums and techniques to explore the major principles of design—balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity. They draw upon four art disciplines: art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics.

Students learn technique, composition, value, line, and the illusion of form with a variety of mediums. Advanced students create a portfolio of their study.

Through the use of historical art references and experimentation with different painting media, students continue their studies of drawing, composition, and color to learn the skill of painting.

Our sculpture course allows students to express themselves through a range of three-dimensional mediums including paper, wire, plaster, and clay.

AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

Media Arts

East Catholic 10–12 graders enjoy our media arts program. We are proud to offer the following advanced courses at ECHS:

Digital Art and Design
Students produce and manipulate digital photographs and combine text and images to create advertisements for magazines or books.

Graphic Design
Students use various methods to create and combine symbols, images, and/or words to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

Digital Animation
Students learn the principles of animation to produce strong, authentic animations by learning to gain a sense of observation, timing, and motion. We push the boundaries of the imagination and familiarize students with storytelling.

Through hands-on, real-world exercises and projects, students gain an introduction into the environment of a contemporary video production workflow. The class progresses through all the key phases of video production including camera settings, lighting, and video production techniques.

Digital Photography
Students in this class discover an appreciation for photography as they gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles of digital photography. Students study the methods of portraying light from candid situations to creating dynamic studio landscapes as well as learn how to digitally edit and print their own photographs.