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Art at the High School Level

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The art program at Shaker High School continues the goal of assisting students to develop their appreciation for and understanding of the various art disciplines and the contributions of art in our society. The course offerings include a wide range of exciting full year and half year courses, many of which can be taken a second time on an advanced level if a student scores an 85 or higher. The department is proud to offer rich courses that are aligned within distinct strands of study: 2-dimensional design, 3-dimensional design, digital media arts and art history.

The recommended foundation level course is Studio Art, in which students develop their skills in a variety of media and hands-on applications, as well as learn art history, art criticism, and strategies for personal expression. A number of advanced level art courses may be taken for college level credit, and field trips to metropolitan museums and galleries of art are part of the advanced level courses.

Annually, students in the art program have opportunities to exhibit their work in a variety of locations, and participate in career oriented applications through relevant project work.  Shaker High School Art students annually are highly successful in regional juried competitions and film and media arts festivals.

Art in 3 Dimensions Regional Juried HS Exhibit

Click here to see the 11 SHS students artwork that was selected to appear in the 2018 annual Juried Regional Sculpture Show, sponsored by the Capital Area Art Supervisors.


Full Year Courses

Studio Art
Drawing & Painting
Advanced Studio 1
Advanced Studio 2
Advanced Studio 3
Advanced Digital Arts
AP Art History

Half Year Courses

2 Dimensional Studies
Painting & Advanced Painting
Fashion Illustration & Advanced

3 Dimensional Studies
Sculpture & Advanced Sculpture
Ceramics 1 & Advanced Ceramics 1*
Ceramics 2 & Advanced Ceramics 2*
Metal Design & Advanced Metal Design*
Stained Glass & Advanced Glass*

Digital Art Studies
Graphic Design & Advanced Graphic Design*
Digital Photography & Advanced*
Digital Film and Video & Advanced
Animation & Cartooning & Advanced

Pre-College Art Program Opportunities

Suggested sequences in preparation for art, design, and architecture college admissions:

8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade

Studio Art (Accelerated)

Drawing & Painting Advanced Studio 1 Advanced Studio 2 Advanced Studio 3 (AP)
AP Art History
  Studio Art Drawing & Painting Advanced Studio 1 Advanced Studio 2
AP Art History
Studio Art (Accelerated) Drawing & Painting Digital Photo & Advanced
Graphic Design & Advanced
Animation/Cartooning & Advanced
Digital Film and Video & Advanced
Digital Photo & Advanced
Graphic Design & Advanced
Animation/Cartooning & Advanced
Digital Film and Video & Advanced
Advanced Digital Arts
  Studio Art Drawing & Painting
Digital Photo & Advanced
Graphic Design & Advanced
Animation/Cartooning & Advanced
Digital Film and Video & Advanced
Digital Photo & Advanced
Graphic Design & Advanced
Animation/Cartooning & Advanced
Digital Film and Video & Advanced
Advanced Digital Arts