Visual Arts

Sketches and Strokes

Students at Marist have the opportunity to study all levels of drawing and painting. Introductory classes begin with working from observation and build a solid foundation that includes composition, perspective, and color theory. More advanced classes address conceptual components, expand to include a greater variety of techniques and materials, and help students develop their own artistic voices. Marist offers a yearlong AP class in studio art as well as opportunities for advanced students to pursue specific interests through independent study.

In addition to in-class studio time, students interested in drawing and painting have several opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities. Marist's Art Club provides after-school studio hours and also supports the school with art-related projects. Art students also submit work to Marist's award-winning visual and literary arts magazine, the Rapier.


List of 11 items.

  • Beginning Ceramics (FA315: Grades 7-8 or FA341: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course focuses on making clay objects using the handbuilding techniques of pinching, coiling, and slab building. Students will explore various approaches to decorating clay forms, including stamping, colored slips, and basic glazing techniques.
  • Intermediate Ceramics (FA342: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course introduces the student to throwing on the potter’s wheel. The student will learn to throw basic bowl and cylinder forms as well as the augmentations of pulled handles and trimmed feet.

    Prerequisite: Art: Forms and Design
  • Advanced Ceramics (FA343: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course will allow the student to explore more advanced issues and aesthetics using their choice of construction techniques (or combined techniques). Projects will emphasize a problem-solving and an individual approach to creating work. Basic glaze chemistry is introduced.
  • Beginning Drawing and Painting (FA317: Grades 7-8 or FA346: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of drawing in a variety of media. It is a prerequisite for further studies in drawing and painting.
  • Intermediate Drawing and Painting (FA347: Grades10-12)

    This one-term course offers a comprehensive examination of the fundamentals of painting language. Students learn to paint from observations and are exposed to painting ideas from both historical and contemporary contexts. Acrylic paint is used for assignments. Some out-of-class painting is required.

    Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing and Painting
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting (FA348: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course is for the student with special interests and aptitude for two-dimensional art work. Independent project work is required in this class.

    Prerequisite: Beginning and Intermediate Drawing and Painting
  • Portfolio Drawing and Painting (FA 380: Grades 11-12)

    In this one-term elective that can be repeated, students will advance their drawing skills and expand their visual communication vocabulary by exploring a variety of drawing and painting processes, as well as compositional and aesthetic concepts. This inquiry-driven portfolio course will require students to work independently and without the formal structure of a traditional studio course. The students accept personal responsibility for their artistic growth and portfolio needs, including scholarships and college admission. Instruction will take place in the form of individual critiques, readings and discussions, and process demonstrations.

    Prerequisite: Advanced Painting and Drawing
  • Beginning Photography (FA361: Grades 10-12)

    This beginner level studio art course will focus on developing an understanding of the 35 mm film camera, the dark room, and the history of photography. Students will be given a variety of projects that focus on learning how to use their cameras effectively to create quality prints. Though primarily focused on technique, students will be asked to push themselves in creating meaningful images. These images will be presented at the end of each project in a critique, as well as at the end of the term when they present a final portfolio. Each critique gives students the opportunity to display their knowledge of the artistic language they have acquired in this class as well as previous art classes. 
  • Architectural Drawing (FA 350: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course is designed to introduce students to both the basic historical language (vocabulary and syntax) of architecture and the drafting skills necessary to understand the principles of that language. Lectures will be followed by field experiences and studio practice. Field experiences will require students to record their observations of architecture through written descriptions, photographs, and sketchbook drawings. Studio sessions are designed to further establish an understanding of concepts learned through a series of more ambitious architectural renderings. Students will be required to purchase a moleskin sketchbook and the assigned architectural drawing kit (includes architectural ruler, erasing shield, pencil set, and erasers).
  • 3-D Design (FA345: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course introduces three-dimensional design as a way of thinking about art. Students work in a variety of media, including but not limited to, wood, paper, foam core, cardboard, textiles, and found materials. Projects help students develop a concept of form in three dimensions and understand the relationship between materials and expression. The class prepares students to explore more specific forms of three-dimensional art, such as sculpture and architecture.

  • Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (FA542: Grade 11-12)

    Students will spend the term reading Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man. At the center of the novel is the human mind of the Invisible Man, a mind constantly trying to learn and understand as it encounters outside of itself the world through the five senses This class, which approaches literature through material culture, is about those things---the visual, aural, tasted, smelled, and touched parts of the world experienced by the Invisible Man. In the gap between the mind and the world, these things shift in meaning as they are interpreted through the lenses of historiography, the veil of race, religious views, concepts and marketing of high and low culture, literary traditions, formal and vernacular language, family stories, mythology and folk traditions, paternalism, colonialism, art history, music, beliefs about progress and technology, waking and dreaming, and the varying interpretations of the American Dream.

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Marist School

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Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
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An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers