The Pulaski Academy Department of Visual Arts offers a variety of courses which assists students in developing their creativity and art-making skills. Several levels of courses are offered to challenge those students with an interest in art-making and art history.
All students must begin with Art I/Art Through the Ages which gives them a foundation in the cultural history of visual art and reinforces the elements of art and the principles of design in their art-making. In this year-long class, students are introduced to the history of art from Pre-historic to Present. Students explore a variety of media using natural pigments, watercolor, acrylics, clay, papier mache’ and others. Students experiment with a variety of art-making techniques and methods, including fresco, collage, bas and high relief, 3-D sculpture, printmaking, and fiber arts. This class serves as a prerequisite for AP Art History.
Our more artistically inclined students may continue to study the visual arts throughout their high school experience by enrolling in Art II, Art III, and AP Studio Art. In each of these classes, the students are challenged to delve more deeply into their creativity and art-making methods. AP Art Studio requires students to complete a portfolio in either drawing, 2-D Design, or 3-D Design. The portfolio requirements are rigorous and require considerable commitment by the student.
Semester long course offerings include Contemporary Mixed Media, Community and Public Art, and Sculpture. In Contemporary Mixed Media, the students explore using a variety of media and techniques to produce works of art. Community and Public Art offers students the opportunity to become philanthropic through their art-making. Past students have created and donated art to several worthwhile organizations in our community. Our students have donated ceramic bowls to Arkansas Food Bank for their “Empty Bowls Dinner”. They created ceramic elephants for an Alzheimer’s Arkansas fundraiser. Lovingly decorated Pysanky eggs were donated to Easter Seals of Arkansas. Ceramic fish were donated to a fundraiser benefitting Camp Aldersgate, which provides summer camp opportunities for children with chronic illnesses. Sculpture introduces students to the multiple ways art can be produced 3-dimensionally. Students use clay, packing tape, wire, papier mache, cloth, cardboard, and recycled items to produce 3-D art work.
In addition to AP Studio Art, our students have the opportunity to earn college credit through AP Art History. AP Art History requires students to research the College Board’s chosen works of art from throughout history. Students study artists, their works, chronological periods, schools of art, artistic movements, and art-making techniques. Students may elect