Visual Arts

Studying visual art enables teenagers to develop spatial skills, creativity and art appreciation.

Serra offers two exciting hands-on art courses. Basic art includes hands-on techniques to learn to draw, sculpt and paint. Students learn about artists and art history. They use pencils, pens and erasers to create portraits, still-life drawings and perspective. Padres enjoy working with plaster, acrylics, watercolors and pastels while painting landscapes, Chinese characters and still-life scenes.

Ceramics students explore the medium of clay and decorative aspects of glaze, with some ceramics art history. They learn hand-building techniques, including pinch pots, coil and slab construction. Padres also learn to use the potter’s wheel while exploring inspirational ceramic sculptors. Projects include pinch pot creatures, self portraits, ancient pots and vessels, favorite food, shoes and modes of transportation.