Visual Arts

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

Serra offers a variety of 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.

The Advanced Art class, Advanced Explorations in 2 and 3 Dimensional Art, offers students the opportunity to work with murals, portraits, and printmaking. The students explore ink, acrylics, and oil paints in more depth.

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.

Students also have the opportunity to take art courses through our Tri School program. These courses include Non Darkroom Photography, 3D Art, Video Production and Graphic Design.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

-Edgar Degas