The Visual Arts Department at Bishop Gorman Catholic School continues the work of the school in its mission of the ongoing formation of the Christian person. The visual arts are offered as an elective to both middle and high school students. All levels of visual arts classes meet and exceed the standards set by the Texas Education Agency, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and the National Standards for Arts Education. The AP Studio Art course is also offered for advanced high school students.
Sixth-grade students begin their study of the visual arts with a six week fine arts exploratory rotation that allows the incoming students to experience a sampling of visual art experiences including drawing, painting, printmaking, and design. The elements and principles of design are introduced along with inspirational examples from a range of historical and multicultural sources. At the end of the first semester after having experience in visual arts, band, orchestra, and choir, sixth-grade students make their fine arts choice for the second semester where they continue exploring a variety of media and approaches to art including sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media works.
Seventh and eighth-grade students may choose art as their elective for the whole year. Students in these grades expand upon the art vocabulary introduced in the sixth-grade year with a great deal of emphasis on developing technical skill with a wide variety of art media.