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Visual Art
Senn Arts Visual Art Program

Visual Arts is an intensive visual art program that addresses concepts in visual art as well as informed and critical decision-making.  The courses in this program provide students with an opportunity to explore and experiment with combinations of various media and processes. Students will master their abilities using the elements and principles of visual art to create successful artwork as well as further investigate concepts of imagination, observation, and expression.

Students are expected to work on longer-range projects, do research, keep a sketchbook, critique and develop a high quality portfolio. Students are expected to take initiative to develop their own commitments to content and personal voice.

An approach supported by concepts and individual instruction requires students to ask more questions of themselves and their work than it answers.  This method offers a more informed perspective to their own repertoire, resulting in a student’s ongoing pursuit of learning and growth.

Equal weight is given to formal skill building and the involvement of content in the work of students at all levels of their development. Students engage in problem-solving strategies that reinforce the integration of a conceptual idea with its physical manifestation. Dialogue in the classroom helps clarify not only the student’s material decisions, but the reasoning behind those decisions.  It is important to address why an artwork exists as well as how.


Jesse Wyss, Visual Art Lead Teacher
jzwyss@cps.edu