Taking creative risks, encouraging curiosity, and collaborating with peers is central to creative work.
The Visual Arts Department strives to build student confidence and resilience to fundamentally transform students into creative learners using 21st-century skills.
The curriculum focuses on developing creative understandings and technical proficiency, literacy in a variety of media and expressions, and multiple opportunities to develop a lifelong relationship with the arts. The department supports collaborative cross-curricular opportunities and encourages students to communicate and advocate through the fine arts, seeing this as an important life skill that extends into and complements all other disciplines.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Visual Arts program beginning in K4 through 12th grade. In the Elementary, visual art is part of the curriculum as a weekly class. In Middle School, students can take semester-long art courses in 2D, 3D, and photography. In High School, GAC offers numerous courses:
- 3-D Design (basic, intermediate, AP)
- 2-D, Drawing and painting (beginner, intermediate, advanced, AP)
- Graphic design
- Digital photography
- Video Production
- Broadcast journalism
- Advanced filmmaking
We also conduct learning trips focused on the visual arts, including—
- Study abroad in Banff, Canada (2020)
- Chicago Art Learning Excursion
- New York City Learning Excursion
- Atlanta Art Excursion & Film Class
- Study abroad trips to Europe
Local trips to give students an opportunity to experience cultural awareness and off-campus learning. Past field trips have included exhibits at:
The High Museum of Art
The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University
Atlanta Civic Center
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Hudgens Center for the Arts
Students have multiple abilities to compete nationally.