Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

Visual Arts at Saint James School

The Visual Arts Program at Saint James School has a long history of producing students who create exceptional artwork. However, the benefits are far reaching. Beyond building problem-solving and critical thinking skills, we build students’ confidence by pushing each student to be the best they can be. They understand that perseverance and focus are an integral part of the process. Our students become decision makers and creators eager for new creative challenges.

The Saint James Visual Arts Program is set apart by our desire and drive to produce not only critically thinking students, but students who know the value of both hard work and exceptional craftsmanship. We push our students to be better and more creative than they think they can be. The artwork that the students produce is on par with college-level work in all of our art classes. We provide students with a deep understanding of different media and techniques through the study of famed artists and movements throughout history.

High School Visual Arts Courses

  • The majority of class is devoted to studio time where students have ample time and space to work in various media throughout the year. We provide instruction and critique both on a classroom level and one-on-one. We also engage in group critiques with the students’ peers. Lectures and demonstrations are performed in order to make sure the students fully grasp the technique or project being taught. Students produce artwork that is entered into art shows from the local to national levels. There is a annual student art show each spring where every student has a piece of artwork exhibited.

Studio Art Courses

  • Art 2: The Art II program is designed for the motivated high school art student who is interested in preparing for Art III, AP Studio Art, or AP 2D Design. The goal is to prepare our high school students who want to further their college level art skills and continue with Art III as well as working toward a goal to enter one of the AP Art courses that we offer. Art II is based on a student’s technical art problem solving skills which will be presented with each project given throughout the year. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency within the areas of problem solving, quality, and skill. The goals of this course are the use of purposeful decision making when using the elements and principles of design. The student will be using many art mediums and processes, including collage, opaque painting, transparent painting, printmaking, and mixed media.
     
  • Art 3 and Art 4: The Art III & IV program is designed for the motivated high school art student who is interested in preparing for AP Studio Art or AP 2D Design. It is also a great stand alone class for the motivated high school student who wants to further their college level art skills without a goal to enter AP. Art III is based on a student’s design problem solving skills which will be presented with each project given throughout the year. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency within the areas of problem solving, quality, and skill. The goals of this course are the use of purposeful decision making when using the elements and principles of design. The student will be using many art mediums and processes, including collage, painting, printmaking, and mixed media.
     
  • AP Studio Drawing: The Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing program is designed for the highly motivated high school art student who is interested in working on the college level. AP Studio Art is based on a student’s portfolio which is submitted at the end of the year for review by College Board examiners. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency within the areas of breadth, quality, and concentration. The drawing studio concentrates on many drawing media, styles, and techniques and includes printmaking and painting, both transparent and opaque. Prerequisite for this course is Art 2.
     
  • AP 2D Design: The Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2D Design program is designed for the highly motivated high school art student who is interested in working on the college level. AP Studio Art: 2D Design is based on a student’s portfolio, which is submitted at the end of the year for review by College Board examiners. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency within the areas of breadth, quality, and concentration. The goals of this course are the use of purposeful decision making when using the elements and principles of design. The student will be using many 2D medium and processes, including collage, painting, printmaking, digital, and graphic design.
     
  • Graphic Design: This course was created specifically for our Saint James high school students who wish to explore graphic design as their art elective. With this curriculum, students gain an understanding of what graphic design is and how to use it. The course focuses on the similarities between art and graphic design and reinforces the common foundation of technique, materials, and craft. The curriculum provides our high school students exposure to college-level design thinking and the design process as a way of introducing them to visual communication.

The main areas of focus for Graphic Design...

  • Intro to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Solve graphic design problems and learn typographic aesthetics
  • Prepare portfolio for professional presentation and evaluation
  • Develop analytical thinking and problem solving skills for the graphic design industry
  • Students are expected to complete photo assignments which will be used to build their portfolio


About the Educator, Mrs. Evelyn Shoults

  • Member/Sponsor of the National Junior Art Honor Society
  • 2012 Visual Art Achievement Program Teacher Award for Alabama
  • 2013 Visual Art Achievement Program Teacher Award for Alabama
  • 2016-2018 National Art Honor Society and National Junior Art Honor Society Chair for the Alabama Art Education Association
  • 2017-18 National Exhibitor in the National Art Education Association Member Exhibition


Under Mrs. Shoults' instruction, Saint James students have been recognized with acclaim and awards in the following art competitions: Montgomery Advertiser Design an Ad//Alabama National Fair//Alabama National Fair Photography Exhibition//Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Awards//Scholastic Art and Writing National Awards//Doing Our Own Thing (DOOT) High School Competition//Double Exposure Photography Competition-Tuscaloosa, AL,//Visual Arts Achievement Program Regional Competition- Troy University//Visual Arts Achievement State Competition//Artistic Competition for Exceptional Students (ACES) Middle School//Artistic Competition for Exceptional Students (ACES) High School//Southern Teachers Association Calendar Competition//Dick Blick Printmaking//Doodle 4 Google//Draw Montgomery//Funky Junk Competition//Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Flimp Festival//Dick Blick Mixed Media Competition