The Visual Arts at New Albany High School offer a wide range of courses including AP Studio Art, AP Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber Arts, 2D/3D Art, Jewelry, Media Arts (photography & digital media), Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Visual Communication. Our faculty is comprised of Ms. Monica Schotter (AP Studio Art, Ceramics, Fiber Arts, Jewelry, Sculpture, and Intro to Art); Ms. Sarah Collins (Drawing, Photography, Visual Comm., and Intro to Art); Mr. Andrew Hardin (Painting and Intro to Art).
New Albany High School has an award winning history with students winning recognitions and awards in the Louisville Metro Region of the National Scholastic Art Awards. Some of our students have gone on to win Gold and Silver medals at the national level. Winning Scholastic Art Awards opens the doors for scholarships for students pursuing a degree in art and design.
We have consistently placed in the Indiana 9th District Congressional Art Competition. Our students won the competition in 2008 and 2013 and have placed in the top 3 consistently. New Albany students have won St. James Art Show Scholarships in Art and Photography. The Art Jam competition at Ivy Tech has awarded several scholarships to our students over the last few years. Our students have also been awarded the University of Louisville Stern J. Bramson Photography Award.
Our art department sponsors a chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Students in the National Art Honor Society strive to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.
Since 1971, Visual Art Educators in our school corporation have coordinated the New Albany Floyd County Secondary Art Show, which features student art work juried in by their teachers. The annual art show is then juried by a panel of professional artists and former art educators. Recent judges have included, nationally known fiber artist, Penny Sisto, as well as regional artists Elmer Lucille Allen, Betty Levi, and Yin-Rei Hicks. Student work is juried for cash prizes sponsored by the Art Awards Fund. Community sponsors for Best of Show and Merit Awards include The Arts Council of Southern Indiana, The Carnegie Center for Art and History (exhibition space), Plum Blossom Studio, and Preston Art Center. The show is exhibited for two weeks at the Carnegie Center for Art and History and culminates with a reception and awards program that has historically awarded thousands of dollars to aspiring young artists.
Students create works of art in clay utilizing the processes of hand building, molds, wheel throwing, slip and glaze techniques, and the firing processes.
Drawing I & II focuses on learning basic drawing skills with an emphasis on observational drawing. Students create drawings utilizing processes such as contour, value, gesture, negative space, and perspective. Media used includes pencils, pastels, ink, and graphite.
Students create Fiber Art works utilizing processes such as stitching, weaving, soft form sculpture, handmade papers, surface design, and batik. Emphasis is placed on exploring material, creative design, and craftsmanship.
Media Arts is a photography based course where beginning students learn about composition and framing the shot. The first year class constructs pinhole cameras and learns about the history of photography and developing processes. Film photography with 35mm cameras is touched on with students learning film developing and enlarging. Digital photography and digital imagery are also explored. Advanced students further explore photo processes with an emphasis on creating a personal voice in their artwork.
In Painting classes students learn about creating designs and color relationships. Students will also learn how to apply the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to their paintings. Advanced students are encouraged to explore painting further by using still-life setups and models.
Students create realistic and abstract prints utilizing processes such as relief, engraving, silk screen, and embossing. Materials used may include easy cut, foam, cardboard, plexiglass, and other materials to create editions of drawings and designs.
Students create realistic and abstract sculptures utilizing subtractive and additive processes of carving, modeling, construction, and assembling. Materials used may include plaster, wood, wire, wax, paper, and found objects.
Special Thanks to the NAFCS Education Foundation for the 2018-19 Great Classroom Grant that put a new Canon DSLR Camera in the Photography Classes this year. Students learned how to shoot macro photography while shooting pictures for a Toy Photography project. Advanced Photography Students used it for the Projection Portraits assignment.
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