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Visual Arts

Students have formal art instruction starting in the three-year-old preschool and visit the lower school art studio once a week through the 5th grade, and 6th and 7th graders take art for a quarter. 

High school students have the option of taking one of the following 22 courses in visual arts: AP Studio Art (Drawing), AP Studio Art (2-D Design), AP Studio Art (3-D Design Ceramics), AP Studio Art (3-D Design Sculpture), Art I, Art II, Art III, Art IV, Ceramics I (Sem.), Ceramics II (Sem.), Ceramics III, Ceramics IV, 2-D Design, Film Studies (Sem.), Photography I (Sem.), Photography II (Sem.), Print Design I (Sem.), Print Design II (Sem.), Sculpture I (Sem.), Sculpture II (Sem.), Sculpture III, and Sculpture IV. 

Our campus has three art studios for instruction, complete with a kiln room for ceramics and a digital photography lab. Hundreds of pieces of student work is on display in nearly every building on campus in special display cases and on the walls.

Students enter their work and receive recognition in the S.C. Independent School Association State Art Show, the Sumter County Fair Art Show, and ArtFields Jr.  A high school student is highlighted as the Artist of the Month with his or her work displayed in the Fine Arts Building each month. 

Gray Wins Art Show

Emily Gray ‘21 won first place for her drawing in the high school division of the S.C. Art Education Association Youth Art Month Show. She participated in the central region show, which includes 13 counties, that was open to all high school students in public and private schools. Emily’s artwork will be displayed in the state’s Youth Art Month virtual show which can be found on the SCAEA website.

Shin Artist of the Month

Senior Ga-In Shin is the 2-D Artist of the Month. She is a student in the Advanced Placement Studio Art (Drawing) class taught by Mrs. Tara Schumacher. 

Boonaneksap Artist of the Month

Senior Amp Boonaneksap is the March 3-D Artist of the Month. She is a student in the Advanced Placement 3-D Art (Ceramics) class taught by Mrs. Ashley Lareau. 

Students Accepted for Prestigious Art Show

The art work of 14 students has been accepted for ArtFields Jr., an art competition open to students throughout South Carolina. The selection process was extremely competitive with more than 800 submissions from across the state. ArtFields, held in Lake City the week of April 23-May 1, is one of the south’s premier art competitions and festivals. The goal of the show is to honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. Over $145,000 in prizes will be awarded based on the input of every visitor to ArtFields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators.

The following students of Mrs. Ashley Lareau’s AP 3-D Design (Ceramics) had their work accepted: Amp Boonaneksap, Wade Payne, EmmaLee Peyton & Jacob Watt, Class of ‘21.

The following students of Mrs. Cynthia Hall McGrady ‘15, who teaches lower school art, had their work accepted: Craig Busch ‘28, Amelie Lucas ‘28 & Archie McCulloch ‘30.

The following students of Mrs. Tara Schumacher’s AP Studio Art (Drawing) or AP 3-D Design (Sculpture) classes had their work accepted: Jerica Bozio, Catharine Busch, William Coulter, Emily Gray, Claire Kirkley, Mary Claire Lee & Ga-In Shin, Class of ‘21.

Gray Wins Best of Show

Emily Gray

Emily Gray '21 won Best of Show for her drawing in the highly competitive Young Women in Art Juried Exhibition at Converse College. She is a student in the Advanced Placement Drawing class taught by Mrs. Tara Schumacher.  Also recognized in the show were Kaitlyn Smith ‘21, a student in the AP 3-D Art (Sculpture) class taught by Mr. Schumacher, who won first place in sculpture. Amp Boonaneksap ‘21, a student in the AP 3-D Art (Ceramics) class taught by Mrs. Ashley Lareau, received an honorable mention in ceramics. 

Kaitlyn Smith

The following students also had their work selected for the show, an accomplishment in itself: Jerica Bozio ‘21, Catharine Busch ‘21, Carlie Fort ‘22, Claire Kirkley ‘21 and Ga-In Shin ‘21.

Amp Boonaneksap

 

 

 

 

 

The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a venue to recognize exemplary art works of young women in high school, to help students begin to prepare for a major in art while still in grades 9-12, and to introduce them to the Converse College Department of Art and Design and the variety of majors offered to women. All young women in South Carolina in grades 9-12 were eligible to submit entries to the exhibition which will be presented virtually beginning March 12.

Young Women In Art Juried Exhibition

Eight students had their work selected for the highly competitive Young Women in Art Juried Exhibition at Converse College. The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a venue to recognize exemplary art works of young women in high school, to help students begin to prepare for a major in art while still in grades 9-12, and to introduce them to the Converse College Department of Art and Design and the variety of majors offered to women. All young women in South Carolina in grades 9-12 were eligible to submit entries to the exhibition which will be presented virtually beginning March 12. 

Catharine Busch

 

 

Jerica Bozio
Claire Kirkley
Ga-In Shin
Carlie Fort
Emily Gray
Amp Boonaneksap
Kaitlyn Smith

 

Payne Artist of the Month

Senior Wade Payne is the February Artist of the Month. He is a student in the Advanced Placement 3-D Art & Design (Ceramics) class taught by Mrs. Ashley Lareau.