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Program Highlights - Junior/Senior High Campus

Our Art Program/Department instructors must have knowledge and at least some experience in all art forms. Ninety percent of what we see in the real-job-world contains at least some art aspects. With that statistic mentioned, art-related work can be very "worldly," which makes it very important for us to raise up solid Christian artists who are able to glorify God in their workplace through their art. Therefore, the philosophy of our Art Department centers around several key components:

  • treating and encouraging all art students as if they have enough art potential to have a related career
  • encouraging all art students to glorify God in their art expressions appropriately while still developing the students' art vivaciousness (meaning while still developing their originality and encouraging a lack of fear within their art expressions)
  • preparing students to not just be "college ready" but also "career ready"
  • challenging each artist to the point where it "forces" them to be great

CCS JH/SH Art Department "goes deep" with its students in many realms. What does that mean? It means that:

  • Our Art Department has a phenomenal reputation within the art education community, both at the Junior/Senior High level and, more importantly, at the college/university level. (More details are below about why our reputation is impressive.) We easily compete talent-wise with even much larger area schools.  In fact, because of the more intimate sizes of our art classes, students receive even more regular one on one instruction and discussions are student-talent-level specific.)
  • Our Art Department course curriculum encompasses such a large variety of offerings for a school our size. These courses can be very in-depth, as can be seen by reading Course Offerings details below.
  • Our instructors seek to educate and prepare students on not only with the basics of art genres and growth of the talent, but add components that "go deeper," such as real-world, business-related experiences and information. (See below for specific examples.) They do so not only for those furthering their art-related career via the college/university route, but even if the student isn't planning to attend an art university/college, art courses will include relevant business-related information (such as merchandising, logo creation, business requirements, etc.).
  • Our Art Department has a long-standing reputation for competing and doing well in state and national competitions, namely Scholastic and Governors competitions.
  • Our Art Department offers an unheard of amount of instruction and support for those students interested in pursuing an art-related career. Not only do we offer an AP Studio Art course (see details below), but we also offer partnership opportunities with local art universities/colleges, such as our Portfolio Day with on-site relationship-building and portfolio assessments with:
    •  Art Institute of Cincinnati (AIC)
    • Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) - Virtually every CCS student that was accepted by AAC received at least $40,000 in scholarships.
    • Mount St. Joseph

      Other partnership opportunities are in the are of "partnerships in the field," such as Senior High students being set up with internships, coops, special mentorships, etc. Most recently, we have had students whose talent and passion is cake decorating, costume design, or photography doing real-world work in these areas during the school year and summers.)
  • Our students are offered several opportunities to showcase their work annually:
  • Private lessons are offered (more for those students who will be attending an art university/college) in which each lesson is structured for the student's college/career path. There is a 100% success rate for these students thus far, relating to getting into the college they prefer and including large scholarship helps.
  • Our art instructors form relationships with our students that are long-lasting. CCS alum often contact our instructors well into college and beyond, with questions or just to catch-up; they are bonds of caring mentorships and friendships that last.

Just more recently CCS alum who pursued art universities/colleges earned large amounts of scholarships:

  • 2015 - $300,000
  • 2013 - $200,000

And they are successful at the following schools, just to name a few:

  • University of Cincinnati's DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art and Planning)
  • CCM
  • University of Cincinnati (fashion)
  • Kent State (fashion design and interior design)
  • Carson-Newman University
  • Pratt in New York
  • Ohio State
  • Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)

Course Offerings

(not a complete list)

Senior High:

  • Surface Design/Fashion Design (textiles courses, including merchandising as well as creations)
  • Mixed Media (including 2D, sculptures, creative pallet use/design, etc.)
  • Drawing I (requires creation of a commissioned work with client interviews in and out of school, as well as art careers and business aspects of those careers)
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography (including Advanced levels, and including covering 35 mm film and development of it because some employers still use it, as well as logo design, and doing photo shoots)
  • AP Art Studio (more intensive in-studio, 10-15 hours/week with 24 piece portfolio completion required) - At the end of this course, the portfolio is submitted as the student's State of Ohio AP Exam, and is typically only taken by students who plan to pursue attendance at an art university/college. This course is offered every other year.

Junior High (guided preparation for Senior High art courses listed above):

  • Junior High Art I (flat works, predominantly drawing)
  • Junior High Art II (3D works, predominantly sculpture and graphic design prep)