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Fine Arts


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an AC Transfer Student

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AC Alum Julia Marino ’10 was the first person to represent her home country of Paraguay in the winter Olympics at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Key Facts


The spiral symbolizes Arlington Catholic's Art department. This universally positive symbol appears in the visual works of numerous cultures including Celtic art, Native American petroglyphs, Arabic architecture, Japanese rock gardens and African masks. It is also known to symbolize the evolutionary process of growing and learning. In terms of Spirituality, the spiral can represent the path from outer consciousness to the inner soul. As the arts are intrinsically valuable to all engaged learners, our classes integrate these various meanings as we begin the spiral journey with the basic principles of design and color theory. As our travel continues, students explore advanced artistic techniques and experiment with adding a deeper meaning to their work while applying their learned skills in creative problem solving, communication, and management of time and resources across academic subject areas. Just as the spiral may continue forever, our goal as an Art Department is to heighten curiosity and instill a life-long interest in all things creative.


Michael Fullerton, 
BA- Studio Art, Clark University
MA- Art Education, Boston University


Course Offerings


Art 1

ART 1 - 751

1 Credit

This introductory course focuses on the basic skills and vocabulary of art. Techniques covered include: color theory, pencil-shading techniques, perspective, figurative gesture drawing, collage, introduction to sculpture and basic design layout. Home assignments include short readings and occasional sketchbook/planning drawings. This course is recommended for students who have not had extensive previous art experience.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12


DESIGN – 752

1 Credit

This course focuses on different areas of design. Good craftsmanship is emphasized. Projects include: calligraphy, interior design, type exploration, corporate identities, page layout, advertising, and printmaking. Home assignments include the maintenance of a journal of ideas throughout the year.

Requirements: Previous average grade of “A” in primary school art classes and/or completion of Art 1.

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Honors Painting & Drawing


1 Credit

A variety of media is utilized in this course including: acrylic paint, watercolor, gouache, ink, graphite, pastel, colored pencil, pen and ink. Still life, observational, imaginative and abstract drawing and painting are explored. Home assignments include sketchbook drawings throughout the year.

 Requirements: Previous average grade of “A” in primary school art classes and/or completion of Art 1.

 Grades: 10, 11, 12



1 Credit

Three dimensional art making is studied in this course. Projects include: wire sculpture, jewelry making, papermaking, figurative forms, ceramic vessels, and relief sculpture. Home assignments include the maintenance of a sketchbook/idea journal throughout the year.

Requirements: Previous average grade of “A” in primary school art classes and/or completion of Art 1.

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Visual Arts Studio


1 Credit

This course is for advanced students who are thinking of applying to a college art program and pursing an art-related career. Ability to work independently is required. Portfolio preparation and presentation are the main focus. Home assignments include drawings and conceptual planning in journal form throughout the year.  Students will have the opportunity to recieve credit for AP Studio Art by completing additional assignments and submitting their portfolios.

Requirements: Only with Permission of Instructor.

Grade: 11, 12