Visual Arts

2D Art

Take both introductory and advanced 2D art classes such as Foundational Art, Drawing & Painting, Advanced Art/Portfolio, and an Independent Study.

3D Art

Our unique and experientially diverse 3D art classes such as Ceramics & Sculpture, and Fiber Arts & Textiles offer students a wide variety of artistic expression.

Graphic Art & Yearbook

Students can learn and improve their graphic design skills through Graphic Design I & II or by joining the Yearbook/Journalism class.

Video Media

Through Video Media I, II, and III students will have a blast learning the different features, techniques, and skills of camera operation and video editing.

2D Art

Art I- Foundational Art (Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12)

This course is a survey course that serves as an introduction to the Arts course sequence. The main objective of this course is to give students a general working knowledge and foundational skills in the elements and principles of art and design. An emphasis will be placed on observational drawing, perspective, color theory and design. Additional areas to be covered may include portrait and figure drawing, calligraphy and optical illusion. Students will be required complete some outside classwork and keep a sketchbook. Supplies required.


Art II- Drawing & Painting (Grades 10, 11 or 12)

Art II is a course that builds on the foundation acquired from Art I and is the next course in the Art sequence. A strong emphasis on observational drawing and an understanding of color theory will be stressed. Creative problem solving and development of concepts will be emphasized. A wide variety of media and techniques will be explored in this course. Student will begin to complete projects that can be used in a college entrance portfolio. Students will be required complete some outside classwork and keep a sketchbook. Supplies required. Art I is a prerequisite.


Art III- Advanced Art/Portfolio (Grades 11 or 12)

The primary focus of this course is the development of projects for entry into a portfolio for a university or art college entrance. Students who are serious about pursuing a career in an art related field should be enrolled in Art III. A wide variety of media and techniques will be explored in this course. Students will be completing projects both in and out of the classroom. Skills and techniques learned in both Art I and Art II will be utilized with an emphasis on the integration of concept and creative problem solving. The 4th quarter of this course is an independent study. Students will be required to propose an area of study that they are interested in exploring and fine tuning. Upon agreement with the teacher, students will work independently to complete projects. It may be necessary for students to purchase some or all supplies needed for independent studies. Students will be required complete some outside classwork and keep a sketchbook. Supplies required. Art II is a prerequisite.


Art IV- Independent Study (Grade 12)

This course is designed for the serious art student and exists for exploration in an area of keen interest and to further develop the college entrance portfolio. Students will be required complete some outside classwork and keep a sketchbook. Supplies required. Art III is a prerequisite.

3D Art

3D Art – Ceramics & Sculpture (Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12)

3D Art-Ceramics & Sculpture is a survey course that aims to provide students the opportunity to explore the three dimensional side of Art. Students will participate in a wide range of experiences using additive or subtractive sculptural techniques designed to build artistic and creative confidence. Media includes, but is not limited to glass mosaic, hand building as well as creating forms on the potter’s wheel, polymer clay, and wire. A strong emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, design and form. Students may be required to purchase some materials.


3D Art – Fiber Arts & Textiles (Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12)

3D Art – Fiber Arts & Textiles is a survey course that aims to provide students the opportunity to explore several different techniques with fiber, batik and fabric dying, sewing and other fiber related projects. A strong emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship and design. Students may be required to purchase some materials.


Jr. High Art (Grade 8)

This course introduces students to basic art and design fundamentals, and is a place to create fun and enjoyable art projects. The course introduces basic art elements and principles used in two and three dimensional design. Students focus on learning basic drawing and three dimensional techniques through a variety of projects.

Graphic Art & Yearbook

Graphic Design I

1 Credit – Yearlong
Prerequisite: Application and instructor approval required

Students will learn four principles of design and explore typography and color while incorporating hands-on, as well as computer software technology. Students explore the history of graphic design and how it has evolved. Students will participate in the Annual Portfolio show held each May.


Graphic Design II

1/2 Credit – First Semester
Prerequisite: Graphic Design I

Students will further their knowledge and skills of basic design principles and typography while producing more advanced projects. Students explore multi-page, package design and corporate identity.Time will be spent producing and submitting portfolios for college admission and participate in the Annual Portfolio Show in May.



1 Credit – Yearlong

Grade 10, 11 or 12

Yearbook/Journalism is a yearlong course in which students learn the rules of professional journalism as they pertain to design and writing techniques. They also become familiar with the Macintosh computer and In-Design software. They learn the necessity of meeting deadlines and maintaining a budget while planning and producing the yearbook. All staff s are responsible for selling ads and may be asked to attend a summer workshop/planning session. Teacher and/or guidance referral is mandatory. Students who participate will also be required to perform duties outside of the classroom. These duties would include photographing at student events and athletics. Yearbook students are eligible to participate in national design and photography competitions.

CVCA Graphic Art students have the opportunities to exhibit their work in an annual spring Portfolio Show. In addition, all CVCA high school students may enter the Jostens National Photography Contest.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Marian Stofsick -or- call (330) 929-0575 x129.

Video Media

Video Media I: Grade 9-12 (Elective, Semester, ½ Credit)

This is a semester long course and the initial media class that introduces students to video editing and camera operations. Each student is introduced to video editing software and various support software from the Adobe CS6 Master Suite. Basic camera operations and techniques are also added to give a student a complete view of producing video projects. Projects begin by learning the Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 editing workflow. Next, the student is introduced to basic camera operations and techniques and how it applies to editing. Storyboarding, narrating and basic audio fundamentals are also added so the student has a good foundation in video media techniques.


Video Media II: Grade 9-12 (Elective, Semester, ½ Credit)

The second in the series, Video Media 2 is also a semester course. In this module, students are introduced to the more advanced editing techniques such as “green screen”, masking and keyframing. They also learn DVD authoring and formats for the web. Building on the foundation of camera techniques learned in Video Media 1, the students also learns lighting for “green screen”, interviews and various video scenes. Advanced video projects such as documentaries, TV commercials and other common video media styles are introduced utilizing many of their new editing techniques.


Video Media III: Grade 10-12 (Elective, Annual, 1 Credit)

The culminating class in the series is a yearlong course allowing students to explore video media in today’s multi-platform environment. Students create projects for the “Video Yearbook” DVD, a quarterly “TV” style video magazine shown throughout the schools informational monitors and the CVCA website. Along with these projects, each student continues to explore their own creative ideas and is offered extensive opportunities to produce a wide range of media projects for the school organizations, student ministries and various non-profits organizations. A new offering to this class is exploring more advanced cinematic techniques with HDSLR cameras. For interested students, this course can be repeated.