Name Department/Position
Elizabeth Ables
Lower School Art
Michael Tablada  Middle School Art
Heather Niemann Middle School Art
Whitney Panetta High School Art, 3D Art
Meagan Brooker High School Art, Photography
Kristie Onorato High School Art, AP Art 

Fine Arts News

  • March 27, 2017

    MS Chorus Larege Group Performance Evaluation

    On March 17, Middle School Chorus participated in a Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). Below are the results:
    The 7th and 8th grade chorus received a Superior (top) rating from all three judges! Comments included:

    • Great energy and tone!
    • Good language (Italian) work! (one of our songs was in Italian; kudos to Gian Luca Di Lenardo, who is fluent in Italian, for being our diction coach!)
    • Absolute perfection! (with regard to pitch)
    • Well-executed!
    • Your uniform tone placement leads to a wonderful blend!
    • Fabulous text clarity

    Additionally, the group earned a Superior rating (top score) in 3-part sight reading with a Superior rating in every sub-category!

    The 5th and 6th grade chorus received a Superior rating from all three judges as well! Comments included:

    • Lovely head tones!
    • Great energy!
    • What a great choral sound!
    • Great dynamic contrast!
    • Your energy + unison vowels = good pitch
    • Tuning is very precise – yay!

    The 5th and 6th grade chorus also earned a Superior (top rating) in 2-part sight reading! The example was particularly challenging this year, but they did not give up!

    Congratulations to both choirs and to our accompanist Mr. Brock Derringer. Finally, special thanks to our 6th graders, Brynn Bazemore, Maria Hill, Ainsley Kane, Amanda Mola, Eva Raman, and Parker Tidwell, for singing with both groups so our 7th and 8th graders had enough singers to qualify.

Visual Arts

Wesleyan's goal for the visual arts is to create a classroom full of energy and creativity, and to stimulate a passion for the visual arts.

Art is the ability to create things apart from nature, the skillful adaptation and application of knowledge for communication and exploration purposes. Our goal as art facilitators is to maintain a structured system combined with a set curriculum to prepare the stage for creative talent to flourish. Each student is mentored and shown the importance of patience, dedication, and a strong work ethic. We have been blessed with the creative ability to teach others about our passion in the Arts all the while giving glory to our magnificent creator. We offer a wide range of courses for students to explore multiple medias that will develop artistic skills and creativity for every level student.

Introduction to Art

This course introduces students to the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of projects designed to give students a better understanding of the language and practice of visual arts. Concepts introduced - along with applied projects - will help prepare students for 2D Design I, 3D Design I, and Digital Photography.

Prerequisite: None (Light-Homework Course; Semester Course)  


 2D I

This studio course offers students an opportunity to begin to explore a variety of two-dimensional media and techniques. Course content will focus on the development of images drawn from observation, imagination, and memory. Students will use a variety of media which may include, but are not limited to: graphite, pastel, charcoal, conte crayon, printmaking, India ink, and watercolor.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art or permission of department. ( Light-Homework Course; Semester Course) A sketchbook is required.                                                                                                      

 2D II

This studio course builds on two-dimensional media and techniques explored in 2D Design I. The elements and principles of art will be practiced at an intermediate level through acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and oil. The development of a painting style will be introduced with emphasis on constructing personal visual statements that communicate feelings and ideas.

Prerequisite: 2D Design I or teacher recommendation and permission of department. ( Full-Homework Course, Semester Course) A sketchbook is required.  


2D III   

This studio course is a continuation of 2D Design II with emphasis on advanced skill acquisition and manipulation of media. As students begin to explore different styles of drawing, painting, and collage, they are encouraged to further develop a sense of personal style and direction. This course is designed to expand the student’s skill set in two-dimensional design, as well as to help students who are interested in pursuing AP Art to develop the breadth portion of their portfolio.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of department. ( Full-Homework Course; Full-Year Course) A sketchbook is required.  

Digital Photography I

This course will instruct students in fundamental concepts and techniques of photography including aesthetics and design concept, introduction to the digital SLR camera, and essential Photoshop skills. Interpretation and evaluation through critiques and a brief history of photography are explored. Owning a digital camera is recommended but not required. Students will have access to a digital SLR camera.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (Full-Homework Course, Semester Course) Recommended Equipment: Digital SLR camera

  Digital Photography II 

Students continue to explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital photography, with an emphasis on more personalized applications of concepts and creative techniques. Mastery of elements of art and design as they apply to photography will be emphasized. Students will learn about advanced studio equipment, advanced techniques in Photoshop, and how to apply their individual creativity and skills to photography. Owning a digital camera is recommended, but not required. Students will have access to a digital SLR camera.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art and Digital Photography I (Full-Homework Course; Semester Course) Recommended Equipment: Digital SLR camera


  3D I

This course begins an exploration of three-dimensional design. Using additive and subtractive sculpture methods, students will apply the elements of art and principles of design to their artwork using a variety of materials, techniques, and processes including, but not limited to: clay, plaster, wire, and wood. The structural integrity of the work and the student’s willingness to experiment and explore will be emphasized

Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (Light-Homework Course; Semester Course)

  3D II

This course is designed for students who want to further their development in three-dimensional processes. Students will examine advanced forms of three dimensional design that involve casting, carving, and constructing using plaster, clay, cardboard, metal, and found objects. Special emphasis will be placed on sculpting with clay, and its properties as a sculptural medium. Techniques in hand molding and use of the potter’s wheel will be taught. The structural integrity of the work and the students’ willingness to experiment and explore will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: 3D Design I (Light-Homework Course, Semester Course)

  3D III  

This course offers an in-depth study of three-dimensional art-making, including additive, subtractive and modeling processes, with an emphasis on mastering the pottery wheel and hand building techniques. It also provides in-depth work with clay and clay building techniques beyond that of 3D Art I & II, with a particular emphasis on wheel throwing and glaze effects. Students will work more independently on developing their personal style and aesthetic by building a portfolio of work and developing their own projects through recommendations and assistance from the 3DIII instructor. Art history, criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated throughout this course.

Prerequisite: 3D Design II (Light-Homework Course; Semester Course)


AP Studio Art

The AP program in Studio Art is intended for highly-motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. Advanced Placement work involves significantly more commitment and accomplishment than the typical high school visual arts course. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination. Instead, students submit portfolios of 25-35 works of art for evaluation. Students may choose to develop a portfolio of drawing/painting or two-dimensional design. Weekly homework/sketchbook assignments will be given, and there are expectations to finish one major project every 1-2 weeks. A first-semester exam period with the instructor is scheduled to provide time for reflection, critique, and assessment.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of department. (Advanced Placement Homework Course; Full-Year Course)