Visual Arts Seniors of 2021!
"The Visual Arts Seniors of 2021 are an amazing and diverse group of fine artists, scholars and visionaries. They have now become leaders too, showing their OCSA peers how to handle an unexpected senior year situation with composure, purpose and professionalism and style. While we won’t have our traditional Senior Exhibition in the VAC gallery on our OCSA campus, the portfolios exhibited here are stunning and beautiful, powerful and thought-provoking. Creating art and appreciating the art of others has united these students as a solid group for many years, and will continue to do so as they move forward on to new horizons".
-Paige Oden, Visual Arts Conservatory Director
The Visual Arts Conservatory Overview
Orange County School of the Arts
The Visual Arts Conservatory offers 7th through 12th grade students the opportunity to learn fine art studio techniques, as well as improve upon existing artistic skills. Students will explore both traditional art-making methods and innovative, cutting edge art practices. Visual Arts students follow a fixed schedule of core requirement classes during 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. Students then have the opportunity to choose college level elective classes during 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The result is that Visual Arts students build a college-level art portfolio that reflects talent, skill, and professionalism, along with a personal narrative body of work. This program is designed for students who love to make art of any kind, including drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and graphic design, as well as computer design and computer illustration or animation.
Visual Arts Conservatory faculty members focus on preparing students to pursue a secondary education in the arts by utilizing a four or six-year curriculum path that culminates with the production of an outstanding college entrance art portfolio. The goal is to help each individual student get to where they choose to go next – whether that be an art conservatory, a university art program, any art-related professional position, or to apply the creative skills learned in the Visual Arts Conservatory to another field of interest in higher education. Upon graduation, Visual Arts students will be prepared to attend a four-year university or arts conservatory program, as well as enter the commercial illustration and design industries.