The Artisan Diploma Track will not only allow your student to passionately pursue the talent God has bestowed in their lives, but also prepare them for collegiate success. The specific pathways of the Artisan program will prepare students for more focused exploration, provide quality mentoring, and build confidence in their given discipline. All pathways will give students real life application in the respective fields, along with providing valuable academic experience that most students will not be exposed to until their second or third year in college. The diploma will speak into their academic and professional resumes in ways that other diplomas cannot.
There are three Pathways that a student may choose from within the Artisan Track.
The Visual Arts pathway is for students who have a passion for visual expression. This creative endeavor encompasses all aspects of Visual Art (2-D, 3-D, Photography, Graphic Arts, etc.) The 9th and 10th graders must enroll in Artisan level courses with the intention of entering into AP by 11th grade. To be admitted into this pathway, students must submit five works for consideration. The 11th and 12th graders will enroll in AP classes in a minimum of 2 of the 3 College Board disciplines (Studio, 2-D Design, 3-D Design). The 12th graders must submit a CapStone Portfolio, highlighting their works over their final two years.
9th and 10th grade years, enroll in two of the following semester long courses each year
Drawing/ 1 Semester (Tanksley)
Painting/ 1 Semester (Tanksley)
3-D/ 1 Semester (Tanksley)
Photo Methods/ 1 Semester (Hughes)
Graphic Design/ 1 Semester (Hughes)
11th grade, enroll in one of the three AP offerings (Studio, 2-D Design, 3-D Design)
12th grade, enroll in one of the three AP offerings (Studio, 2-D Design, 3-D Design)
*an optional 3rd AP selection may be available on an individual basis during 12th grade
The Performing Arts (pathway is for students who have a passion for the world of performance. This creative endeavor encompasses all aspects of performance, based on individual preferences (Stage Acting, Broadcast, Music, Dance, Directing, etc.) The 9th and 10th grade students will begin their pathway with some basic fundamentals of performance. The 11th and 12th grade students will progress into specifically focused concentrations as they develop a CapStone Portfolio and Reel. The 12th grade students will spend time with a PA Mentor to serve as a production assistant for one of the divisional performances.
Performing Arts Academic progression:
9th grade, enrolled in either Drama 1 or Set Design
10th grade, enrolled in either Drama 1 or Set Design
11th grade, enrolled in either Advanced Stage or Advanced Film
12th grade, enrolled in either Advanced Stage or Advanced Film
The Language Arts pathway is for students who have a passion for writing. This creative endeavor encompasses all aspects of creative writing (poetry, short stories, novels, etc.) All 9th grade (LA) students will be paired with a senior in the program to peer mentor them in the early stages. There is a creative writing component for 9th and 10th grade years, where students are taught fundamentals. The 11th and 12th grade students embark upon a CapStone Portfolio under the guidance of a faculty CapStone Mentor. These portfolios are a graduation requirement and may vary depending on the individual.
Language Arts Academic progression:
9th grade, enrolled in Honors English
10th grade, enrolled in Honors English
11th grade, enrolled in AP Language, Enroll in a CapStone Mentor period12th grade, enrolled in AP Literature, Enroll in a CapStone Mentor period