CTE - Visual Arts


The JMW Visual Art course of studies is a four year curriculum designed to build an increasingly advanced set of art skills and experiences. The first two and a half years lays a comprehensive foundation of techniques and materials for drawing, printmaking, sculpture, painting, and art history. The last year and a half, students focused on creating a personal body of work for their college admissions portfolio, exhibits, and public art. Professional guest artists bring specialized instruction to the classroom and connect the classes to the working art world.

Plan of Study

Year 1

Materials and Techniques

Year 2

Color and Anatomy

Year 3

Landscape and Figures

Year 4

Portfolio and Public Art

Additional Requirements:
Art History

Suggested Coursework:
Drawing & Storyboard; Ceramics; Comic Illustration; Sculpture; Animation; Life Drawing; Special Effects; Digital Media and Design

RI State Council on the Arts Credential


Skills and Knowledge:
Problem Solving; Professionalism; Collaboration; Critical Thinking; Communication; Creativity; Flexibility; Initiative; Demonstrate their skill and talent through a portfolio of work; Exhibit creativity through unique visual problem solving; Display their work through traditional methods and a web- portfolio; Possess customer service/interpersonal skills; Utilize a variety of materials such as pencil, charcoal, collage, paint and print-making; Be prepared for a highly competitive environment.

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Students must complete 80 hours in any of the following activities: Internship, Apprenticeship, Service-learning project, Industry Project, or School-based Enterprise.

Occupations within this Field:

  • Junior Art Director
  • Set Designer
  • Art Director
  • Industrial Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Jewelry/Metal Worker
  • Woodworker
  • Fashion Designer
  • Museum/Gallery Curator
Visual Arts Web 5