Schlesinger STEAM Academy at YULA
Art at YULA is an exploration of the creative process while working in a multitude of art mediums. Starting in the freshman year, all girls are enrolled into their choice of three art tracks - Fine Art, Photo/Video and Graphic Design. This exposes students early on to the visual arts. Students in grades 10 - 12 have the opportunity to take elective art courses thereafter. Each student is exposed and participates in a broad range of genres while experiencing a disciplined approach to technical and conceptual art making. YULA students have the opportunity to create perceptual drawing, painting, bookmaking, collage, sculpture, digital photography/photo editing, graphic design, fabrication, ceramics, printmaking, and mixed-media pieces while also learning art history. We address historical, multicultural, and contemporary art works through lectures, field trips, assignments and Powerpoint presentations. As a department, we want to challenge artistic viewpoints and preconceived ideas and beliefs about art.
Students who show extreme interest and artistic growth as well as discipline during their freshman year are invited to continue their artistic pursuits in YULA Girls' Art Honors course. This course is a prerequisite for the AP Studio Art course offered in 12th grade. These students may continue preparing for AP Studio Art in the 11th grade Art Honors course as well. In the junior year, girls also have the opportunity to enroll in the ceramics and sculpture electives course. In the 12th grade the girls' campus offers advanced art and AP Studio Art. Those enrolled in the AP Studio Art class must complete a portfolio of about 24 pieces of technically and conceptually strong pieces of work.