Visual arts

Student painting

Garland High School offers an array of Visual Arts classes. 

Students in AP focus on developing technical skills while investigating personal concepts. Students learn art history and develop skills to critique artwork, but the main focus is on creating art. Students test for college credit their junior and/or senior year by submitting 24 pieces of art. Twelve (12) of these works will show their range of skill, 12 will be a body of work exploring a theme. Students may test in 2D Design, 2D drawing or 3D. (Students may test in one area, or choose to test in two.)

In IB art, students create art, develop techniques, explore and develop personal concepts, study art history and learn to critique and compare art. Their senior year, they will test for college credit. Their exam consists of curating an exhibition of their own work (7-11 pieces) exploring a theme or evolution of ideas, creating a Comparative Study, and a Process Portfolio. The Comparative Study, consisting of 25 slides, in which the students critique and compare a minimum of 3 pieces of art from varying cultures, and then compare those pieces with their own work. For the Process Portfolio, students will choose images from their sketchbooks to produce a slide presentation that traces the process of the creation of their Exhibition and Comparative Study.

We offer our AP and IB students the opportunity to visit a minimum of 2 museums each year. Juniors visit 3 or 4 a year and seniors 4 or 5.

Each year we have several college recruiters visit our classes to share information about the programs they offer.

We have professional artists talk to our classes about their education, artwork and careers.

All AP and IB students attend National Portfolio Day, where colleges across the nation share information about their programs and review student work.

Each year our seniors hold after-school workshops, in which they teach a medium or technique to other art students.

We organize “share teams” that visit middle schools to let them know about what we offer in art at Garland High School.

Garland High School averages 150 entries in the VASE competition, with an average of 10-15 students advancing to state. Students also participate in the GISD Art shows, Scholastic, TVAA, Photographer’s Forum, Reflections, Google Doodle, Art for Dart, Sargent Art Contest, and many others.

We have an active National Art Honor Society that provides community service involving art. Examples are creating the Homecoming banner, chalkboards for display year round at Veritex Bank, painting benches on the square in downtown Garland, face painting on game days and at community events such as Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo.

Art Faculty: Paula Lawson, Karen Hatten, and Ben Brown