Our Illustration department combines the best of two worlds, incorporating traditional drawing and painting skills with graphic design and computer technology. The course sequence begins in tenth grade with an illustration workshop that focuses on studio skills using traditional tools and materials, while the technology segment concentrates on Adobe Creative Suite’s Photoshop program. The junior year curriculum emphasizes practical commercial assignments, including newspaper editorial illustration, spot drawings, book cover and periodical designs. Drawing and painting from life are essential to picture making; the study of traditional rendering skills is thoroughly integrated with commercial graphic design orientation.
Senior year illustration students pursue independent projects, while preparing a final portfolio and digital portfolio for professional review and college admissions.