Art Program


Elmwood Park High School's Art Program, a division within the school's Fine Arts Department, is committed to providing hands-on creative experiences to all students.

Our curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Fine Arts Learning Standards, which reflect best practices and emphasize learning through the four artistic processes. For the visual arts, these processes are:

Creating — Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work
Presenting — Interpreting and sharing artistic work
Responding — Understanding and evaluating how art conveys meaning
Connecting — Relating artistic ideas and work to larger meanings and context

The EPHS Art Program enables students to immerse themselves in these processes by working with a variety of forms, structures, materials, concepts, media and art-making approaches.


A Range of Options


Our classes challenge students to fuse imagination and reflection, creativity and problem solving, inspiration and persistence. 

The program's introductory course — Intro to Art — establishes the foundation by developing student skills in drawing, painting and ceramics.

Once students have completed the two-quarter prerequisite, they are well prepared to move on to more specialized courses in 2-D art (Drawing and Painting) and 3-D art (Ceramics and Sculpture).

In addition, students may take Photography I, which requires no previous coursework. 


AP Opportunities


Our curriculum also includes all three of the College Board's Advanced Placement courses in studio art. Brief descriptions of these classes are listed below.

► AP Studio Art: Drawing
This course, for 11th and 12th graders, calls for each student to create a portfolio of college-level work and to submit it for evaluation. Students explore drawing issues such as line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark-making through a variety of means, such as painting, printmaking or mixed media.

► AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
This course, for 11th and 12th graders, calls for each student to create a portfolio of college-level work and to submit it for evaluation. Students learn to use 2-D design principles to organize an image on a picture plane in order to communicate content, and they demonstrate their mastery through any two-dimensional medium or process.

► AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
This course, for 11th and 12th graders, calls for each student to create a portfolio of college-level work and to submit it for evaluation. Students explore sculptural issues and understand 3-D design principles as they relate to the integration of depth and space, volume and surface, and they demonstrate mastery through any three-dimensional approach.

Additional details about the full array of art courses available at EPHS can be found here.


To Learn More


For more information about the EPHS Art Program and the instruction it provides, please visit the links below.


Art Courses


► Art Faculty