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 one-semester prerequisite, they are well prepared to move on to more specialized courses in 2D art (e.g., Drawing, Painting) and 3D art (e.g., Ceramics and Sculpture).
Our curriculum also includes three Advanced Placement courses in studio art:
► 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: 2D 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 2D 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: 3D 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 3D design principles as they relate to the integration of depth and space, volume and surface, and they demonstrate mastery through any three-dimensional approach.
To Learn More
Descriptions of EPHS art courses as well as a directory of the program's faculty can be found here: