Visual Arts

Students currently in 8th-11th grades may apply.

The Visual Arts Department creates a supportive and challenging arts environment that enables students to experience, first-hand, the discipline, knowledge and dedication required in the visual arts field. Artist-teachers and visiting artists serve as mentors to the student artist, introducing students to art history, contemporary art, and the principles of artistic form. In two- and three-dimensional studio classes, students are encouraged to concentrate on technical proficiency, creative problem solving and self-discovery. This focused curriculum increases confidence and skill, and allows students to explore new possibilities and become increasingly self-directed. In critiques, students are able to exercise their aptitude at art analysis and more accurately assess their own work and the work of others.

Include with your completed application:
Upload a picture(s) of the following TWO completed activities:

Activity ONE:

Create a drawing from direct observation. Drawing from “direct observation” means creating a drawing while looking at the real objects (not from a picture). The drawing should be drawn in pencil on an 8½” by 11" white piece of paper (regular copy paper). We recommend that your composition fill the whole page and that you use a full range of value (value means adding the lights and darks you see, using shading in your drawing). It is also suggested that you light the subject with a strong, direct light source to create highlights and shadows. Upload a photo of your completed drawing with your application.

Choose ONE from the following options to draw:

    • Draw a pair of your favorite shoes, hi-tops, sandals or dress shoes.
    • Draw an arrangement of two or three things that you like to collect.
    • Look around for, and then draw, a subject that is challenging and complex– such as a stack of glass cups, kitchen gadgets or an interesting plant.
    • Create a self-portrait with dramatic lighting, by looking in a mirror (you could include your favorite sunglasses or hat).

NOTE: A second OPTIONAL drawing may be included. The subject of the drawing can be anything you would like to draw.

Activity TWO:
Starting with a piece of white copy paper, alter it to change its shape from a 2-dimensional to a 3-dimensional form (2-dimensional means flat, only having height and width, while 3-dimensional means the object also has depth, like a sculpture). You can cut, fold, tape, glue, or do anything else that you want to the paper. We want to see your creative solution, so avoid following a pattern that someone else designed, (like an origami piece for instance). You may want to light your finished piece with a lamp to bring out the highlights and shadows. Take two or three pictures of your piece, with your phone or a camera, from different angles so that we can see all sides of it. Then upload the pictures with your application.

Following a review of the applications, selected students will be invited to a live virtual audition and asked to upload a portfolio prior to the audition.

Portfolio Review:
Selected students will be asked to upload a digital portfolio of carefully chosen examples of work prior to the student's scheduled audition day and time. Images of the work can be taken with a cell phone or a camera. Please be sure that the images are clear and present your portfolio at its best. To avoid glare on the image, it is recommended that work that is framed and under glass be taken out of the frame when photographing. Here (click here) is a video that may be helpful, made by our photography teacher, about how to take high quality images with your cell phone and available light.

Students should submit outstanding original work that demonstrates commitment and investment, with an emphasis on work from direct observation. Consider quality before quantity; up to 10 pieces are requested. Include a variety of media and approaches (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography are all accepted). All work should have been created within the last two years.

At the Audition:

    • You will be asked to create a sculptural piece with items you have in your home.
    • You will be asked to produce a drawing from direct observation.
    • You will be asked to write a response to an image of an artwork.
    • Faculty members will talk with you about your two activities, the written artwork response, reading ability, and your academic strengths.

Faculty

Photo of Jenny Leblanc

Jenny Leblanc

Visual Arts: Sculpture Visual Arts

Biography

A Marrero native, artist and educator Jenny LeBlanc holds degrees from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Louisiana State University (BFA in sculpture), and Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA in sculpture). She directs Hot Iron Press – a letterpress and silkscreen studio she founded in 2002 with her husband, artist Kyle Bravo. Situated in the Upper 9th Ward, Hot Iron Press serves not only as a printmaking studio, but also as a hub for support and promotion of grassroots arts activities. Via the press, LeBlanc has worked to implement such projects as The Rebuild Fund, Babylon Lexicon book arts exhibitions, the Hot Iron Press Artist Printmaking Residency Program, and several artistic collaborations with Bravo. LeBlanc is a founding member of The Front, an eminent New Orleans art collective and gallery. Her work, which often occurs at the intersection of performance, printmaking, and sculpture, has been exhibited widely in the US and also in Canada, Italy, and Japan.

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