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Visual Arts is an exploratory program designed for high school juniors and seniors who have an artistic interest, dedication and enthusiasm they wish to pursue in a structured course of study. The program is a carefully planned arts curriculum that promotes intellectual, aesthetic and emotional growth. Discipline is emphasized as an essential component of a personal work ethic.

Students take studio classes in drawing, graphics, color theory, two-dimensional design, and sculpture, as well as survey classes in art history, tracing visual arts from prehistory to contemporary philosophies. Studio assignments are designed to introduce the student to a variety of media and the nature of the creative process and art objects. The Visual Arts faculty also stresses the importance of the academic program as an integral part of each student's education.

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In its ninth year, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina is a collaborative program for recent high school graduates of the UNCSA Visual Arts Program.  The goals of the Kenan Fellowship are to promote life-long learning, stimulate experimentation and skill development, to extend student and artist career development opportunities through Penland’s network of peer professionals, and to share in Penland’s model educational learning environment. Learn more about the 2013 Kenan Fellows at Penland School of Crafts.