The focus of this course is to develop and complete a comprehensive body of work consisting of paintings and drawings that addresses a centralized theme with a written artist statement. Throughout the course, students will advance and evolve their aesthetic, concept, personal ideas and technical skills. Students are responsible for developing their portfolios by creating works that reflect their own individual voices. The instructor will give brief lectures and conduct demonstrations as needed. In addition, the instructor will give individual guidance through one-on-one discussion with each student as projects are developed. The development of the student’s body of work will culminate in an independent exhibition at George School. An ability to work independently on art projects is essential in this intensive class. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook and to work outside of class. Prior experience with a wide range of art materials is expected to showcase an effective and high quality portfolio. This course may be taken as AP or IB Visual Arts. Please see the AP or IB Visual Arts description.