Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

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Visual Arts

students completing an art project in the OLSH art studio

OLSH's visual arts program is very robust. From ceramics to digital photography, students can find projects to suit their varied interests. 

The Studio

The OLSH Art Studio is equipped with a rolling slab, four pottery wheels, and a large electric L&L kiln. Students have access to the studio during class periods and during study halls as availability allows.

The equipment available to our art students continues to be updated to provide our students with experience working with the most up-to-date technology. For example, digital photography students have access to five Cannon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS cameras and two Nikon DX cameras.

Colorful ceramic pots lined up after being fired in the kiln at OLSH

Empty Bowls Project

Each year, OLSH artisans meet every other week to create handcrafted bowls and plan the Empty Bowls event. Empty Bowls is in international project to fight hunger. At OLSH, members of the school community are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to Our Lady's Pantry, who in turn feeds the hungry in Coraopolis and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Art Club

The Art Club meets after school every Tuesday. Students in the club work on individual projects, but they also plan large, collaborative art projects. Students are able to explore the visual arts while sharing their interests and talents with their peers.

Scenery Design

Art students are invited to help to design and build the scenery for our annual spring musical. In 2014, OLSH won the Gene Kelly Award for Best Scenic Design. The students made the sets entirely out of recycled materials, reflecting the school's dedication to environmental awareness. 

Pit Firing

Clay pots in the ground in preparation for the annual pit firing at OLSH

Students in ceramics classes get to experience pit firing, the oldest known technique for firing pottery. Students dig a pit in the ground and place unfired pottery projects in the pit. The pottery is then covered in combustible material and the pit is set on fire. After the pottery cools, it is cleaned to reveal unique patterns and colors.