OLSH's visual arts program is very robust. From ceramics to digital photography, students can find projects to suit their varied interests.
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, our digital photography students have access to our newly updated equipment, including five Cannon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS cameras and two Nikon DX cameras.
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.
Our art students, under the guidance of Mrs. Mallory Hurley, Art Teacher and Department Head, 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.
Students in the 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.