The Visual Arts Program
Our Fine Arts program offers two 3-year cycles of studies for students, one at the middle school level and one at the high school level. Courses offered include the following:
- Core Courses for two periods: Drawing I (Geometric Shapes, Still Life), Color (Still Life), Sketching, AP Studio Art
- Elective Courses: AP Art History, Ceramics or Sculpture（1-2 periods）, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (2 periods), Graphic Design (1-2 periods), Printmaking (1 period), Fashion Design (1 period), Fashion Club (extracurricular), Museums Visitations, and Plein Air Landscape Drawing.
Courses offered in the following academic year will be an advanced level of previous year’s courses. Students must receive 75% in each core course to remain in the Fine Arts program each year and to meet the requirements for a Northern Fine Arts Diploma.
Program Related Cost
Because the price of painting tools and materials vary in cost and quality, we recommend that the students buy their own. Teachers can assist in purchasing upon parent and student request. Cost estimate: pencils and paint brushes: $150, sketch and Chinese painting paper: $100-$200, color pencils and media for watercolor, Acrylic, oil, and Chinese paintings: $200 and up, clay: $50, sculpture kit: $100, printmaking: $100, other tools: $50, and field trip fees for transportation and tickets.
All applicants need to scan and email: 3 portrait sketches, 1 still life painting, and 1 drawing of any subject that you feel is meaningful.
New applicants (non-Northern students) should download General Application forms from the Admissions page.