This introductory course to Visual Concepts introduces students to the processes, tools, principles, and elements of design for various art forms. The curriculum incorporates art history from pre-historic times to current day art and integrates aesthetics with art production.
This 3-week semester course is offered for first time credit, for credit grade replacement, or for non-credit enrichment in preparation for taking the course in the future. Please check with your school regarding credit from outside institutions.
Izel Vargas is a dynamic professional mixed media artist with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Texas - Pan American (now University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley) and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He has worked for various art centers and taught at the college level for over 12 years while maintaining an active studio practice and exhibition record. He has been a member of the American Heritage School Fine Arts Department for three years.
Shannon Wade has taught art classes at American Heritage School for 15 years. Of those 15, 12 summers were spent teaching Visual Concepts at American Heritage Summer Institute. Shannon developed the Visual Concepts curriculum which has been taught for the past 13 years. She has a BFA in Art and a K-12 Art teaching degree. She also has an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Miami. Shannon has taught grades 6-12 and also has experience teaching Art Appreciation/ History at the college level.
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll. A specific teacher is not guaranteed. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording. Students must be age appropriate for the course. Young children must be supervised by a parent at all times. It is the parent’s responsibility to check with their child’s school when seeking credit for a course.