The Art Department of Elder High School

The storied history of the Art Department began at Elder High School in Cincinnati, OH in 1961.  However, the real beginning and spirit of the Art Department began to materialize by March of 1960 when Father Robert Hasselhoff started conducting once-a-week art discussion groups after school for any students who were interested in art.  Elder High School is a Roman Catholic secondary school that seeks to serve the Price Hill Community and to offer young men a wide variety of physical, intellectual, moral, cultural, and social endowments. Since it began, countless number of artists, designers, photographers, and art educators have emerged from this program.  For our students today, the educational process begins with the young man himself: his strengths and his weakness. 

The Art Dept. was founded on these very principles that outlined in the student handbook and will continue the history has it emphasizes to its students that it is the process versus the product that, in the end, has more profound meaning to our lives.  Our current art curriculum believes that all of our student will be able to achieve the following objectives once they have completed the program:

  • Interpret social and cultural contexts to develop personal meaning in visual imagery and artwork.

  • Interpret and evaluate the way a theme or concept in an artwork expresses the social, political or cultural context.

  • Compare and contrast contextual issues in artworks from different cultures and historical periods.

  • Demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments regarding the relationships between artists and culture.

  • Envision and explain how technology impacts visual art and literacy. 

  • Apply self-direction, independence and purposed approaches when defining and solving a visual design problem.

  • Demonstrate advanced technical skills and craftsmanship with various art media when creating images from observation, memory and imagination.

  • Use criteria to revise works-in-progress and describe changes made and what was learned in the process.

  • Contribute to a portfolio of works that demonstrates technical skill, a range of media and various original solutions to visual art problems.

  • Select, organize and prepare artworks for exhibition.

  • Create original artworks that demonstrate the ability to select, use and vary available digital tools and innovative technologies.        

  • Apply art criticism methods and inquiry skills as viewer, critic and consumer of visual images produced by new media and media arts.

  • Apply assessment practices to select, organize and present personal artworks that document their understanding of visual art and literacy concepts.

  • Apply inquiry and analytic processes when viewing, judging and consuming visual content and images produced by new media and media arts.

  • Defend personal philosophies of art based on a connection to aesthetic theories and visual culture.