"The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness." -Max Eastman
Students may develop their artistic abilities through a wide range of classes offered. They are as follows:
- Survey of The Visual Arts
- Drawing I & II
- Clayworks I & II
- 3-D Sculptural Forms
- Design Fundamentals
- Exploring Painting
- Advanced Studio Art
- Advanced Placement Studio Art in Drawing , 2-D and 3-D Design
The Art Association is an extra-curricular activity open to any student wishing to learn and gain experience in the visual arts.
At the beginning of the second semester in February each year there is The St. Pius X Annual Juried Exhibit where students are invited to submit their work to be judged by an outside juror.
This is an exciting event and the reception and exhibit in the Fine Arts Wing is well attended.
Born in Jamaica and educated in both the United Kingdom and the United States, Ms. Brannon holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London, and an M.F.A. degree in Printmaking from The University of Georgia. She is currently a member of The Atlanta Printmaker's Studio and her work has been exhibited in a number of juried exhibitions across the United States and in London. Ms. Brannon has taught at St. Pius X since 2000.
Above: Some photos from the recent AP Field Trip to White, GA where students took great photos of old vintage cars in various states of "rust."
Clayworks 1 Field trip to The Carlos Museum at Emory University
Atlanta sculptor Martin Dawe demonstrating to the 3-D Sculptural Forms class how to model a portrait bust in clay at the Cherrylion Studio on Morris Street. Martin Dawe has been commissioned to make many of the memorable sculptures in and around Atlanta, including his latest commission of Martin Luther King which will be in position in front of the State capitol by next year.
The first Art teacher at St. Pius X was Mary Hutchinson. She was one of a small number of lay teachers that were hired during the beginning years of the school's history, and was a member of the faculty from 1959 to 1967.
In the Fall of 1967, Carol Sutherland joined the faculty. Her memories of those first days as the art teacher at St. Pius X show how far we have come as a department. Located in the Freshman hall, the Visual Arts room was painted gray and had a raised level at one end, which acted as a podium of sorts for still life arrangements. With the exception of a stack of magnolia drawings left in a cupboard, there was virtually no equipment.
During her time at St. Pius X, Carol Sutherland helped to expand the arts program; installing our first kiln for pottery classes, and also setting up the Fall Arts Festival which ran for a week each year. The festival brought together both the Fine Arts Department and other classes throughout the school in a celebration of the arts. For example, in 1976, the Home Economics class sponsored a fashion show and cooking demonstrations and an appearance by The Vagabond Marionettes.
In 1986, Sharon (Devaney) Mueller was hired She initiated many changes, giving much of her creative energy to help develop the Visual Arts at St. Pius X. Sharon Mueller started the Advanced Placement class, and developed a curriculum based art program. During her time at St. Pius X, the visiting artist series was also started, helping to enrich the students' learning experience. The art room also benefited from the in-put of other teachers who taught alongside Sharon Mueller on a part-time basis. Among these were Susan Arenson (a St. PIus X alumni) and Carol Sutherland who returned to teach for a time.
In 1998 the art room was expanded and many new features were added, including a larger kiln and beautiful tables and countertops.
In 2000, Ms. Corinna Brannon joined the faculty at St. Pius X and on January 3, 2005 the art room moved into the new Fine Arts wing. The Visual Arts classroom had finally joined the rest of the Fine Arts’ classrooms and is now situated in the room with the large glass windows at the corner of the school. In the spring of 2005 the St.PIus X Annual Juried Art Exhibition was held for the first time. Artists and professionals from the art world within the Atlanta community are invited to judge the students' work each year. This has become an annual event at St. Pius that showcases the best of our students' work.
Each teacher has brought their own expertise to bear in the instruction of the students and have shared their gifts. It is on their shoulders and those who have so generously given that the new Fine Arts wing firmly rests.