Pursue your passions
The Visual Arts program is designed to meet the needs of students who are preparing for the competitive world of art schools and other art related fields. Students should demonstrate an intense interest in creating art and openness and enthusiasm for learning about art and artists. This intensive program stresses drawing and a variety of two- and three-dimensional activities. In addition, students gain an understanding of current and historic artworks and ideas through special classes, contacts with artists, and museum and gallery visits.
See our Visual Arts students
share their talents
From performances to gallery exhibitions, every MHSA student gets the chance to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community.
Visual Arts Faculty
Carrie Hoelzerhoelzec@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7145
Courses: Senior Studio, Courses, AP Senior studio, Drawing and DesignRead Carrie Hoelzer's Bio
Sue Lamblambsm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7026
Courses: ART FOUNDATIONS, ART FOR NON-MAJORS, AP STUDIO ART, Courses, IMAGE TECHNOLOGYRead Sue Lamb's Bio
Amanda Wojnarwojnaraj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7153
Courses: PRINCIPALS OF DRAWING & PAINTING, SCULPTURE, ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING, AP Studio ArtRead Amanda Wojnar's Bio
Visual Arts Courses
ART FUNDAMENTALSPrerequisite: Art major
Length: Year/1 unit
Art Fundamentals is an introduction to the basic skills and knowledge needed by the art student. The class includes studio work in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and multi-cultural art history. The emphasis will be on art as a form of human communication.
PRINCIPALS OF DRAWING & PAINTINGPrerequisite: Art major
Length: Year/1 unit
This is a required freshman level course for all art majors designed to enhance competence in drawing and painting skills as a process and a product. Student will work with a variety of materials and techniques to make effective visual statements in traditional manners.
SCULPTURELength: Year/1 unit
This advanced art course that is designed for students that have success fully completed the Art Foundations course (AR 111, AR1212). Students will experience additive, subtractive and new dimensions in the area of sculpture. Students will work with wood, plaster and found objects in a series of sculpture units. Beginning with two-dimensional sketches, students will work to bring these sketches to completion in a three-dimensional form. These units are structured from basic to complex and offer a sequential approach that build on each other. Other possible areas for exploration include environmental pieces, public art, earthworks and even work created using innovative materials such as light, plastic, sound, air and even electronics
ART FOUNDATIONSLength: 1 year
DRAWING AND DESIGNLength: 1 year
ART HISTORYLength: 1 year
ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTINGTeacher: Wojnar
AP Studio ArtPrerequisite: Juniors
Length: 1 year
Senior StudioLength: Semester
ART FOR NON-MAJORSTeacher: Lamb
AP STUDIO ARTTeacher: Lamb
AP Senior studioTeacher: Hoelzer
Drawing and DesignTeacher: Hoelzer
IMAGE TECHNOLOGYPrerequisite: None
Audition to be a Visual Arts Student
Milwaukee High School of the Arts is an Early Admissions school. Our admissions process begins in October of the prior school year. Any student interested in enrolling must submit a written application, take a mandatory audition in one of the arts areas, and submit their most recent report card, attendance records and state assessment results (most recent, from WKCE, Terra Nova or MAP).
To audition for the Visual Arts area, a student must bring three portfolio pieces:
- A self-portrait: A drawing done of your face while looking in a mirror. Do not work from a photograph.
- A still life drawing: Thoughtfully arrange 3 objects on a flat surface and draw them with a pencil. The objects might include nuts, rocks, sticks, pods, shells, bones, fruit, leaves, etc. Indicate shadows and values by use of light and dark.
- A piece of your choice done within the past year: This piece may include a drawing, painting, print, sculpture, collage, original photograph, video, pottery, textile, etc. You may bring a photo if the pieces are too large or fragile. All work should be in a folder or envelope with your name printed on the front. Do not bring cartoons, superhero images, or copied work.
The student must also bring a a letter of recommendation—This letter should be written by a teacher you have had within the last 2-3 years for a class. While we would prefer that it is from an art teacher, it is not required to be from an art teacher. The letter should touch on areas such as your attitude in class, attendance, behavior, performance in class, and art ability.