Visual Arts Pathway

The Visual Arts Pathway provides students with an opportunity to explore art as a viable industry, develop their artistic voice, creativity, and technical abilities.

Students receive a wealth of real world experiences as well as explore various mediums from photography, sculpture/ceramics, studio drawing/painting to digital art, and fashion illustration. Students gain an understanding of art as history, commercialism, and its contemporary use within our society. Field trips to local museums and universities afford students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the art world to ensure that their experience is comprehensive.

Career Preparation

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Studio art at Northwood High SchoolPractical Experiences

  • Museum and Gallery visits
  • Professional art submissions and exhibitions
  • Career Related Internships & Presentations
  • Public Art Commissions
  • College Seminars & Visits


  • Certificate of Completion from MCPS
  • Notification on Official Transcript
  • Distinctive Recognition of Pathway Completion at Graduation

Capstone Project

Art at Northwood High SchoolWhat is a Capstone Project?

Capstone projects are generally designed to encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, or goal setting—i.e., skills that will help prepare them for college, modern careers, and adult life. In most cases, the projects are also interdisciplinary, in the sense that they require students to apply skills or investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge. Capstone projects also tend to encourage students to connect their projects to community issues or problems, and to integrate outside-of-school learning experiences, including activities such interviews, scientific observations, or internships.

Present a portfolio of work, analyze an event and/or issue providing an artistic solution and reflections, or develop a presentation that comprises your art experiences and career goals that demonstrate:

  1. Your growth as a learner
  2. Your effectiveness as a leader
  3. Your recognized accomplishments
  4. Your contributions toward the enhancement of the community

Portfolio: Students will document their Academy Experiences and students will present their portfolios as part of their Capstone Project.

Collaborative Work Between Studio Art & Anatomy Classes

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