MCPS VISUAL ART CENTER PROGRAM
THE VISUAL ART CENTER (VAC) IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED “PRE-COLLEGE" ART PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT COUNTY-WIDE MAGNET PROGRAM.
THE VAC WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOE IN 1974
THE VAC IS LOCATED AT ALBERT EINSTEIN HIGH SCHOOL, KENSINGTON, MD
Established in 1974, the MCPS Visual Art Center (VAC) is a nationally recognized portfolio preparation program located in Albert Einstein High School. The VAC is the honors level/AP, pre-college, art portfolio development countywide magnet. The VAC offers students a broad perspective of the visual arts and deepens their understanding of the opportunities for art-related careers through exposure to contemporary artists, artwork, and studio practice. The VAC curriculum provides a series of art problems for students to solve with projects that stimulate the development of creativity and critical thinking. As students mature artistically, they are encouraged to investigate and develop their own personal voice and style. VAC graduates have pursued study in fine art and digital art fields, such as animation, arts administration, arts education, fashion design, film, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, product design, television, transportation design, environmental design, theater lighting, and set design. This rigorous and comprehensive program enables students to realize and achieve their full potential in visual art.
Students will have the opportunity to:
- Explore drawing, painting, mixed mediums, applied graphic design and other traditional and digital media.
- Lessons consist of demonstrations, visual presentations, studio activities, assigned research, group critiques, college application support and guidance, college rep presentations /portfolio reviews, artist and gallery visits.
- In addition, VAC students have the opportunity to participate in national competitions such as: Young Arts, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, NAACP- ACT-SO, Congressional HS Art Competition. Students also enter many other local art competitions and gallery shows.
- VAC students often win national, regional, and local awards, as well as scholarships to some of the country’s most prestigious schools.
The Visual Art Center provides a rigorous fine arts program designed as an advanced level art curriculum directed toward portfolio development for students pursuing scholarship to collage and careers in the visual arts.
MCPS Visual Art Center Faculty:
Mygenet Harris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Harnish: email@example.com