Ascension Academy offers college preparatory art instruction to students through hands-on projects that reflect art created in professional art studios. The principles and elements of art are introduced and explored through comprehensive, multi-level technical instruction in drawing, graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, pastel, collage, encaustic, sculpture, mosaic and functional ceramic clay.
Cardinal artists also learn to view art objectively rather than subjectively through project critiques. Successful art critiques are based on respect for the art and the artist and center on pre-determined project criteria. Each student learns to examine, explore, and evaluate their own art and the art of others by asking questions, offering individual interpretation, and stating communicative intention.