MCPS VISUAL ART CENTER PROGRAM
VISUAL ART CENTER (VAC) IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED COUNTY-WIDE
ART “PRE-COLLEGE PORTFOLIO
DEVELOPMENT MCPS ART MAGNET PROGRAM.”
THE VAC WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOL
BOARD IN 1974
THE VAC IS LOCATED AT ALBERT EINSTEIN
HIGH SCHOOL IN KENSINGTON, MARYLAND.
The VAC offers a
comprehensive, rigorous, advanced studio art curriculum with an emphasis on “portfolio
development” that helps students realize and achieve their full potential
as visual artists. In their time at the
VAC, students develop a broader understanding of the fields of fine
art, graphic design, commercial arts, social media and gain
some perspective on potential careers in the visual arts. Students have the
opportunity to become a part of an active art community of peers as they learn and
develop their own individual "artistic voice" in a broad range of
media. The Visual Art Center program is designed to meet the needs of talented students.
VAC students usually
complete one or more College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art Exams (AP
2-D, Drawing and 3-D portfolio exams.) Most VAC graduates
go on to study fine art or related fields at liberal arts colleges, university art
programs and many prestigious art colleges. Over the last 20 years,
VAC students have won many national and local awards for their portfolios and
as a group have garnered over $50 million dollars in scholarship and grant
The VAC is one of the M.C.P.S.
Magnet “Application Programs.” Students apply to the VAC through the MCPS Magnet portal and attend an "VAC Application Day" in December where students wi have the opportunity to present their existing artwork, a teacher recommendation and to complete an "onsite" drawing session and an interview. The competitive application process occurs in late fall of each school year for acceptance and enrollment for the next school
year. 15% of VAC Students
are Cross-Scheduled with other MCPS high school programs and can attend the
VAC for two periods during the morning session for Freshmen
and either morning or afternoon sessions for grades 10-12. MCPS DOES NOT PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN SCHOOLS.
There are three
daily sessions between 7:45 AM and 2:30 PM.There are two double
period morning sessions (Periods 1/2 & 3/4) that are focused
on Grade 9/VAC1, Grade 10/VAC2 and Grade 11/VAC3 (AP-2D
Design) curriculum. There are two double
periods (5/6 & 6/7) sections and a triple period (5,6,7) section in
the afternoon for Grade 10/VAC2 and Grade 11/VAC3 (AP-2D Design)
& Grade 12/VAC4(AP-Drawing) curriculum.
VAC CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
· demonstrations, seminars, and lectures
· concentrated study and work in a variety of mediums
· field study and observations
· group and individual critiques and exhibitions
· college and career counseling
· Advanced Placement exams and scholarship competitions
· College presentations and portfolio reviews
Studies at the VAC include; exploration of drawing, painting, applied graphic design and other traditional and digital media. Lessons consist of lectures, demonstrations, visual presentations, studio activities, assigned research, group critiques, artist and gallery visits. In addition, VAC students have the opportunity to participate in the “NFAA/Young Arts,” National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards,” “NAACP- ACT-SO,” the “Congressional HS Art Competition” and many other local art competitions.
Options Fair Slide Show
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.
VISUAL ART CENTER
advanced level curriculum in the visual arts with an emphasis on
2D processes with a strong foundation in design, art history and
realize and achieve their full potential as young artists and to prepare them for
careers in the visual arts, graphic design, communication and
media and related fields.
in their pursuit of future college education in fine art, communication,
design, animation, illustration through portfolio development and
MCPS Visual Art Center Faculty, Mygenet Harris and Jane Walsh
For More Information: NEW Albert Einstein HS#: 240-740-2700 (VAC Extension 1080)