NEW Albert Einstein HS#: 240-740-2700 (VAC Extension 1080)  


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The Visual Art Center (VAC) is a nationally recognized county-wide  

advanced art “Pre-College Portfolio Development Application Program.” 


The VAC was established by the Montgomery County School Board over forty years ago  

 and is located at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Maryland.   


 The primary goal of this “portfolio development program” is to provide an intensive 

 honors level,  4-year VAC curriculum in visual art with a strong foundation in classical drawing  

and painting techniques and two dimensional (2D) design processes.  


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 artusts.


In their time at the VAC, students develop a broader understanding of the fields of fine art, graphic 

 design, commercial arts, social media and to gain some perspective on potential careers in the visual arts.


Studies at the VAC include drawing, painting, applied graphic art, computer graphics, printmaking and sculpture.


Lessons consist of lectures, demonstrations, visual presentations, studio activities,

assigned research, group critiques, artist and gallery visits.


Students will 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.


In addition, VAC students have the opportunity to participate in the “NFAA/Young Arts,”

“National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards,” “NAACP- ACT-SO,”

“Congressional HS Art Competition” and many other local art competitions.


VAC students usually complete one or more College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

Studio Art Exams, Including: the 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 17 years, VAC students have won many national and local awards for their portfolios

and as a group have garnered over $45 million dollars in scholarship and grant offers.


The VAC is an M.C.P.S. “Application Program.” Qualifying Montgomery County students (9-12 grade)

enroll through a competitive "Application Day" process and can join the Visual Art Center Program 

at any time during the four years of their high school career.


15% of VAC Students are Cross-Scheduled with other high school programs and can

attend the VAC for two periods or more during the morning or afternoon sessions.

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  VAC1/Freshmen, VAC2/Sophomore and VAC3/Junior (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 VAC2/Sophomores and VAC3/Juniors (AP-2D Design) & VAC4/Seniors (AP-Drawing) curriculum.


The Visual Art Center program is designed to meet the needs of talented students.

Although the students will be part of a group, classes are small enough for individualized instruction.


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  

    MCPS Visual Art Center Faculty, Mygenet Harris and Jane Walsh 

    For More Information: NEW Albert Einstein HS#: 240-740-2700 (VAC Extension 1080) 


    Mission Statement: 

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 Goals 

 Provide an advanced level curriculum in the visual arts with an emphasis on 2D processes   

 with a strong foundation in design, art history and aesthetics.     

  Help students realize and achieve their full potential as young artists and to prepare them f

or careers in the visual arts, graphic design, communication and media and related fields.  

Assist students in their pursuit of future college education in fine art, communication, design,

animation, illustration through portfolio development and scholarship competition.    


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