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Visual Arts

Boulder High School


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Three full-time visual arts educators offer an arts-rich environment where students develop their own unique voices through the creation of authentic works of art.

Our teachers are practicing artists who seek to give students a feeling of personal satisfaction through the creative process while developing individual skills in the various areas of visual art. Students also compete in local, state, and national art shows and competitions.

Please​ visit the Boulder High Visual Arts Website

Link to COVA: Community of Visual Artists​​.

View the Visual Arts course selection presentation​.

 Program Information

To meet BVSD graduation requirements, students need 5 credits in either visual arts or music. We encourage students to take many visual arts courses to become a well-rounded creative thinker. All visual arts classes qualify for the Boulder High Arts Focus Pathway Program (scroll down for information on this program).

The extensive fine art program is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of art history and artistic judgment. We seek to give students a feeling of confidence and satisfaction through the creative process to help them develop individual skills and an individual voice in the various areas of art. Students develop a high-quality portfolio of work, which they can retain. Many students receive merit scholarships for art school and/or college.

Artistically talented 9th graders wishing to take Drawing/Painting 1 or Studio Art 1 must be confident drawing and shading realistically.

Attention: California public colleges require two fine art semester classes for admittance. These classes do not need to be sequential.

 National Art Honor Society

​The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding Visual Arts high school students. NAHS serves to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Artistry, Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ To be eligible for NAHS students will exhibit the following qualities:

  • Be a first semester senior
  • Be in attendance at Boulder High for at least one previous semester
  • Possess a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA non-weighted
  • Possess a minimum “A-” average in all visual arts courses
  • Completed a Level 2 visual art course or higher
  • Excellent Visual Artwork
  • An active Arts Focus Pathway student
  • Challenges themselves artistically and academically
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Inspirational visual art student to others
  • Share their art expertise with others
  • Uses their art to help others

All finalists are presented to the faculty, staff, and administration for character confirmation.
The Visual Art Faculty decides on the selection or nonselection of a student.
Annual dues of $30 are due at the first meeting.​

Link to Candidate Application and Additional NAHS Information​.

Link to NAHS page on the Boulder High Visual Arts website.

 Boulder Arts Focus Pathway

Boulder High School is proud to offer the Boulder Arts Focus Pathway (BAFP). ​This is an exciting program for students who have a passion for the visual and performing arts to earn an endorsement on their diploma for completing courses in the arts, mentoring with local artists, and making art an integral part of their lives. Colleges, universities,​​ and employers will recognize the creative problem solving, innovative ideas, and collaboration of this select group of emerging student visual and performing artists.​​​​

About BAFP

Mission: The mission of the Boulder High School Arts Focus Pathway (BAFP) is to provide a comprehensive education in the visual arts and performing arts, which will enable students to succeed in the diverse global societies of the 21st century.

Rationale: Boulder High School firmly believes that the visual arts and performing arts strengthen cognitive and emotional development as students learn to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers who are globally aware, as well as lifelong advocates for the arts with sophisticated senses of visual literacy. BAFP students acquire a strong appreciation of art and skills to decipher, evaluate, and comprehend meaning in our contemporary world. Visual and performing arts graduates will leave BAFP w​ith a strong portfolio and will be prepared for a career in the visual and/or performing arts. Gifted and talented visual and performing artists will be challenged to develop to their highest potential during their high school years. Current technologies will be utilized to create art. We seek to graduate visual and performing art students in the 21st century who have the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics that will make this world a safer, more thoughtful, and more inclusive place in which to live. Not only the Boulder Arts Focus Pathway students, but also all BHS students will benefit from the increased opportunities of the BAFP.​​


The overarching goal for the BAFP is to increase the quantity and the quality of learning experiences that enable all students to meet and exceed high standards of achievement by creating, performing, and responding to the arts in the school culture, courses, and extracurricular opportunities. In the process of achieving this broad goal, the subgoals are to

  • Provide students with an opportunity to expand and focus their arts education in order to achieve more learning.
  • Increase the quality and expertise of course offerings in the visual and performing arts with assistance from counseling, arts teachers, school recruiters, and community businesses.
  • Increase community involvement opportunities for art students to “apprentice” with local visual and performing artists.
  • Create partnerships among BHS students and staff, arts and cultural organizations, higher education, and other agencies in order to advance our visual arts education program.
  • Increase professional development opportunities for arts instructors.
  • Increase visual and performing arts opportunities at the local, state, and national levels appropriate for each student’s optimal development in the arts.


Students graduate with a Boulder Arts Focus endorsement on their diploma at several levels. (Students have approximately 70 discretionary credits available during their 4 years at BHS.)

  • Arts Novice Focus = 20-30 credits
  • Arts Apprentice Focus = 35-50 credits
  • Arts Master Focus = 55+ credits
  • Renaissance Focus = crossover courses in three or more distinct areas. Minimum: Novice/20 credits to attain Renaissance Focus​​

​Outside of School Opportunities

Students will take part in visual and performing arts opportunities outside of the school day, thereby embedding the arts in their everyday lives. This will be done by completing a minimum number of hours attending arts events, taking lessons, participating in performances, or apprenticing in the arts community with a professional organization or individual artist. Each BAFP student will meet a minimum number of hours, which are as follows:

  • Freshman = 5+ hours per semester
  • Sophomore = 10+ hours per semester
  • Junior = 15+ hours per semester
  • Senior = 20+ hours per semester

We encourage upperclassmen to mentor with an artist/arts organization in the community in a career they are interested in. BAFP will match students with an opportunity. Parents will be required to meet with the volunteer, approve the mentorship, and supervise the “apprenticeship.” A teacher and the BAFP coordinator will assist in this opportunity.​


​Students may apply in any semester.

  1. Counselors and teachers provide guidance toward courses and timelines to fit in basic requirements and arts credits for graduation. Catalog flow charts, handouts, and personal meetings will be utilized toward this end.
  2. Students will be able to personalize their arts experience by choosing courses to fit needs and interests.
  3. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in BAFP and 2.5 GPA at BHS. If the GPA falls below the minimum, students, parents, counselors, an art teacher, and an administrator will meet to develop a plan for the student. If after a semester of probation, the student fails to improve the overall GPA, a second meeting will be established to assess and possibly remove the student from BAFP, if necessary, each on a case-by-case basis. A school administrator will be in charge of identifying and setting up meetings.​​






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