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Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts provides students with a solid foundation in the visual arts field. The course of study includes instruction in traditional media; drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and photography, as well as newer forms, such as digital media and mixed media. The curriculum provides a balance between technical skill acquisition and concept development through emphasis on art history, design and aesthetics. Study in this program results in the development of an individualized artistic portfolio that prepares a student for further study in college or a professional career.

program of studies

Grade 9

  • 2D Studio Art 1
  • 3D Studio Art 1
  • Design 1
  • Digital Photography 1
  • Foundations of Art

Grade 10

  • 2D Studio Art 2
  • 3D Studio Art 2
  • Art History 1
  • Digital Media 1
  • Photography 1 

Grade 11

  • 2D Studio Art 3
  • 3D Studio Art 3
  • Art History 2
  • Digital Media 2
  • Figure Drawing
  • Photography 2

Grade 12

  • Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Advanced 2D Studio Art
  • Advanced 3D Studio Art
  • AP Studio
  • Mixed Media Studio
  • Senior Exhibition/
  • Portfolio

Additional Options

Grade 9

  • Ceramics 1
  • Digital Photography 2
  • Drawing 1
  • Drawing 2
  • Painting 1
  • Photography 1
  • Printmaking 1
  • Sculpture 1

Grade 10

  • Design 2
  • Drawing 2, 3 or 4
  • Ceramics 2
  • Sculpture 2
  • Painting 1 or 2
  • Portfolio
  • Printmaking 1 or 2

Grade 11

  • Ceramics 3
  • Design 2
  • Drawing 4
  • Painting 2 or 3
  • Photography 3
  • Printmaking 1 or 2
  • Portfolio
  • Sculpture 3
  • Special Topics
  • Studio

Grade 12

  • Advanced Figures
  • Advanced Studio 1 or 2
  • Ceramics 4
  • Experimental Drawing
  • Painting 3 or 4
  • Photography 4
  • Printmaking 1 or 2
  • Sculpture 4
  • Special Topics Studio

 

faculty

 

 

Todd Geiman

Todd Geiman

Todd Geiman has been a Visual Arts Educator since 1990 after graduating from Frostburg State University in Maryland, with a B.S. Degree in Art Education. He received his Interdisciplinary M.ED. from Frostburg State University in 2002. After teaching 11 years at Boonsboro Middle School he transferred to Boonsboro High where he taught for an additional 11 years. In 2012 he joined the staff of Barbara Ingram to become the second full time visual arts teacher.
Mr. Geiman truly believes in the transformative power of the arts. Being “saved” by finding himself through the creative process of ceramics and sculptural arts in college, Todd now uses his talents to help high school students discover their creative force.
Mr. Geiman is constantly involved in the creative process. His love of pottery and wheel thrown ceramics keeps him busy as he sells his work privately and commercially. He produces functional and decorative ceramics using a variety of building processes. His favorite of which is the potter’s wheel. “I find working on the wheel to be almost medicinal. It’s like I get lost in what I’m making. My focus becomes so deep. I’m completely engrossed in the process. It helps to center me as a person. It helps to make me feel complete.”
Mr. Geiman also enjoys creating sculptural works of art using a variety of media. His work often tends to be instrumental as he is very much interested in shifting perspectives and promoting positive social and environmental change. His effort is to create sculptural works of art that move people to act for the betterment of society. As an active exhibiting artist, Mr. Geiman has received recognition for two consecutive years for his sculptures. In 2017 and 2018 he received the People’s Choice Award from Washington County Art Council.
Todd feels very fortunate to have worked with so many amazing people. “Teaching is hands down the best occupation ever. It’s afforded me the opportunity to share the magic of art with so many people.” He is quite happy being a part of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts faculty and working with so many dedicated individuals, both colleagues and students.

 

Ms. Brandy Merchant       

Brandy

Brandy Merchant, head teacher of the 2D Visual Arts here at BISFA, has taught in Maryland schools for twenty- three years, the last 13 years for the International Baccalaureate Visual Art Program and is currently an examiner for IBO. Ms. Merchant attended Columbus College of Art and Design, Frostburg State University, and University of Maryland. Her passions include: traveling, spending time with family and friends.  Her professional time is devoted to instilling a life long love for learning, creating, and enjoying art of all disciplines

 

Ms. Tina Cavanaugh

Visual Arts Adjunct Teacher

tina

Ms. Cavanaugh has taught art to students in grades k-12  for 27 years in a number of school settings. She has a Masters of Interdisciplinary Education with a concentration in Art and Theatre from Frostburg State University. She has also been a high school marching band director. Painting with acrylics and collage have been the focus of her art about nature.  Along with a passion for art, theatre and music she enjoys time with her animals.
 

 

Mark Youngblood 

Visual Arts Adjunct Teacher

Mark Youngblood

Mark Youngblood, photography teacher at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts as an Artist in residence since the opening of the school in 2009. Classes include Digital Photography 1 and 2, Photography 2 and 3. Mr. Youngblood is the owner of Youngblood Studios and a professional photographer for over 30 years. Attended Hagerstown Community College and then Shepherd University. Mr. Youngblood holds memberships in several professional photography organizations, including being named commercial and portrait photographer of the year in the state of Maryland.

 

Bryce Berger

Visual Arts Adjunct Teacher

Berger

A passionate entrepreneur and media production specialist, Mr. Bryce T. Berger owns and operates 3 businesses in 2 states assuming the roles of DP, director, multimedia designer, CEO, estimator, colorist, editor and teacher, among others. As an Adobe Certified Associate of Video Communication and a Google Street View trusted photographer, he holds over 15 international and domestic film awards and honors. A proud graduate of Barbara Ingram’s class of 2011, Mr. Berger has gone on to study cyber security, computer forensics, business and marketing at Blue Ridge CTC. Mr. Berger is a young, creative and ambitious individual dedicated to learning and inspiring others to succeed.