Have you been interested in drawing since childhood? Curious of what to do with your passion for art? We are here to help. The Henderson County School of Fine Art's Visual Arts program is the pathway that will take your talent and develop it into skills that you can use for your college and professional careers. Our courses and instructors will help take your talent to the next level.
About The Program
Students at HCSoFA will develop skills in drawing, painting, and various other styles of visual art by participating in our specialized courses over 4 years. We designed the visual art pathway as a launching pad for successful college careers. The goal of the visual art program is to get the students observing and thinking about the world around them. In doing so, the students transition from passive to active observers and then finally problem solvers as they embark on projects to communicate their thoughts with others.
Visual Arts Instructors
2016 marked Mr. Ettensohn's twenty-fifth year of teaching art. Ettensohn was born and raised in Henderson. He attended Henderson County High School where he took all the art classes he could. Yes, that meant he had his father, David Ettensohn (aka Mr. E), for his teacher as well as Mrs. Neel Whitledge. This experience ultimately led him to choose teaching art as his career path. With his dad being a teacher and his mom being a nurse, he learned early in life the gift that being service-minded brought to one’s life. After high school he attended the University of Kentucky where he was able to study under Dr. George Szekely, a premiere leader in art education. After graduating from UK he returned home to work as a project manager for Skinner-Groves, an architectural firm, before accepting a position teaching art at what was then known as North Junior High School. During his six years at NJHS he became known as the young Mr. E. In 1998 his father retired, and he was hired at Henderson County High School to teach art. This was and is a surreal experience for Brian. He continues to teach in the same classroom he took art classes in, where his father taught for 28 years.
Mrs. Katie Giles grew up in Henderson County, right outside the city limits. She went to college at the University of Kentucky in 2005, but wasn’t fond of the big city life. She returned home in the summer of 2007, and finished her degree at the University of Southern Indiana, where she graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education. Giles began teaching art in 2010, right out of college, in Webster County, Ky. From there, she continued her passion for teaching with Henderson County Schools at North Middle School in 2012. While teaching at North Middle School, Giles gained her Master’s of Teaching in Special Education from the University of the Cumberlands. In 2017, Giles made the transition back to her alma mater, Henderson County High School, to teach art classes that she once took as a student. This experience is a dream for her, and she is excited to learn new things along the way. Giles, her husband Ryan, and daughter Ava, currently live in Henderson with no plans of moving away.
SoFA Visual Arts Program Pathway
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- English 1 or Adv English 1 or Adv English 2
- Algebra Concepts or Adv Algebra 1 or Adv Geometry
- IPS or Adv IPS Or APES
- World Civ or Adv World Civ or AP World History
- PE And Health
- Computer Applications
- Art 1
- English 2 or Adv English 2 or AP Seminar
- Algebra 1 or Adv Geometry or Adv Algebra 2
- Biology 0r Adv Biology Amer Studies or AP Gov’t
- Art 2
- AP Art History or Art 3
- English 3 or AP English 3
- Geometry or Adv Algebra 2 or AP Calculus
- Chemistry or Adv Chemistry
- US History or AP US History
- AP 2D Design
- AP Art History or Art 3
- English 4 or AP English 4
- Algebra 2 or AP Calculus/AP Statistics/College Alg
- College path 4th Science
- AP Drawing
- AP 2D Design
- Art Studio
*5 Required Courses include Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, AP Art 2D and AP Drawing and Capstone Submission