Visual Arts

“Great creations start with a creative mind”


The elements of art and principles of design are the foundation of the SBHS Visual Arts Department. The Visual Arts classes are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in basic art skills and techniques. We teach our students how to be creative thinkers as well as how to look, talk, and write about art. We focus on drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media.

Our curriculum is based on the NC Standards for Visual Art. Students will learn how to connect visual arts to history, culture, heritage, and other disciplines such as math, science, and language arts. Additionally, we teach our students how to analyze and discuss art verbally and in writing. Students critique their own work and the works of others, as art critiques are essential to the growth of an artist.


Students auditioning for art will be required to draw a picture from observation on the day of auditions.


Our students were recently granted the opportunity to participate in a local grant project called Artsy Alley. A strong team of 6th – 8th grade students completed two large murals representing Wilson’s agricultural history. The murals are located downtown between the Centre Brick parking lot beside the new Whirligig Station redevelopment project and Barnes Street next to P.L. Woodard Hardware Store.

We enter many art competitions throughout the year, and have had past students win Gold Key awards in the National Scholastic Arts Awards.

Students in our elementary program have won the “NC Farm to School Calendar Art Competition.” We regularly seek opportunities to participate in public art projects and contests.



Ms. Carrie Nobles earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Howard University. She is a professional artist and has exhibited her work in many galleries and museums nationally. Her goal is to provide students with a rich art experience that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and visual literacy. She helps students gain the skills they need to communicate their ideas effectively and make art that is personal and meaningful to them. She wants to empower students to think outside of the box and work like mini professional artists. See more of her work at

Mr. Dwight Mitchell is a professional artist and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barton College. Using media such as pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and oils, Mr. Mitchell finds limitless creativity in producing new art creations. “Art has been a part of the foundation of my life. The joy and relaxation that it brings keeps the flow of art running through my body.”