Lower School Visual Arts
In lower school art, students are introduced to a variety of mediums including clay building, painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage. One of the main goals of the art program in the Lower School is to familiarize students with the art studio, teach them to navigate safely through the space, and provide them with the building blocks to evolve into independent artists. Throughout the school year, students develop an art vocabulary, which promotes independence and confidence when asking for materials or speaking about their work. Art lessons are designed for students to discover the properties of the materials through a guided exploration process. They are encouraged to explore these new materials with their attention on the process of creating art, rather than working to complete a specific task.
After students have proved their basic knowledge of the materials, they begin to work on projects with specific goals. They also begin to formulate ideas for up-coming projects, and develop an understanding of the visual arts in relationship to the outside world. Students learn to ask for the specific materials they need at the appropriate time, and are encouraged to complete projects with creative solutions. Critiques and class shares become an important part of progressing towards independence. All students keep a portfolio which is accessed at the end of each year.
Middle School Visual Arts
By the time students reach middle school they are independent artists. They are familiar with the art studio's setting, and have an extensive vocabulary to discuss art intelligently. They have been exposed to many art mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics, and have used these materials to complete multi-step projects. Students work on concept based projects that require them to work on art pieces for longer periods of time, moving them away from exploring materials, but towards creating art with an intentional focus on the final outcome. Students are evaluated throughout the development of their portfolio and participate in an end of the semester gallery style share.
Upper School Visual Arts
The upper school visual arts four-year curriculum consists of courses that explore various art materials, processes and ideas which allow students to develop and refine their written and verbal skills in interpretation and analyzation of artwork.
Students will understand that art and artists’ communication is a process that involves subject matter (narrative, landscapes, figure, etc.), technique (various tools and materials) and design (the structure of the visual language such as Elements of Design-line, shape/ form, color, texture/ pattern and space and Principals of Design- balance, rhythm, unity, contrast and emphasis). Other topics include perspective, proportions of the body and face and color theory. The first year of art in the upper school also integrates with the ancient history course to expose students to art from different cultures from around the world.
Students learn about art styles and movements in art history (modern art, impressionism, abstract art, etc.). Students will apply that knowledge to their own artistic creations. They will also explore personal themes and concepts in various projects.
Third and Fourth Years
Students continue to explore personal themes using various mediums and methods. Students also learn about contemporary artists. Some techniques and processes that are covered include bookmaking, printmaking, sculpting, stretching canvas, etc.
Advanced Visual Arts Courses:
AP Studio Art 2D-Design
AP Studio Art 3D- Design
AP Studio Art- Drawing
College Art Portfolio Preparation