Arts - Visual Arts
In Lower School, the Visual Art program provides a variety of opportunities to express one's personal vision. Exposure to numerous materials while integrating art history and curricular themes gives students an alternative process to express their own understanding of the world around them. Seasonal activities with an emphasis on honing fine motor skills gives students many creative occasions. Student art is displayed throughout the school, enhancing our space and providing a vehicle to showcase our very talented youth.
In Middle School, students select art as an elective. Emphasis is placed on developing and honing skills while again providing opportunity to be exposed to a variety of mediums. Projects are designed to provide multiple chances to be successful. Encouraging students to solve problems assists them in becoming innovative thinkers. Aesthetic conversations about art and artists help them realize and appreciate many different forms of artistic expression. Middle School students are encouraged to express their individuality by making decisions in their choice of media and technique. A sketchbook gives students a vehicle to practice and develop ideas in a consistent format. Students participate in the Middle School Art Show annually and also work on set designs for various drama productions and school events. Art has been submitted to the annual Scholastic Art Awards contest receiving gold keys. A mini-gallery in our media center highlights talent of local artists and is used as a teaching tool in the Middle School program.
Upper School students have the ability to take these foundational principles and explore each realm in more specific and technical detail. Visual art classes offered are: Two-D Art Fundamentals, Three-D Art Fundamentals, Sculpture, Ceramics, Painting & Drawing, and Drawing & Printmaking. These classes are provided as electives to students and also give them opportunity to fulfill the one-year fine art requirement for graduation. Beyond these basic courses, more advanced students can continue studies in any studio area, where they will have the opportunity to expand their talents through more detailed exploration of each medium.
With two electric kilns and five electric pottery wheels, Ceramic students have the opportunity to become proficient in both hand and wheel-built pottery. The Sculpture class encourages work in plaster, paper mache, vinyl, metal, textiles, wood, and ceramic clay. The Painting & Drawing class provides opportunity to experiment with dry media such as charcoal, hard and soft pastel, and conte crayon and wet media such as pen and ink, watercolor, and acrylic paint. Printmaking students explore relief printing, silkscreen and monoprinting processes.