The visual arts play an essential role in the Lower School curriculum. Young children are encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of media, techniques, and materials as they stretch their thinking, develop their craft, and reflect upon their creative work. The art teacher encourages students to observe closely, reach beyond their preconceived abilities, take risks, and become independent thinkers. Students learn through active participation in the creative process and participate in visual arts classes beginning in Pre-Nursery. Our art curriculum includes explorations in drawing, painting, design, woodworking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and mixed media.
Middle School students rotate between studio, wood, sculpture, and photography classes during the school year. Art experiences are designed to deepen each student’s understanding of fundamental art concepts, including the elements and principles of art and to implement the core skills needed to be successful in art. The development of strong observational skills, artistic techniques, and compositional design are emphasized through a variety of drawing, sculpture, and mixed media experiences.
Upper School students have the opportunity to further develop their creative competencies through the visual arts program. The ninth grade Art Foundations course is a required, core course, designed as a creative foundation for ninth grade students. Upon completion of the Art Foundations course, students may elect to enroll in specific art electives offered during grades ten through twelve. Current art electives include Studio, Advanced Portfolio, Photography/Media, Architecture, Sculpture, Graffiti Art, and Ceramics.