Middle School Visual Art
The Middle School program builds the foundation for self-expression and art appreciation through the use and understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. Middle School students have the opportunity to build upon the choice-based model from Lower School, finding their artistic passion and discovering their individuality. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums in the context of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.
Fifth and sixth grade classes are quarter-long and meet in rotation with other arts disciplines. Seventh and eighth grade classes are yearlong.
Upper School Studio Arts
Our Upper School studio arts courses are student-driven, supporting our students in their quest to achieve greater individuality, diversity, and sophistication in the process of making art. The art studio is a place of examination and exploration. We work with a variety of media, determining how each functions and in what ways each best conveys visual information. Through hands-on discovery students begin to develop an individual voice, and find, not only how to be strong artists, but how to be deep thinkers and sophisticated communicators. Students work within the disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital painting and illustration.
Courses include: Visual Foundations, Studio Arts 1, Studio Arts 2, AP Studio Art – 2D Design, 3D Design, or Drawing.
Upper School Media Arts
The Media Arts program introduces the students to commercial art practices – graphic design, commercial illustration, photo manipulation, and video production. Students learn to hone their visual communication skills, gaining an understanding of planning, production, editing, and sophisticated use of digital media. Upper level coursework incorporates real-world practice producing content for local non-profits.
Courses include: Visual Foundations, Media Arts 1, Media Arts 2, Media Productions, Media Arts Senior Seminar.