The visual arts department develops the individual's capacity for seeing and responding to the world with a sense of wonder and discernment. In our classes, art instruction honors personal voice while addressing developmental needs. Students develop a repertoire of skills and a body of knowledge about art. In cultivating artistic behaviors, they gain confidence investigating and giving artistic form to ideas, thoughts and feelings. They learn that growth as artists requires commitment and integrity. Thus, students discover value in art and learn to see value in the expressions of others.
Lower School children are passionate, inquisitive learners. Naturally curious about their world, they question what they see and reflect on those things.
It is our aim to channel their boundless energy into ideas and expressive/artistic form. Artistic skills emerge through exposure to authentic materials and the process of working and experimenting with them. They follow their interests and ideas while gaining a sense of purpose and confidence. Making decisions and choosing the uncertain path exercises the imagination. We value collaboration with peers and reflect on what we discover and learn. Our inquiries into diverse historical and cultural imagery stimulate ideas.
The emergence of self and formation of individual points of view are central to the Middle School experience.
We therefore support diverse attitudes and modes of art making. At the same time, there exists a gap between students' self-expressive needs and their technical capabilities. The Middle School program balances the development of skills with intellectually challenging and engaging experiences.
Successful work in the Upper School visual arts program is accessible to anyone who engages the curriculum with focus and energy.
The department takes advantage of expanding cognitive development to present challenging concepts, artistic modes of thinking and refined technical skills for constructing images of experience or solutions to visual problems across a range of 2-D and 3-D course offerings. Depth of study is supported as students move toward proficiency; skill level, emotional sensitivity and conceptual sophistication form the core components of the creative process at this level.