Art #2The Lower School Art Program is designed to provide students with a wide range of artistic experiences that promote the expression of individuality through art. Over the course of the year, students participate in “Artist Café” sessions where they are exposed to a variety of artwork from around the world ranging from the historic to the contemporary. This part of the curriculum is designed to foster student discussions, develop observation skills, and allow students to see the many possibilities and unique voices that exist within the arts. Students also work on a number of projects that expose them to diverse mediums including acrylics, clay, inks, printmaking, assemblage, mixed media, pottery, and collage. These projects have been designed to address the four artistic skill areas: thinking (communicating ideas), feeling (expressing emotion through art), seeing (looking at the world from different vantage points), and making (the technical skills associated with each medium). These skills provide students with the tools they need to be confident artists who are comfortable expressing themselves by using their own unique voices.

The Middle School Art Program is designed to provide students with a wide range of artistic experiences while allowing them to express their individuality through art. Over the course of the year, students participate in “Artist Café” sessions where they are exposed to a variety of artwork from around the world ranging from the historic to the contemporary. The goal is for the students to be able to look beyond their initial aesthetic judgement (“I like it / I don’t like it”) and ponder bigger questions like “Why does this look the way that it does?” Students also work on a number of projects that expose them to mediums including acrylics, clay, inks, printmaking, assemblage, mixed-media, photography, and technology. These projects have been designed to address the five artistic skill areas: idea (using a visual language to explore thoughts and imagination), expression (expressing emotion through art), observation (looking at the world from different vantage points), communication (intention versus interpretation), and creation (the technical skills associated with each medium). These skills provide students with tools that are necessary to be confident artists who are comfortable using their unique voices to express their thoughts and ideas.