Visual Arts

JPK - Grade 4

Art helps children to understand their world. It enables them to express their personal experiences and fantasies in ways that are concrete and compelling, even when they are unable to articulate the events in words. Our visual arts program is designed to instill in students a deep appreciation of the visual arts through exposure to various media, artists, and the art traditions of different cultures. Multicultural perspectives in art develop cultural awareness and respect for diversity in our global society.

Grades 5-9

Teaching art focuses primarily in terms of art materials. We teach long-term familiarity with these materials so that students can master them and use them to express their own unique life experiences. Through the exploration of various art materials, students really learn and build the foundations of the process of art versus the product. The "product" will come in time as they develop artistically. Young children learn by re-creating their own experiences.

Visual Arts Offerings
Digital Art     

The visual arts program is driven by the essential questions: In what ways do artists communicate uniquely, and what compels artists to be inventors and creators? We support the development of these questions by emphasizing the mastery of skills, fostering craftsmanship and personal expression, studying both historical and cultural art movements, and making interdisciplinary connections between art and humanities. 

In Grades 5-9, all students take classes in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Additionally, students in Grades 7-9 can take Allied Art electives in a variety of media including painting, ceramics, digital photography, comic book illustration, and silk painting.

Thinking independently is encouraged. There is an emphasis on experimentation where students can take a basic project and change it to create something unique, expressing their own ideas. Ninth graders have the opportunity to independently explore chosen art forms in depth with the support of the art faculty as part of their Ninth Grade Portfolio Project.
Visual Arts Offerings
Animation               Art History
Color Theory Comic Books
Digital Art  Drawing
Illustration    Mosaic
Painting  Portfolio
Printmaking  Screen Printing
Sculpture    Silk Painting

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Rippowam Cisqua School
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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