Visual Arts

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. Art invites children to touch, and experiment, to explore and transform. 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.

Junior PreKindergarten - Grade 4

At the Lower Campus, 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     

- Sara Malekzadeh, Lower Campus Studio Art Teacher

Through the exploration of various art materials, students really learn skills rather than focusing on the outcome of a project. I see the materials being as much a teacher as I am. 

Grade 5 - 9

The visual arts program on our Upper Campus 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
Ceramics                  Collage
Color Theory             Comic Books
Digital Art                 Drawing
Illustration                Mosaic
Painting                    Portfolio
Printmaking              Screen Printing
Sculpture                  Silk Painting

- Marnie McLaughlin, Upper Campus Studio Art Teacher

We set the stage for authentic art creation on the part of our students through emphasizing the skills needed to think and act like artists, such as idea generation, observation, practice, experimentation, and self expression.