The visual arts program is cumulative, and each year’s work is progressive, building upon the concepts, experiences, and skills acquired in previous years. Our program includes four aspects of the visual arts: studio work, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics, with the emphasis on the creation of artwork and the learning that takes place through this process. Students develop new ways of seeing, thinking, and expressing themselves.
Starting in the Early Childhood classes, children are offered basic unstructured materials, such as clay, paint, crayons, chalk, string, fabric, paper, scissors, glue, and tape. Materials are presented in a non-judgmental way and without specific instructions on how to use them or what to do with them, allowing students to experiment and examine the properties of the materials, reaching deep inside themselves to express their creative vision with the integrity of intellect and emotion. As children grow, they work with a greater variety of materials, which widens their repertoire and helps them delve deeper into the process.
As students continue to experiment throughout their elementary years, they use their curiosity, talent, and intellect to build a unique artistic vision. When ready, they are encouraged to share their ideas and begin to work with others. Together in this process of give-and-take, exchanging ideas and discussing artistic decisions, students learn to synthesize their individual vision into one complete artistic expression.
In Middle School, students are introduced to formal art techniques as tools for furthering their abilities and future explorations. By the time they graduate, students have had a wide range of artistic experiences.