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Visual Arts

Our arts program begins in Pre-Kindergarten and continues through 12th grade. Upper school students who exhibit a passion for the fine arts can further their skills through Upper School Art, Photography and Digital Media and develop their portfolio.

The Lower School art program introduces children to the world of visual arts through exploration and discovery. Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 attend art twice a week. Using a wide variety of materials, students work through the creative process to express their imagination and artistic thinking. Students have the opportunity to work with many different media including watercolors, paints, colored pencils, pastels, printmaking materials, clay, wood, wire, collage, and fabric.  

Art history is introduced at age-appropriate levels through a visual thinking program that requires students to look at artwork, question it, and interpret it in their own style. Whenever possible, the Lower School art curriculum also integrates learning experiences from classroom studies and other special area subjects.

Creativity and original thoughts are stressed in the Middle School visual arts curriculum.   Continuing with the basic principles learned in the Lower School, students develop their knowledge of art elements and understanding of concepts and techniques.  They will explore a variety of media including drawing, painting, clay, 3-dimensional, and more, while interweaving Art history into their projects.  Student projects are displayed throughout the year and are featured in the Annual Middle School Art Show.  

The Upper School art curriculum includes art appreciation, art history and studio classes.

For graduation, all Upper School students are required to complete an art appreciation course which includes a general overview of painting, sculpture, architecture, and artifacts from prehistoric times to the 20th century. This course stresses appreciation of both the artist and art in its many forms.

Students in grade 9-12 have more freedom and opportunity to choose art elective from a variety of beginning and advanced level classes that meet one to five days a week.  Students can choose to specialize in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, crafts and photography. In addition, students seeking to study digital graphic design may enroll in a Digital Media course. Teachers are available to supervise advanced students interested in exploring a particular project in greater depth. 

Student artwork is displayed throughout the school and entered in local, regional, and national competitions.  The Upper School hosts an annual art and media show.