Visual Art in Middle and Upper School

Visual Arts

Middle school art is the bridge between the basic design elements learned in the lower school and the advanced practices taught in the upper school. Students are encouraged to think with a critical mind, follow specific design objectives, and hone their craft in different art mediums and subjects. Students achieve success through the correct use and manipulation of materials: charcoal, pastel, acrylic paint, printmaking, ceramics, as well as more process oriented projects: gridded self-portraits, still- life observation drawings, and design collages.

Upper School students enrolled in the Arts9 class are introduced to 2-D and 3-D design, Graphic Design and 3-D ceramics. There is also an emphasis placed on Wheel throwing pottery and handbuilding technique. In the Digital Art/ Photography class, students learn the dynamics of visual photography as an art form. Students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art can submit a portfolio to be examined for placement in the AP Studio art class.