Lower School art classes are a well-balanced combination of art-making, connection to other artists, communicating about art, and its connection to other subjects. Students engage in dynamic discussions to preface student art projects based on the elements of art: line, shape, value, color, texture, form, and space. Students explore those elements in hands-on projects involving a variety of art mediums such as paint, pastel, linoleum blocks, charcoal, clay, computers, fibers, and more. During the creative process, emphasis is placed on design principles, techniques, and development of critical thinking skills. Most importantly, students are encouraged to enjoy their time in the studio, fostering a love of art, learning, and discovery.
In true independent school fashion, we reach for more. Students are introduced to a number of significant artists, learning about the artists' childhoods, lives, and their innovative art. Students gain inspiration from the artists they learn about as a means to deepen the process and experience of art-making.