Visual Arts

Upper School visual arts have a multifaceted goal of building confidence in artistic competence. Through practical experience and academic critique by nurturing individual expression through multi-cultural and interdisciplinary studies, the department encourages aesthetic literacy through the study of historic and modern modes. The visual arts curriculum cultivates a spiral approach to visual perception and development of skills from early childhood to young adulthood. Students emerge from these studies with first-hand experience in self-expression and communication through artistic disciplines and with an aesthetic appreciation for similar expressions of others.

Drawing/Advanced Drawing

This course develops the skills of seeing and image making. Students explore a variety of media, techniques, and thematic approaches to create a portfolio of drawings. Sketchbook assignments complement in‐class projects and allow students to develop and research a diversity of issues based on historical, contemporary, and personal ideas to use in their work.

Painting/Advanced Painting

This course builds and develops color, drawing, and composition skills through the use of paint and supplementary materials. Students learn color theory concepts by applying them in the context of the various painting assignments. In addition, they become proficient in a variety of painting techniques. They are introduced to skills such as using limited palettes, toning gesso, and painting with a variety of media. Not only do students paint from life, but they also experiment with historical, contemporary, and personal themes in art. Sketchbook assignments supplement in‐class activities.

Photography I/Photography II

This course is an introduction to black and white photography. Students learn the fundamentals of camera operation, film developing, and printing. Regular assignments help students develop their own style and way of seeing. Critiques and class discussions aid the student in grasping the unique qualities of this medium. Students develop a portfolio of their work. The course culminates in a written examination.

Ceramics/Advanced Ceramics

This course explores clay through a variety of approaches including throwing on a potter’s wheel, hand building, glazing, and firing techniques.

Sculpture/Advanced Sculpture

This course includes the study and application of design principles and a variety of materials to create three‐dimensional works. Students explore reductive and additive sculpture methods through the use of media such as clay, wood, cardboard, fiber, and found objects. Students often use historical, contemporary, and personal themes in their work.

Advanced Placement Art Studio: Drawing, 2-D Design, or 3-D Design

This course follows the prescriptions of the College Board Advanced Placement syllabus in preparation for the submission of a portfolio in one or all of the following areas: Drawing, 2-D Design, or 3-D Design. This class challenges the self‐motivated art student to work at a college level of creative achievement and therefore demands significant time and production commitment. Students will pursue special creative problems in depth and will prepare a portfolio of quality, breadth and concentration for national committee review.