Students in the Lower School Art Studio are given the opportunity to explore working in a variety of different media. They are encouraged to experiment, engage and create using paint, clay, collage, sculptural and digital media in a structured and supportive environment.
The art studio work is closely tied to studies in their classroom as well as Art History from Prehistoric art to Contemporary artists. Lower School artists develop a series of sequentially taught skills throughout their art experience. Students attend art class once a week for 40 minutes in half-classroom divisions.
In Woodshop, Lower School students explore another world of making. Starting with third grade, the program helps students learn to use tools in a variety of ways to create objects from wood in an intentional and encouraging learning environment. Projects often tie to the social studies curriculum but serve as a vehicle to learn tools and techniques. Students attend class once a week for 40 minutes in groups of 8-12.
The Middle School art curriculum explores the formal issues of art through the investigation of color theory, composition and design, symmetry and balance, and perspective; it develops students’ skills through a sequence of varied projects.
In addition, students learn art history by exploring how different artists have solved problems. This required course meets once a week in sixth grade, and four times a week for half the year in seventh and eighth grades.
The prerequisite for all Upper School studio art courses is Foundation of Art. Students are introduced to the formal issues in two and three dimensional art including line, value, composition, scale, positive/negative relationships, and color theory.
Upper level studio courses include Art History, Drawing and Painting, Color and Design, Photography, 3D Design, and Senior Studio.
Our youngest students' work with art is both structured and open-ended.
An artist works with the children each week, exploring and discovering different materials and using them as a means of expression. Focusing on the basic elements of art provides children with the skills and language to create, explore, and discuss art forms well beyond their Early Childhood years.
During art, the children typically engage in multi-session projects, such as portraiture, ceramics, and silk screening.
ECP students also showcase their art in the annual All-School Art Show.
First grade artists created these amazing mirror designs, inspired by the work of folk artists in Mexico. We discussed different images and designs in both Spanish and Art class. Students created their own images using radial symmetry and pattern. We ended this project by creating these embossed metal mirrors that accentuate our composition. In Mexico, artwork that is both functional and beautiful is known as artesanía. Enjoy our beautiful collaborative work!