Starting in preschool, art is used in our classrooms as a way to develop motor skills, promote language development and visual learning and aid in problem-solving and decision-making. Our students are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, while developing a sense of innovation that will encourage and inspire them as they continue to grow.
Students in grades K-5 learn the design elements and principals used in the production of artwork, from lines and shapes in kindergarten; to colors schemes, contours and textures in grade 3; to proportion, balance, rhythm and movement by grade 5. Throughout these years, students learn to communicate subject matter and themes through the production of original artwork.
Students in middle and high school are exposed to a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and digital media as well as expanding their knowledge of ancient and contemporary art history. As students advance through the program, they tackle a more in-depth approach to the visual arts, creating and drawing relationships between their work and those of master artists while using highly developed drawing skills, advanced techniques and computer graphics. Students who are interested in pursuing art in higher education will have the chance to develop portfolios and earn college credit through AP Studio Art.