Visual Arts

Preschool through Grade 8 students attend art class several times a week throughout the school year. Students experiment with all different types of media including drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, clay, collage, and more. Classes will learn about famous artists and participate in a critical discussion about art and art techniques.

Lower School classes focus on introductions to new media and learning basic artistic skills and concepts such as shading, overlap, introduction to the color wheel, and the elements of art. Lower School students have the opportunity to work with clay and learn hand-building techniques. Each class also creates a canvas painting and a variety of other art projects throughout the year. Lower School studies famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Georges Seurat, and Victor Vasarely.

Upper School classes develop the skills they have already learned and are challenged with new techniques and concepts such as portraiture, two-point perspective, realistic drawing, advanced hand building clay projects, and color studies. They study a variety of famous artists which include: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Wayne Thiebaud. Upper School artists engage in many cross-curricular art projects that tie in with their current studies in another classroom. Grade 8 students create a leave-behind an art project in May before their graduation.

Each Preschool through Grade 8 class participates in an immersion project for the International Festival. Each also designs artwork that is displayed for the Festival of the Arts.