Upper School students in the Visual Arts explore their unique gifts and talents through a range of mediums while learning art making techniques, valuable work habits, and life skills.
In Foundations of Art students learn a variety of skills while exploring the elements of art and principles of design focusing on process, problem solving skills, and collaboration. Students may elect to continue in Drawing and Painting in which they study a variety of materials focusing on accuracy and realism in drawing with a natural progression to color and painting or they may study Design in which they explore ways to solve problems for others and prepare for a career in architecture, industrial design and graphic design.
In their junior year students who have a serious interest in art elect to take Advanced Portfolio in which students build on learned skills while creating works based on individual style and personal expression. The focus is on developing meaning in their work while maintaining accuracy and to create a portfolio of work for college acceptance.
In senior year students have the opportunity to take AP Studio Art, a college level course, in which students create a personally meaningful portfolio of art while learning 21st Century skills of collaboration, time management, and organization.
Photography is a comprehensive course with a foundation in traditional film based studies including darkroom work and analog camera use, along with an in-depth exploration of current digital technologies and mixed media approaches to image making.
Advanced students focus on personal themes, making books and building portfolios to showcase their work. All students are encouraged to enter national and regional competitions, often winning top awards and scholarships. Their work is published regularly in magazines, newspapers and on websites. It is continually exhibited in our galleries as well as being showcased regionally throughout the year.