Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade Studio Art
The learning objectives of the Lower School Visual Arts curriculum address multiple aspects of our young students’ development. Students explore the world of art by learning about artists, art styles, techniques, as well as traditional and non-traditional tools for creating art. Project-based learning allows students the opportunity for hands-on production, expression, and artmaking. Students are engaged in creating art using the Elements and Principles of Design. The fine motor development of students is fostered by using simple art mediums and advancing to more complex mediums. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and personal experiences to create visual art projects in order to develop an awareness of self and of the environments around them. Students engage in critical thinking to create original, self-expressive artworks.
After-School Art Workshops (1st Grade – 5th Grade)
Students may participate in extended art exploration in 6-week sessions, one afternoon per week. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums, which includes drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and more.
The Middle School Studio Art curriculum provides opportunities for students to refine their artistic skills and art history knowledge through a variety of 2-D and 3-D media and techniques, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, fibers, and sculpture while developing visual-thinking strategies. Students develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design with intentional connections to God’s creation. Interdisciplinary Visual Arts projects also connect to Geography, History, Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics classes in exciting, experiential ways.
This is an entry-level course that focuses on building fundamental drawing skills and techniques that are the foundation for development in the arts. Students will learn basic techniques such as shading, controlling tones, drawing to scale, and drawing from observation. Additionally, students will learn how to see with an artist’s eye in order to capture what they see on paper.
Photography (8th Grade Only)
Middle School Photography is an exclusive course offered only to our 8th-grade students. In this course, students learn the history and invention of photography and how it has contributed to our society. They will also develop skills and knowledge in composition, lighting techniques, the basic function of a camera, and basic photo editing techniques that will assist them in creating a successful photograph.
Drawing and Design
Drawing and Design is an entry level course focusing on drawing techniques as a foundation for development in the arts. The course will put heavy emphasis on design concerns and observational skills. The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design provide the basic framework for the course. Students will experiment with a wide variety of drawing tools. There will also be an interest in self-reflection and assessing their work and the work of others in critiques.
Visual Arts I
Visual Arts I is an introductory course exploring the fundamentals and history of various crafts. Students will utilize the elements and principles of design to create utilitarian and decorative handcrafts. Projects will include fiber/textile arts, ceramics, woodcrafts, mosaics, and papercrafts, involving a variety of tools and techniques. Historical background and cultural significance will be studied with each craft.
Painting is an entry level course that explores various painting techniques, media, aesthetic perceptions, and knowledge of historical developments in the arts. The first half of the semester is painting from observation. The second is experimenting with different techniques to develop personal expression.
Photography is intended to introduce the student to the process of seeing photographically through an exploration of the basic tools, techniques, art history, and aesthetics of 35 mm black and white photography. A series of projects will be assigned to expose the student to ideas that have shaped the photographic world.
This course will help the students become more well-rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: how cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, and how to use photo editing software using Photoshop.
AP Studio Art: Drawing and AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
These courses are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate exploration in process, materials and synthesizing them with big ideas.