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Lower School

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 (2nd 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.  

Artsonia

Artsonia is an online art museum that displays artwork done by students all around the world. Savannah Christian decided to get involved to display our students’ artwork and celebrate their creativity. Not only is the students’ artwork seen by thousands of people, but parents can purchase their students’ art in many forms. Whether your child’s work of art is your new coffee mug or new phone cover, there are many options for purchase. A portion of the proceeds go back into the students’ classrooms. Artsonia is a program beneficial and enjoyed by all! Follow the link below to start exploring and shopping your student’s work.

Middle School

Emphasizing the creative talents of each student is fundamental to the vision of SCPS.

Every spring the SCPS Fine Arts Department sponsors the much-anticipated school-wide celebration of the fine arts, Reflections. The event includes carefully selected entries from student-artists across Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School, a reception and presentation of awards, and a performance by SCPS theater students.

Distinguished experts from the Savannah community, including professors from institutions like the Savannah College of Art and Design and Georgia State University, as well as accomplished professional artists, serve as jurors for the Middle School and Upper School exhibition entries.

Talents Showcased Include:

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Fibers
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing

Awards Given Include:

  • Best in Show
  • Head of School’s Award
  • Judges’ Choice Award
  • AP Portfolio Award

Studio Art

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. 

Drawing

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.

Upper School

Emphasizing the creative talents of each student is fundamental to the vision of SCPS.

Every spring the SCPS Fine Arts Department sponsors the much-anticipated school-wide celebration of the fine arts, Reflections. The event includes carefully selected entries from student-artists across Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School, a reception and presentation of awards, and a performance by SCPS theater students.

Distinguished experts from the Savannah community, including professors from institutions like the Savannah College of Art and Design and Georgia State University, as well as accomplished professional artists, serve as jurors for the Middle School and Upper School exhibition entries.

Talents Showcased Include:

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Fibers
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing

Awards Given Include:

  • Best in Show
  • Head of School’s Award
  • Judges’ Choice Award
  • AP Portfolio Award

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.

Painting

Painting delves into the fundamentals of color theory, brush techniques, and composition. We explore a diverse range of subject matter such as portraiture, still life, and abstraction.

Darkroom Photography

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.

Digital Photography

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.