Through Visual Arts students express themselves, communicate in new ways, think divergently and apply concepts to create unique works of art in a variety of media. The depth of offerings in our Visual Arts courses run from 2-dimensional classics like drawing and painting to 3-dimensional forms such as ceramics, sculpture, crafts and design, and now, even virtual reality. Assignments inspired by artists and cultures provide students with historical context for movements that formed the basis of Art as we know it today.
Upper School art students who are exceptionally focused and would like a deeper dive into visual arts, can follow our Arts Concentration.
In both the Middle and Upper School, students are using technology as a tool to explore new ways to create art using an app called Morphi, which is a Computer Aided Drawing platform (CAD). Morphi allows students to "sculpt in the round," virtually.
In the Upper School students work in a virtual reality platform called Medium that allows them to create their own designs from a 3D scan. The pieces being drafted from both of these programs are then printed using a 3D printer.
Elements and Principles
In Middle School Art courses, students learn to apply the elements and principles of art using a variety of media and techniques. Each semester includes age- and skill-appropriate assignments in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Attention is given to the study of historical and multicultural arts in Middle School Art courses.
In the Upper School, students have a wealth of Visual Arts opportunities. Courses like Studio Art provide a broad look at design and composition as students learn the techniques of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. For students who want detailed instruction in one area, courses are available in Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking, Crafts and Design, Ceramics and Sculpture. Advanced courses cover collegiate topics such as The Chemistry of Art, Art History and Art Portfolio. Advanced Placement arts courses are also available. (For the full list of course descriptions, view pages 45-63 in our Student Guide.)