Kindergarten through Eighth Grade students attend visual arts classes twice a week throughout the school year. Students experiment with different types of art mediums including graphite and ink drawing, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, ceramic sculpture, paper collage, and more. Classes learn about famous artists throughout art history and participate in group discussions about prominent artwork, artists, and various art techniques.
Lower School visual arts classes focus on introductions to new media and learning basic technical skills and concepts such as the elements of art, basic color theory/color wheel, and observational drawing. Lower School artists have the opportunity to learn hand-building techniques and create ceramic clay sculptures. Lower School students examine famous artists and their artwork which can include: Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, Georgia O’Keeffe, Leonardo da Vinci, Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Georges Seurat, and Victor Vasarely. Lower School artists design and complete immersion projects the week before the International Festival performance as part of a cross curricular study of their chosen country.
Upper School visual arts classes continue developing the artistic skills they have already learned and are challenged with new techniques and art concepts such as portraiture, two-point perspective drawing, realistic drawing, advanced hand building ceramic techniques, and color theory studies. Upper School students examine famous artists and their artwork which can include: Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Keith Haring, Georges Seurat, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Wayne Thiebaud. Students engage in cross-curricular art projects that tie in with their current academic studies in other subjects. Upper School artists design and complete immersion projects the week before the International Festival performance as part of a cross curricular study of their chosen country.