Art in the Upper School expands on the artistic skills taught in Lower School. Young artists are asked to respond to essential questions to create in class dialog to share thoughts and ideas. Art projects now have several steps to complete and take more time, concentration and dedication. Students write paragraphs to reflect on their finished art piece as well as their classroom effort. Fifth and Sixth grade students study art of Ancient cultures, African, Islamic, Asian, Medieval and Renaissance periods. Artists in Seventh and Eighth grade are given the freedom of choice based projects to meet their own interests and creative needs. The goal is to have our students engaged in their creations, express themselves and be proud of their work.
Fifth Grade: Ancient Cultures/Imaginative Design
Focus: responding to art and culture in a new way.
Sixth Grade: Be Bold! Focus: Line/Symmetry/Silhouette/Pattern/Black and White Designs & Lettering.
Art History: Islamic, African, Asian and Renaissance
Seventh Grade: Who are You? Studio Art
Focus: Choice based learning. Art projects such as: Selfie Shots, Up close and Personal “cropped” portraits.
Eighth Grade: Make a Statement! Studio Art. Illustrated Art book or altered book created with all forms of media designed to make a statement.
Focus: Composition, design and applying artistic skills.