The Middle School visual arts program fosters the skills our students need to express themselves creatively and to become lifelong appreciators of art. Through our studio based classes, students work with a variety of media in both two and three dimensions as they build and hone their perceptual, creative and technical skills. In addition, the Middle School visual arts curriculum teaches students about their artistic heritage by introducing them to the work of many famous artists and to indigenous artwork from different cultures around the globe and across time. Through this study, our students are challenged to use and develop their art vocabulary and their observational skills, learning to critically evaluate art.
In addition to our general art classes, students in grades seven and eight can elect to take a year-long course in animation art or iPad photography. In animation class, students create original short films using various stop motion animation techniques. They storyboard their ideas, shoot them with various cameras, and then cut them into a final film using video and audio editing software. In photography, students work with the elements and principles of design as they learn to compose their images and edit them using a variety of photo enhancing apps.