Leading the Way in Choice-Based Art
In grades 9-12, students take a more active role in their arts education. Students choose the media and theme they want to focus on - Observation, Design, Metaphors, Perspective, Text, Social Problems, Art History Remix, or Math and Science Mash-Up. They work with their teacher and peers to establish learning targets - Beginner, Improvement, Mastery, or Portfolio. Students research, write artist proposals, collaborate with peers and their teacher, self-assess, present in class, and complete reflective writing and documentation of the process. This learner-directed approach results in students taking a more active part in the development of their skills and portfolios due to the opportunity to explore their chosen art discipline.
Students connect with their interest, feel personally challenged, try new experiences, and take risks.
Opportunities for real-life experiences include a fashion show, art shows, workshops in the area, “Arts Reveal Nights,” and museum visits.
The Middle School art program develops a strong foundation in the visual elements and principles of art. Students enrolled in middle school art courses develop skills in life drawing and become increasingly proficient in painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. The Middle School art curriculum integrates art history and contemporary art into every project. Middle School art students learn about art movements and cultural traditions as they explore the media and techniques used by the artists and artisans. As students learn about artists and different methods and materials they begin to discover their expressive abilities and strengths. Each Middle School student is treated as an individual and is given the freedom to develop at his or her own pace. Middle School art students are involved in several exhibitions during the year, and have the option of being involved in a very active Art Club.
In Lower School, the emphasis of the visual arts program is to develop and enhance the skills of each child, while nurturing the special creative talent of each individual student. Creative expression is encouraged while students develop their artistic skills as they explore new techniques related to drawing, painting, comparing, and constructing. Creating an environment where students can express ideas, feelings, and values through their art provides an excellent opportunity for growth, and is a high priority of the visual arts at Episcopal.