Middle School students pursue their interests in the fine arts through participation in a selection of quarterly, semesterly, and year-long art classes. Fourth and fifth graders rotate through quarterly arts courses while sixth, seventh, and eighth graders rotate through semester-long and select year-long arts courses.
Throughout Middle School, students will focus on one or two concepts per year and explore a wide range of materials, such as graphite, paint, papier-mâché, printmaking, oil pastels, fabric, charcoal, photography, and stop-motion film. In addition to the classic skills of perspective, composition, and color, areas of study include scale and proportion, Renaissance architecture and history, installation art, the mobiles of Alexander Calder, and figure drawing.
In sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, there is an additional semester-long elective in media art that focuses on digital design and composition through Photoshop. Two additional year-long classes offered in seventh and eighth grade are film production, which focuses on storytelling through both live-action and stop-motion animation, and a selective year-long studio art course. Across all of our campuses, there are ongoing artwork displays and rotating exhibitions showcasing student work to the general public. There is also an annual gallery night each spring featuring select student works.