The Art Department

  • Art is an exploration of a variety of materials and techniques, widening a student’s understanding and experience of art making. While drawing is the framework for many projects, we explore all categories of art: painting with tempera or acrylics; sculpture with materials such as clay, cardboard, and paper mâché; printmaking through stamp making, screen printing or linoleum cuts; and crafts with projects like weaving, candle-making, papermaking, and bookbinding. Most projects also have a connection to the artists who work with the differing media through examples and visuals of their work. Art is rich with the vocabulary of artists and art making. Work is assessed through a rubric provided at the start of each project, so a student is aware of expectations for grading and the given emphasis for a project. At the end of a project, students may assess themselves and reflect on their own art making.