Our visual arts program not only equips students with techniques in color theory, drawing, painting, ceramics and other media, but also an understanding of the design, context, and emotional impact of compelling artwork.
Middle School Studio Arts allows students to explore the elements of art and principles of design, as well as understand art’s role in history. Students are challenged to problem solve, think creatively, and express themselves through innovative studio projects that help them find their own artistic voices.
Upper School students hone their skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and mixed media, as well as expand their knowledge of design. The study of various time periods and cultures is fundamental in providing students with a comprehensive understanding of art, and its significance to both them as individuals, and the world at large.
The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) Visual Arts Course is a two-year artistic journey that gives serious high school juniors and seniors the opportunity for a focused, first-hand experience working with various traditional and experimental art techniques and approaches to enhance their own creations. The technical training offered by this course emphasizes proficiency with various drawing, painting, sculptural techniques and tools, the creation of real and illusionary forms, and the production of well-crafted works of art. Students also continue to observe the work of various artists from different times and cultures through slide presentations, reproductions, museum and gallery trips, and visiting artist lectures to explore the immense power of arts and motivate their own artistic voyage. An important goal for the IB art students is the development of a strong portfolio of artworks that illustrates their personal experiences and individual involvement. IB students utilize their Investigation Workbook (IWB), a working journal, to support, inform, and develop their studio work through sustained contextual, visual, and critical investigation. This practice assists students to better express their artistic ideas visually and critically evaluate their artistic growth.