Throughout the entire arts curriculum our students are taught by certified art specialists. In the elementary years they study a variety of art concepts and work with many different media appropriate to their developmental levels.
Third grade students experiment with paint, colored pencils, markers, tissue paper, crayons, etc. as they learn elementary lessons on balance, tinting, shading, & composition. Highlights include tissue paper action figures, watercolor animal paintings, monochromatic color prints, pointillism bugs, & tessellations! Once completed, student artwork will be on display during the end of the year art show before it is sent home.
Throughout the school year, 4th grade students become reacquainted with various mediums (tempera paint, colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, watercolor paint, etc.) and introduced to several new materials such as model magic (air-dry clay) and oil pastels. More in-depth lessons on color theory and composition are incorporated as they build upon basic art concepts such as contrasting colors and complimentary color schemes. Specific projects include Alabama Gulf Coast Fish oil pastel drawings, pointillism jean murals, foam board prints, rainbow scratch art, narrative self-portrait collage, wax resist watercolor paintings, endangered species masks, etc. All student artwork is sent home after being on display during the end of the year art exhibit in the Upper School Art Gallery.
In the Middle School our students have opportunities to take ceramics and 3D Design as well as traditional drawing, painting and mixed media options.
Once in High School our students may elect to take four levels of Art, culminating in Advanced Placement Studio Art, and/or three levels of Photography, with the option to take Advanced Placement Studio Art in Photography. For further information on the substance of the Visual Arts courses please view our Curriculum Guide.
Many of our students have received major recognition in their fields. Their work is entered and frequently places in various competitions at the local, state and national levels and has been accepted and honored at juried art and photography shows every year.
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