There are extensive opportunities for students to explore visual creativity and develop advanced studio skills - both in the core curriculum and through Creative Program offerings in the afternoon. As the ability to express oneself visually and creatively becomes more critical in our students’ long term success, we encourage all students to participate in the fine arts. Portfolio Art, Ceramics and Classical and Modern Sculpture are just some of the recent offerings, but students have also been supported in pursuing interests ranging from street art to digital photography to animation.
Exploring The Fine Arts
- Portfolio Art: Portfolio Art is a workshop for students to create their own visions under the tutelage and guidance of art teachers. Open to all students who wish to draw or paint, this workshop is essential to any student planning to attend an art college, beginning in the student’s junior year. At least one example of student work is required to be displayed in the Annual Student Art Show in the spring.
- Ceramics: Ceramics (pottery) allows students to explore clay in a variety of forms, including slab sculptures, pinch pots, wheel work, and development of many organic forms in clay. Students also participate in glazing and firing techniques, including Raku. At least one example of student work is required to be displayed in the Annual Student Art Show in the spring.
- Classical and Modern Sculpture: Students explore the properties of clay, caste-making in plaster, rubber and/or resins, as well as the building of maquettes (models in cardboard and balsa wood for enlargement in metal) in this classical and modern sculpture workshop. Advanced Art students have the opportunity to learn life-sized portrait sculpture and figure sculpture, as well as basic carving techniques in soapstone. At least one example of student work is required to be displayed in the Annual Student Art Show in the spring.