The Middle School visual arts program begins with an emphasis on exploration, manipulation, and enjoyment of art materials. Students then learn to focus on developing a better understanding and working knowledge of the seven elements of art: line, color, shape, value, form, texture and space. These elements serve as the basic language of the arts and are an important step in understanding the process of creating a successful work of art.
From there, students develop a greater understanding of the eight principles of design: harmony, rhythm, gradation, variety, unity, balance, proportion, and movement. The concepts are abstract, and students face the challenge of organizing these elements in an orderly and harmonious way.
In the final stage of development, students seek to weave together the elements and principles of art and design. Five substantial projects cover a broad range of materials and themes. More is expected in the way of craftsmanship, creativity, and originality.
The goal of the program is to prepare students for the rigors and focus of the Upper School art program, which represents a highly individualized and developmentally-based curriculum.