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Visual Arts

In Middle School visual arts classes, students develop the skills and techniques necessary to give full visual expression to their ideas and experiences. Teachers are often guided by the eight “studio habits of mind” (develop craft, engage & persist, envision, express, observe, reflect, stretch & explore, understand art worlds), in order to enable students to think like artists. The curriculum is approached from the understanding that anyone can learn to create, and often includes cross-disciplinary work (for example, what connections exist between the creative process and the scientific method?).

Visual art classes are offered in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, woodworking and animation. Students are challenged to reflect on their own work and creative processes, and to use art as a vehicle to explore their identity. Frequent exhibition opportunities are available to enable students to share their work with the community.