The Middle School Art curriculum is designed to engage students in art through a concentrated study of drawing, collage, self-portrait, painting, and clay. In addition to building art-making skills, art projects within these media seek to connect to a middle school studentís natural interests and promote self-understanding by means of self-expression. A supplementary focus is placed on conservation issues through environmental art projects and the use of recycled materials.
The program also seeks to enrich studentsí understanding of other subjects. Through interdisciplinary and correlative approaches to the teaching of art, students learn to make important connections between art, creativity and other subject information.
Idea development is encouraged by studying art history, directly observing nature, and exploring oneís own imagination. Aesthetic perception is heightened by lessons and activities that allow students to see and work with the elements of art and principles of design. Finally, an artist-in-residence program allows students to participate in special projects lead by a visiting professional artist each year.