Art I is the introductory survey studio course for the Upper School that lays the groundwork for students to develop their abilities in the visual arts. Students work on developing skills in drawing and design principles through the use of a variety of media, learning the essential qualities of each one. The class examines work and ideas from the history of art and relates these to class projects. Students explore the artistic process and develop problem-solving skills through experimentation with new ideas and new media.
The sequence of projects is organized so that students use and build upon the acquired skills of the prior completed assignments. Students view and critique each other's work in order to increase visual awareness and develop aesthetic understanding and vocabulary. The course includes work in the following media: pencil, charcoal, pastels, oil pastels, printmaking, acrylic paints, ink, ceramics and mixed media. These efforts lead to increased personal creativity and expression, self-reliance and greater understanding of the meaning of art in our lives and society.