The visual arts department at All Saints’ encourages students to explore the world, develop self-expression and confidence, and communicate through art. Students at all grade levels are continuously challenged to grow creatively as they acquire a sequential knowledge of the elements and principles of art and an appreciation of art history. The program fosters the following beliefs:
- Art is a visual means of self-expression.
- We develop an “artist’s eye” through observation of the world around us and by continuing to create art.
- Art class is a positive experience and the creative process is enjoyable and fulfilling.
The art program in lower school lays the foundation for concepts and skills that will continue to be developed as students move into middle school. Students explore the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, space, and value. Over time, they master a variety of artists’ tools including brushes, pen and ink, palette knives, linoleum blocks, wood, chalk, and charcoal. Artistic boundaries widen as students create both two- and three-dimensional artwork and are exposed to various mediums including paint, clay, sculpture, stitchery, papier-mâché, and drawing.
Students travel through history with the Art Masterpiece program. Fifth grade studies include American art; artists include Remington, Homer, Whistler, Hicks, Stella, Johns, Eakins, Cole, Stuart, Wyeth, Warhol, O’Keefe, Pollock, Rockwell, and Laurence. Students incorporate many of the ideas, themes, and techniques they study in this program into their classroom work.
Two highlights of the school year are Special Persons Day, an event that showcases the visual and performing art programs in tandem, and the Spring Art Show, a weeklong display that includes representative works from all projects at every grade level.
Visual arts faculty work tirelessly to help students achieve their full creative potential.