AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CURRICULUM
Our studio arts program is an essential component of the whole curriculum and creates a space where students can approach their learning in a different way during the day. Studio classes, required for every student in the school, meet daily and give students the ability to explore different forms of self-expression through student-centered teaching and hands-on learning.
EMPHASIS ON EXHIBITION
Every student is asked to present their work each year through various performances, exhibitions, and publications. By engaging with the community outside the classroom, students are challenged to strengthen their confidence as artists and thinkers, demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained, and honor the individual voices of all members in their community.
All of our studio art teachers are practitioners in their field—potters, musicians, actors/directors, photographers, and the like. In the classroom, they teach by working with students who are doing rather than just listening. Because teachers are practicing artists, they are able to inspire our students by working alongside them, modeling their own successes and failures throughout the creative process.
THE IMPACT OF ART ON LEARNING
From the beginnings of our school, we have believed—and we have seen proof—that students who take time every day to express themselves artistically and to exercise a different part of their brain and heart are also more successful in math, history, English, science, and foreign languages. Through the mastery of an artistic discipline, students develop transferable skills—such as problem-solving, collaboration, and the ability to clearly articulate ideas—that they can apply to all aspects of their lives.