Visual Arts Overview
The visual arts program at Woodlawn engages students in making, interpreting, and learning about art in a meaningful way. Students learn skills, concepts, and ways of interacting with art that fosters an understanding of their own lives and the lives of others.
The students experiment with a variety of media and techniques, and learn to create artworks that not only demonstrate skills, but also thought and heart. In the art studio, students learn about new materials or techniques, then make choices about what materials and techniques they want to pursue in greater depth. They learn to think and work like real artists. As artists, they identify ideas and problems of interest, select appropriate media, and explore and work through mistakes and challenges until they are ready to perfect and create. At the end of class they reflect on the success of their work and determine what they want to pursue next. The goal is not to produce “frame ready” artwork, but to engage students in authentic learning and creative-problem solving. The art curriculum is designed to enrich core classes through integrated themes.
In Upper School, the students have an opportunity to take part in a learner-directed art studio class, which builds upon the skills and art interests they have acquired in middle school. The humanities program also provides students exposure to the visual arts and architecture.
Throughout our K-12 art program, we strive to cultivate an environmentally sustainable curriculum that utilizes reclaimed and recycled materials whenever possible, and to make meaningful connections with artists and artwork that address environmental issues.