Lower School Art
Self-expression through the Visual Arts is an opportunity for students to investigate their unique gifts and talents. Our art program is designed to build confidence and encourage creative thinking through a variety of mediums and activities. The multi-media curriculum develops an understanding of each of the basic elements and principles of art, as well as size and special relationships, background consideration, contrast, and color combinations. Our students develop personal proficiency as they experiment with different media including, drawing, painting, graphics, collage, and sculpture.
The focus of the program is on elements and principles of artistic design. Fundamental skills and processes are stressed rather than end products. Materials and mediums are selected based upon appropriate developmental practices. Project selection is motivated by a desire to adhere to a cross-curricular approach to learning. Themes for units of study in other subject areas are integrated into the program. "Art Masters" is an important component of the program and provides an opportunity for students to develop an appreciation for the artistic works and styles of selected artists throughout history. The art teachers regularly submit student work to local contests and exhibits.
Middle School Art
Middle School art is designed to build on the knowledge and skills students learned in Lower School, while preparing them for more advanced art in Upper School. HCES Middle School Students will create art projects using a variety of techniques and media, as well as discuss artists and art movements. Media and techniques may include watercolor, acrylic and/or oil paint, tempera paint, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, mixed media and chalk. Students will continue to build their art vocabulary, including the elements and principles of design. Principles of art criticism will also be introduced as students begin to describe and analyze works of art. The course will help students to appreciate their own art talent, as well as the role of art in our society and history. Our students of art will develop creative skills and form aesthetic judgments through several middle school art electives; such as Advertising and Design, Drawing and Painting, and Middle School 3D Art. Each elective is in place as a choice for students to expand their right-brain creativity.