The Visual Arts program connects art with the world around us. It opens a world beyond textbooks for students to explore and builds a foundation for creative thinking. Students are encouraged to explore new techniques, seek deeper meaning out of their art practice, and establish a personal approach to their work. We experience how the arts can cross disciplines to create an exciting statement.
 
In Upper School Art, we explore many different methods and media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, crafts, and digital art, as well as two- and three-dimensional design basics. Students acquire art language and concepts from both hands-on experiences and discussion and are exposed to multicultural art history references when appropriate. Student work is displayed throughout the school during the year and also saved for the school-wide Arts Festival.

All fifth- and sixth-grade students attend a 50-minute art class twice per rotation throughout the year. Seventh graders are required to take Art as one of a number of arts courses meeting for at least one quarter of the year, and eighth graders have Art as one of several elective choices.
 
Assessment is based on hands-on learning, critical thinking skills, following a sequence of project steps, craftsmanship, and individual artistic voice and expression.

List of 4 items.

  • Fifth Grade

    Fifth-grade art exposes students to a variety of traditional and non-traditional art materials and processes, building on the fine arts foundation built in Lower School. Projects include observational drawing, printmaking, ancient art, sculpture, and ceramics. Emphasis is on developing independent work habits and creative expression.
  • Sixth Grade

    Sixth-grade art projects build sequentially on skills acquired in previous years. Students will create a variety of projects transcending style, material, technique and medium. Some art practices include right brain drawing, mixed-media design and functional assemblage using reusable materials.
     
    Assessment is based on hands-on learning, critical thinking skills, following a sequence of project steps, craftsmanship, and individual artistic voice and expression. All sixth-grade students attend a 50-minute art class twice per rotation throughout the year.  
  • Seventh Grade

    Seventh-grade art involves a mix of technique and invention, fusing contemporary art movements with historical art practices. We will look at youth art today and reference the influences and pioneers of yesterday to create exciting tributes to their craft.
     
    Assessment is based on hands-on learning, critical thinking skills, following a sequence of project steps, craftsmanship, and individual artistic voice and expression. Seventh graders are required to take one art class, and each class meets once a week for 105 minutes. 
  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth graders have art as one of several elective choices. Their options include: 

    Art: Visual Art electives vary in content and format as guided by the teacher. Students are expected to work independently while pushing beyond their former experience and incorporating technical suggestions and art history references. Students begin to develop a personal approach to art-making within the structure provided.
     
    Assessment is based on hands-on learning, critical thinking skills, following a sequence of project steps, craftsmanship, and individual artistic voice and expression.

    Photography: In the introductory photography class, students learn to operate and manually adjust a digital single lens reflex camera. Emphasis is placed on how the camera can be used to explore creative photo composition by playing with focus, motion, lighting, texture, angles, and so on. Students also learn how to enhance their photographs on the computer and to optimize them for printing. The final project consists of a hand-bound album of photographs that students construct in class.
     
    In the advanced photography class, students continue to delve into photo composition with assignments that are designed to facilitate creative exploration. Students also learn how to further enhance their photographs using Photoshop in order to optimize them for printing. A bookmaking project will enable students to place their photographs in a book that they construct in class.

    Sewing: Students will learn the basics of hand and machine stitching, the use of a variety of sewing tools, and how to read a standard pattern to make a garment (pajamas) from the pattern. Students will learn how to sew different seam finishes and centered or lapped zippers. Emphasis will be placed on using math and measurement skills.

Department Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Danielle Denton 

    Upper School Art Teacher, Seventh-Grade Advisor
    415.751.0187, ext. 334
    San Francisco State University - B.A.
  • Diane Major 

    Seventh- & Eighth-Grade Sewing; Eighth-Grade Community Service
    415.751.0187, ext. 317
    San Francisco State University - B.A.
    San Francisco State University
  • Lynda Porter 

    Seventh- & Eighth-Grade Photography Teacher
    415.751.0187, ext. 361

Student Galleries

  • Photography Class Gallery
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