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.

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  • 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, ceramics, and textiles. Students are also required to keep a sketchbook and maintain regular reflection entries and images after every project in Digital Portfolios using Google Sites. Emphasis is on developing independent work habits and creative expression. All fifth-grade students attend a 50-minute art class twice per rotation throughout the year.
  • 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 artist studies, right brain drawing, mixed-media design, grid drawing, watercolor painting, wire sculpture, and functional assemblage using reusable materials. Students are also required to keep a sketchbook and maintain regular reflection entries and images after every project in Digital Portfolios using Google Sites.
     
    All sixth-grade students attend a 50-minute art class twice per rotation throughout the year. Assessment is based on hands-on learning, critical thinking skills, following a sequence of project steps, craftsmanship, and individual artistic voice and expression. 
  • Seventh Grade

    Seventh-grade art involves a mix of technique and invention, fusing contemporary art movements with historical art practices. This open studio environment invites creative experimentation of all materials available. Students are also required to keep a sketchbook and maintain regular reflection entries and images after every self-directed/teacher guided project in Digital Portfolios using Google Sites.
     
    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 art class as one of several Arts electives throughout the year, and classes meet twice per rotation for 105 minutes. 

    Other Arts classes include Photography and Sewing.
    Sewing: Seventh grade Sewing students will learn the basics of machine sewing by completing various accessories projects. They will learn to use patterns, cut fabrics, use pins, good ironing practices and how to troubleshoot a sewing machine. Emphasis will be placed on creativity and students are encouraged to explore their own projects using the skills they learn in class.
  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth graders have art as one of several elective choices. Visual Arts options include Art and Photography. 

    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. Students are also required to keep a sketchbook and maintain regular reflection entries and images after every project in Digital Portfolios using Google Sites.

    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.

     
    Costume Design & Construction: Eighth graders Students will learn the fundamentals of costume design. Students will create a mood board and research an important decade in fashion. They will learn how to alter, embellish and creatively reuse already made garments and ultimately create a costume of their own design from the era that they researched.
     
     

Department Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Danielle Denton 

    Upper School Art Teacher, Eighth-Grade Advisor
    415.751.0187, ext. 334
    San Francisco State University - Bachelors of Arts
    San Francisco State University - Teaching Credential- Single Subject Art
  • Lynda Porter 

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

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