Visual Arts

The Greenwich Academy visual arts program encourages artistic expression in every student. With a curriculum designed for the successful development of fine arts skills, teachers in all three divisions help students fulfill their individual potential by offering wide-ranging and age-appropriate opportunities to experiment with materials and media. Students learn to communicate in an original, personal style. They pursue the study of aesthetics, art history, art criticism, and contemporary developments through class work, field trips, visiting artists, and exhibitions by professionals and by the students themselves. Interdisciplinary collaborations thrive within the Visual Arts Department, as well as in combination with many other arts disciplines and academic departments. All students leave Greenwich Academy with a firm foundation in the visual arts and a love and appreciation of the visual arts that will last them a lifetime.

LOWER SCHOOL

At the heart of Greenwich Academy’s lower school art curriculum is the belief that every young person is an artist who has the natural capacity for self-expression. We aim to inspire our youngest artists to experiment with art techniques and materials, reflect on their creative work and feel pride in the outcome. The lower school art curriculum is material-based. Every year, students cycle through units in paint, collage, clay, construction, and printmaking. As girls advance through the grades, they build on prior experience and confidence in these media and approaches. Student work is showcased and celebrated throughout the year with displays, collaborative projects for dance and plays and the yearly Lower School art show.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Group V and VI art curriculum continues to be material-based and cumulative as it was in the Lower School. More advanced cross-curricular units are explored including architecture and nature studies. Artists are encouraged to find their personal voice as they are mastering their art skills. In Group VII, students take on special projects incorporating new media and collaborative work. Past projects have included designing and building drama sets, creating wearable art and light installations for dance performances, and using the Engineering and Design Lab's CNC router to work on an interdisciplinary science project on oceans and conservation. Additionally, Group VII students look forward to the annual field trip to the Museum of Modern Art. Group VIII art is an elective. Ceramics, digital art, film production, studio art, and an introduction to art and coding in the Design and Engineering Lab are the core choices for those choosing to pursue the visual arts. Student work is showcased and celebrated throughout the year with displays, collaborative projects for dance and plays, and the annual Middle School arts presentation.

UPPER SCHOOL

Building on the Group VIII electives from Middle School, artists can elect to follow different media paths through their Upper School years. Introductory, advanced, honors and/or AP levels are offered in the areas of ceramics, 2D-design and digital art, film production, studio art, and the Design and Engineering Lab. Students of all ability and experience level are able to participate and thrive in the visual arts. They are challenged to think like an artist and use their chosen media as a vehicle for self-expression. Works by Upper School art students are selected for publication in Daedalus, Greenwich Academy’s literary and art magazine. Upper School art is regularly submitted to art competitions our students often being recognized for their work regionally and nationally.

FACILITIES:

The school’s visual arts facilities include:

  • Six art rooms, including a painting and ceramics studio
  • Film lab and screening room
  • Computer art lab
  • Design and Engineering Lab equipped with 2D machines including a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and large format printer, 3D printers, a milling machine, and a ShopBot (a computer driven router).
  • Luchsinger Gallery and Jacobs Lobby, a 1400 square foot gallery space for professional artist and student exhibitions

EXHIBITION:

Student artwork is exhibited throughout the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools as well as in the Luchsinger Gallery, Jacobs Lobby and the Dining Hall, and in slide shows in Massey Theater and on the school’s website and digital screens throughout the school.  Pieces produced by students in all three divisions are chosen for the school’s yearly holiday greeting cards, on a rotating basis. 

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