The Middle School art program is designed to expand on the elementary foundation in understanding and skills in the visual arts. While supporting the New York State Standards for the Arts, as well as the National Standards, students develop increasingly sophisticated creative strategies, skills, and habits of mind through artistic practices, and apply design literacy to a wide variety of traditional and new media.
They acquire increasingly complex procedural knowledge, skills, and craftsmanship in art-making while exploring an expanded range of media. They develop more sophisticated aesthetic judgment that supports the making and understanding of rich meaning in art. Students explore a wide range of ideas about the meaning and purpose of visual art, and develop an understanding of practical applications and career opportunities in the arts. They form a broader knowledge and understanding of our rich and diverse historical and cultural heritage through art. Student artwork is exhibited and celebrated in our annual Spring Arts Festival. All student artwork is added to personal online interactive portfolios.