Art as a Process
The Academy's visual arts faculty approach art as a process comprising visual analysis, skill development, intuitive discovery, and critical thinking. The program is structured as a sequential, spiraling curriculum beginning in grade 6 where students are introduced to the vocabulary, concepts, and skills that are central to their visual arts education.
Learning to take informed risks and being inventive in making images and objects are central to the program. Classes emphasize design, skills of seeing and drawing, problem solving, persistence, and personal expression. The study of historical and cultural traditions is an essential part of expanding students' visual awareness.
The critique process is central to visual arts teaching at the Academy. Within a climate of mutual trust and respect, it provides a forum in which concepts are reinforced, ideas are tested, and originality is celebrated. Students graduate with strong critical skills, developed aesthetic judgment, and the ability to use images and objects to communicate both the practical and the poetic.