In the Middle School the studio is a safe and nurturing creative zone. Throughout the four year program, students work with enthusiasm and eagerness to face challenges. Our goal is to encourage and support students in the creative process throughout the changes of the Middle School years.
The program presents challenges. Students work. Questions and solutions are taken seriously. A variety of techniques, materials, and teaching approaches offer opportunities for girls to master many skills. The girls are designers, sculptors, painters, researchers, architects, and engineers throughout a course of study that melds thinking, making, reflection, and writing.
A robust visiting artist program, annual art-focused field trips, and partnerships with local arts institutions bring the vibrant local art community into the classroom and into the projects the students undertake. A biennial Fine Arts Festival, the Five/Seven Tea Party and an annual Eighth Grade Exhibition give students the chance to present their work and ideas to their peers and the community. Through choices in the elective program, students can explore such topics in the visual arts as video and photo-bookmaking. The eighth grade program offers students a chance to work in an array of disciplines including tempera painting, ceramics, art history, and photography to sample the wide variety of choices and artist educators they will be offered in the Upper School. Seventh and eighth grade students show their work in the prestigious Scholastics Art and Writing Awards competition.