The SAAS Visual Arts Program engages students’ curiosity, while teaching skills and techniques across a rich array of visual media. Through engagement in their classes, students develop a shared language focused on the Elements and Principles of Design, and develop their knowledge of how art intersects with the world around them. Drawing on art history, the mentorship of visiting artists, and inspiration from their peers, students develop key skills and explore a myriad of ways to express themselves, tell their stories, and understand the power of their own voice.
Middle School students are introduced to beginning-level courses which emphasize skills such as learning to see, to think spatially, and to take creative risks. Classroom specifics include an introduction to drawing, painting, color theory, graphic design, and working in 3D. Students also work from life to learn volume and form, thus leading to more sophisticated abstractions.
Upper School students build on the skills they acquire in Middle School while gaining invaluable experience working collaboratively, giving and receiving critiques, and dealing with ambiguity in a field that has no right or wrong answers. Visual Arts electives such as Ceramics, Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Graphic Design, and 3D Studio Arts compliment students’ Studio Arts studies. Faculty offer guidance to interested students in building a body of work and developing a portfolio for applications to post-secondary art schools or as a supplement to a non-art major college application. With student artwork on display year round throughout the campus, Senior work is highlighted during the annual Art Show and each Advanced Visual student creates a display that highlights their body of work.