Visual Arts

Students find joy in creative expression. At Blake, they have a myriad of opportunities to express themselves using visual media. All students receive regular visual arts instruction from pre-kindergarten through grade eight. Students also learn from visiting artists, such as the McGuire Artist-in-Residence.

Upper School students learn from active working artists as they study a variety of topics and forms: art history, animation, ceramics, design, photography and more.

Fundamentals of Visual Arts: Grades Pre-K Through 5

Children love to create visual art. In the Lower School, they learn about the basic elements and concepts used in visual media: color and line, shape and texture, harmony and contrast, and so forth. Students apply these concepts across a variety of projects. Arts instruction also builds foundational knowledge about art history and criticism, techniques, and aesthetics.

Topic Areas

Pre-kindergarten

Exploring color, form, texture, line & shape through various media • Visual Thinking Strategies/Art Adventure Program with The Minneapolis Institute • Artwork and art history related to emergent curriculum

Kindergarten

Exploring color, form, texture, line & shape through various media • Visual Thinking Strategies/Art Adventure Program with The Minneapolis Institute • Artwork and art history related to shelter & landscape

Grade 1

Exploring color, form, texture, line & shape through various media • Visual Thinking Strategies/Art Adventure Program with The Minneapolis Institute • Artwork and art history related to family & portraiture

Grade 2

Exploring color, form, texture, line & shape through various media • Visual Thinking Strategies/Art Adventure Program with The Minneapolis Institute • Artwork and art history related to culture & symbolism

Grade 3

Exploring color, form, texture, line & shape through various media • Visual Thinking Strategies/Art Adventure Program with The Minneapolis Institute • Artwork and art history related to urban, suburban & rural culture

Grade 4

Exploring color, form, texture, line & shape through various media • Visual Thinking Strategies/Art Adventure Program with The Minneapolis Institute • Artwork and art history related to cultural confluence

Grade 5

Exploring color, form, texture, line & shape through various media • Visual Thinking Strategies/Art Adventure Program with The Minneapolis Institute • Artwork and art history related to public service & human rights

Supporting Emerging Artists: Grades 6 Through 8

Middle School continues to foster enthusiasm for visual arts. Students are excited to learn that, with training and hard work, they can be artists. Instruction builds upon the Lower School curriculum and prepares students to pursue specialized disciplines at the Upper School level if they choose. Art history is interwoven throughout the curriculum. Art projects not only give students a chance to express themselves – they also reinforce academic learning. For example, seventh and eighth graders taking wood studio integrate scientific understandings as they build a carbon-dioxide–powered car.

REQUIRED COURSES

Each student takes visual art, wood studio and theatre in sixth grade. Seventh graders choose two of three possible areas to pursue: visual art, wood studio and theatre. Eighth graders may do the same, or may apply for an interdisciplinary Integrated Arts course combining visual art, theatre, wood studio and music.

Developing Vision & Voice: Grades 9 Through 12

Upper School students take at least four semesters of arts courses, choosing among offerings in visual arts, theatre, speech and debate, and music. Students with a special passion for visual arts can explore particular topics and media in depth. They may work in traditional media such as ceramics, drawing/painting, printmaking and photography, explore art history, or investigate comparatively new forms such as digital filmmaking and game development.

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