Supporting Emerging Artists: Grades 6 Through 8
Middle School curriculum engages students in ways that show them they're capable of more than they know. Adolescents are often quick to say they are or are not good at something, as though it were a natural talent. Our faculty show students that skill comes as the result of practice, and with practice anyone can become good at any art form.
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 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.
Student show their work throughout the school, and in a wide variety of special exhibits in the Martha Bennett gallery. Visual Arts classes also take advantage of our proximity to the Walker Art Center and other Minneapolis landmarks in frequent field trips.
Upper School students need four credits in the Arts for graduation, but the majority of students take more than the minimum requirement. These credits can be fulfilled through any combination of the Visual and Performing Arts.