From learning the fundamentals of art and exploring the principles of design, to experimenting with various materials, our visual arts program is designed to develop and enhance our students' appreciation of art and their own artistic abilities - with award-winning results for many students. Student art work proudly graces the halls on both of our campuses.
The Lower School visual art program uses a criteria-based curriculum including a wide variety of tow and three-dimensional media. The overall goal of the program is to introduce students to the exciting opportunities and rewards that the study and production of art can provide. The program also strives to further develop each student's ability to use art both as a means of self-expression and a development of self-worth. Students in grades 1-5 attend art class for 1 hour, once a week. K5 students attend art class of 45 minutes each week.
The Middle School visual art program is directed toward the fundamentals of art. Students will define, recognize and use the elements and principles of art. They will learn to express themselves in their own personal style and appreciate art and cultural influences. They will develop an awareness of both natural and human made environments, and learn to analyze, compare, and evaluate their own art and other students. Students will be exposed to a variety of media and techniques in producing visual art. Middle school art will serve as a connection between the arts, other disciplines, and daily life.
The Upper School visual arts courses consist of visual studies that include artist's techniques, styles and a multitude of mediums. These practices are useful in the study of graphics, and art history, as well as Advanced Placement (AP) 2-D Studio Design and AP Drawing of Art. Student works are entered in The Dougherty County Kiwanis Art Competition, The Sanford Bishop Congressional Art Competition, and The Albany-Dougherty Historic Preservation Art Contest. In addition, students exhibit their works in local art galleries, as well as the local mall.