Through art, we hope to stimulate creativity, curiosity, and reflection, all of which are crucial to fostering a student's self-expression.
We believe every child who walks into our studios is an artist. We encourage students to take chances, make mistakes, reflect, and grow creatively. Like a muscle, creativity is something that we all have, but it can only be strengthened through practice. Our curriculum is balanced between structured lessons and open-ended "MakerTime." Through art history, literacy, and exploration of materials and techniques, we aim to develop students' talents and enhance their appreciation of beauty in the world. Because we treasure your student's artwork as much as you do, we create digital portfolios with high quality images of artwork that are archived, shared, and curated throughout your student's years at Germantown Academy.
Our Middle School Art program revolves around the broader picture of what happens during the act of creating. Taking time to explore a medium, discuss ideas, think about possible solutions, and work through obstacles is vital to not only making art, but also to creating a well-rounded, confident individual. Through the development of these crucial skills, the Middle School art program enhances every student's development using exploration, active learning, and self-reflection.
Our holistic approach involves hands-on learning, where students develop problem-solving skills and explore their own creativity with new techniques. During this semester-long course, students are exposed to a wide range of two and three-dimensional media, including: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed-media, clay, metal sculpture and wood sculpture. Art history is referenced for each project, and trips to art museums are scheduled in the 6th and 8th grades.
Art Across the Academy, a cross-divisional, collaborative effort, is a program that shares the work of GA student artists and introduces the work of professional artists throughout the campus and into the daily lives of the community.