Art Department

The Visual Art Program at Woodward focuses on guiding young artists to develop a visual language all their own. Students gain a sense of self while developing an understanding of art making practices, art history, and contemporary art issues.

Middle School Overview

The Middle School art program provides students with a strong foundation in the visual elements and principles of art, and students are enrolled in vigorous art courses as part of their regular curriculum. Students develop skills in life drawing, and become increasingly proficient in painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. The curriculum integrates art history and contemporary art into every project.

Upper School Overview

The Upper School visual arts program was developed to support the creativity of the individual artist and her interests. With the background of visual arts training provided in the Middle School, students are guided to build stronger connections in specific media or styles. If this is the first time a student has taken a visual arts course, introductory courses are offered to help students build individual aesthetic, and allow them to gain increasing confidence in the art making process.

Middle School Art Classes

+ Art 6

Sixth grade artists study the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Art history and the study of contemporary artists are incorporated into every lesson. The artists discussed include Georgia O'Keefe, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Henri Rousseau, and Ansel Adams. They also study works from a variety of different cultures and time periods. Basic color theory and drawing techniques are covered. Students create work in monotype, acrylic, tempura, watercolor, pen and ink, collage, and various drawing media including charcoal.

+ Art 7

Students in seventh grade art will learn more technical aspects of drawing, including linear perspective and design ideas. We will explore artists whose work exemplify the Op Art movement, Cubism, Surrealism, Fauvism, as well as works from Outside Artists and in the Arts and Crafts movement. Students will create artwork in media including printmaking, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Within these areas, students will work in monotype, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, pen and ink, collage, and various drawing media including charcoal.

+ Art 8

Students will learn a basic art vocabulary, a variety of art making techniques, and they will examine historical and contemporary artworks. Art units in eighth grade art classes are geared towards exploration of self and communicating ideas visually through paint, sculpture, and drawing. Students are challenged to use knowledge from previous art courses to create thoughtful, well crafted artworks. Students will create artwork in media including printmaking, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Within these areas, students will work in monotype, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, pen and ink, collage, and various drawing media including charcoal.

Upper School Art Classes

+ Studio Art I, II, and III - Full Year Course

In this introductory art course, students will learn a basic art vocabulary, a variety of art making techniques, and they will examine historical and contemporary artworks. Students will create artwork in media including printmaking, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Within these areas, students will work in monotype, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, pen and ink, collage, and various drawing media including charcoal. A research paper on an artist will be required.

+ Drawing/Painting - Full Year Course

Basic skills and techniques in drawing and painting are covered in this course, with a foundation in drawing from observation. Lessons range from still life, portraiture, landscape, perspective, and technical drawing and painting methods to experimental, abstract, and conceptual art making processes. Students will create artwork in media including ink, pastels, chalk, charcoal, pencil, colored pencils, acrylic, tempera, and watercolor. Works will be produced on a range of materials from recycled materials to paper to canvas- based paintings. Realistic and abstract styles will be the explored.

+ Drawing/Painting II and III - Full Year Course

Students will build on the knowledge learned in Drawing and Painting and apply those skills to more complex projects. Projects will be based on the students’ interests. Materials will be charcoal, watercolor, and acrylic. Students will experiment with different drawing papers.

+ Advanced Art - Full Year Course

This course is designed for the advanced art student who would like to build an art portfolio and advance her skills as an artist. The course will be adapted to the interests of each student depending on her skill. Through longer studio projects and more elaborate sketchbook assignments, students will learn the expectations of college level work. Students will begin with a series of challenges to spark creativity and reinvigorate art-making practices. They will spend the school year developing multiple series based in their chosen media to create a cohesive body of work. Prerequisite: Grade 12 student, Permission of Instructor

+ Photography I

Students will learn fundamental photographic techniques. All assignments will be done using Photoshop editing. Students will learn the basics of composition and become proficient in Photoshop by the end of the year. Students will have a weekly photo journal and a larger assignment each month.

+ Photography II

This course is a review of the technical aspects of photography, as well as the development of a student’s ability to communicate an idea effectively. Use of Photoshop is a major component in this course. Students will have weekly technique lessons as well as large projects.

+ Photography III

The emphasis of this class will be on the student’s ability to develop his or her personal vision and creativity. Advanced Photoshop techniques will be explored in order for students to create a cohesive body of work. As seniors, each student will have a semester long independent project that will be her major grade.