“We shall not cease from exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
- T.S. Eliot
Baldwin's Lower School Art curriculum integrates core subjects and studio art in an engaging, creative, and imaginative environment. We also work hand-in-hand with the DREAM Lab® to build relevant and forward-thinking art lessons.
Frequent art discussions promote ease in public speaking and the ability to articulate and receive constructive responses. Students consider the meaning of art through analysis of subject matter, themes and symbols, thereby enabling them to identify artists, art styles and world cultures. We explore many art techniques from around the world, such as creating Egyptian clay canopic jars, plaster-cloth pyramids, Japanese "gyotaku" scrolls and African animal intaglio prints. The girls also make artworks as diverse as mixed-media self portraits, cave art stories and color-scheme paintings to develop individual expression and visual communication.
The Lower School artroom is a warm, active, friendly place; nurturing and enhancing our Baldwin girls' inherent desire to learn and to create.
Middle School art students typically exhibit a developmental shift from individual expression to a desire to represent the world around them "correctly," and by so doing, become more alike and part of a group. At Baldwin, we work with the prevailing energy of this age. Students learn the art of collaboration as they work together on group projects—whether designing and constructing large-scale sculptures or individual variations on a structured installation on a given theme. These themes resonate with other Baldwin experiences: athletics and positive body image; environmental studies and sustainable fashion design; and the study of women artists and the many paths creativity can take in life.
Perceptual painting, imaginative sculpture, deep responses to image-making concepts through photography, a blend of timeless craftsmanship and new technologies in jewelry, and the juxtaposition of arguably the oldest art form to express contemporary experience in the ceramics studio lead our students to these greater questions of what and how we know, feel and communicate. In addition, the art history classroom provides a true interdisciplinary exploration.