“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.
Students in Middle School Art will continue to build upon their exploration and discovery taken from the Lower School as well as anticipate the exciting diverse opportunities in the Upper School. Students will investigate a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and digital imagery to establish an understanding of the elements and principles of design. Students collaborate with each other as they tackle complex visual problems, foster an understanding of authentic communication, give and receive constructive criticism, and develop analytical skills that will benefit them in the art room and beyond.
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.