Art in Upper School encompasses a broad range of media and techniques, with courses offered in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, Ceramics, Photography, Graphics Design and Digital Video. Visual arts teachers at AFS introduce students to the tools, skills and history of each discipline and provide opportunities for them to explore and express their personal experience. The arts classroom is a communal and collaborative environment, which encourages young artists to examine both their own processes and those of their peers. The skills, curiosity and passions nurtured in students of the arts will influence their development as thinkers, workers and citizens throughout their lifetimes.
The visual arts program is sequential in nature, allowing each student to build upon the skills taught in the course previous to it. This hands-on program is designed to engage students fully in the mastery of the tools, materials and techniques necessary for creative visual expression. Fundamental concepts of design and image-making and the skills involved in producing art are stressed as necessary components of the process.
Senior Desmond Daniels has found a special kind of freedom in creating art, unconsciously developing a comic style that feels right to him. “I love art. It gives me the ability to be creative, to get my thoughts down on paper in a visual way. It just allows me to be free,” he said in his quiet, thoughtful way.
For Katie Botak, taking art classes at AFS changed what had been a hobby into a full-fledged passion, and completing an intense precollege program between her junior and senior years played a pivotal role in her decision to pursue art in college.