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.
On Friday, September 4, Cydney learned that she had been named the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Youth Poet and she credits the support of her mother and two older sisters, who are also writers, as what constantly fuels her persistence and activism.
When you sit down with Upper School Studio Art Teacher, Amy Diaz Newman and Senior Hannah Blanco, they seem to have a similar internal rhythm. It is easy to feel the depth of the bond and mutual respect between student and teacher. Amy attributes this connection to something “sort of magical."