Maret’s Visual Art program strives to instill in our students an awareness of the expressive potential of various art media and the technical skills to meaningfully develop their creative ideas in a visual format.
Through the use of various materials and techniques students learn about expressing ideas visually while gaining an appreciation of historical, contemporary, and cultural connections and art’s integral role in society.
How We Teach
Working with small groups in studio settings, teachers introduce a wide range of materials and art-making methods. Assignments emphasize creative problem solving, nurtured risk taking, exploratory thinking, and developing an appropriate vocabulary for interpreting and critically discussing art.
Student work is self-directed, yet inspired by an appreciation of historical, contemporary, and cultural contexts as a way to gain understanding of how artists think and express their ideas. Drawing, painting, collage, sculpting, ceramics, computer graphics, photography, and public art installation are among the approaches to art that students can explore.
Maret’s Visual Art program stretches beyond the classroom. Extra-curricular options are student driven and include the middle school art club, the yearbook, and the award-winning Literary and Visual Arts Magazine.
In Lower School, students study how artists use color, composition, and contrast to express their ideas, and they experiment with a variety of media. They learn about different artists and genres of art and create artwork inspired by the artists they study and their own experiences.
Students in Middle School embark on an in-depth study of the principles of design and the elements of art—line, shape, value, texture, and color—and learn how to manipulate these art concepts to translate their ideas in a visual format. They also explore an expanded range of techniques and methods of expression. Assignments are progressively more complex, and students are encouraged to discover and value their own modes of expression.
Upper school students complete their Arts requirements in ninth grade, with the option of pursuing additional electives in the Visual Arts throughout their upper school years. Students choose to study one particular art discipline for an entire year at a time. This allows them to expand and refine their technical skills and dive deeper into the subtleties involved in learning to express their ideas convincingly in a visual format. Emphasis is on creative problem solving that leads each student to discover their own personal voice.