Art is a journey of self-discovery and a way to develop multiple ways of knowing and communicating.
Especially in their pre-literacy years Early Childhood Center students focus on exploring materials, painting, drawing, finding ways to express themselves and developing an experience through their activities. Their open-ended art promotes creativity, encourages neural connection, builds fine motor skills and develops problem-solving abilities.
Throughout their Elementary School years students are introduced to a variety of materials and mediums and learn to reflect on the process by creating artist statements, digital and physical portfolios, and sharing with peers.
Beginning in Middle School students study the History of Art and develop a greater understanding of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. In High School they have the option of choosing among several elective courses that include drawing and painting, 2-D and 3-D design, graphic design, animation and IB Visual Art in Grades 11 and 12 where they experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. Grade 12 IB Visual Art students' journey culminates with the spring IB Art Vernissage where their work and artists' statements are curated in a wonderful exhibition for the Marymount community.