Academics
Art

Essential Questions:
How many ways can you describe a line?
Where do you see lines in nature?
What are the different ways you can make lines?

Skills and Enduring Understandings:
While studying art as an academic body of knowledge, Lower School students learn the art vocabulary and develop an awareness of artists, styles, and periods. They also broaden their understanding of cultural diversity and history. Students are exposed to a wide variety of media which stimulates creativity while developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students engage in projects that will develop, strengthen and expand their observation skills and visual memory. Opportunities for integration with other disciplines reinforce, expand and enrich the learning experience. Developmentally appropriate, sequential, hands-on learning experiences inspire confidence, self-awareness and self-expression in our youngest artists.

Sample Units:
Pre-kindergarten (Lines All Around Us): Observe the lines in the floor, furniture, woodwork, clothing, and other areas; fill a drawing with these curved and straight lines.

Kindergarten (All Kinds of Lines): Learn the names of lines, their quality and variety and connect these lines to create designs and patterns that fill your page.

First Grade (Radial and Linear Lines): Design a Triptych creating one image with radial lines, one image with vertical and horizontal lines and the third image using only diagonal lines.

Second Grade (Contour, Convex and Texture): Design a texture grid by utilizing lines in a variety of ways to create the illusion of texture and three-dimensional space.

Third Grade (Rhythm and Movement): Fill a drawing with lines of repetition that create the illusion of value, space, rhythm, motion, tension, and contrast.

Fourth Grade (Blind Contour and Contour): Close your eyes and draw a continuous line for one minute that travels across, around, and over the page by making straight lines and angles as well as curves and loops. Open your eyes and use a view-finder to isolate four interesting sections of line variety. Enlarge these sections into a design in four-frames and add color to the sections creating unity between the four sections.
 

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Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.