Berwick Academy Visual Arts Departmental Vision
The goal of the visual arts curriculum is to teach students to see, reflect, and respond to the world with fresh eyes. Teachers in all three divisions present a vibrant arts curriculum which encourages the development of each student’s personal voice and presents challenges which cultivate original thought, creative problem solving and risk taking. This curriculum aims to develop the technical skills for a range of disciplines, materials and experience while providing both depth and breadth of artistic study at age appropriate stages of learning. At Berwick Academy, studio spaces are safe places where students engage in collaborative and self-directed study, learn critical thinking skills, and where students gain artistic confidence and an appreciation and understanding of art. This understanding is augmented by an increasing awareness of contemporary artists and historical art context. Student artists are encouraged to connect with the greater community through gallery exhibitions, visiting artists and community art experiences at all levels of study.
Students in the Upper School build upon foundations skills and knowledge of how artists use and employ the elements of art and principles of design. Study in the visual arts promotes research, independent thinking and encourages innovative approaches to creating art where meaning is forged through artistic choices. The Upper School art curriculum begins with the Art of Seeing, the prerequisite course which provides the foundation skills and knowledge needed for further study. Students may then explore areas of interest by choosing from a wide range of trimester electives including studio art studies, ceramics, metalsmithing, photography, digital design and film. Students may also follow a track of study in fine arts, 2D design or 3D design courses leading to Studio Art Honors or AP Studio Art and advanced portfolio development. Upper School art students have been regionally and nationally recognized in art competitions and represented in national exhibitions, and are connected with the Seacoast art community through exhibition and on site visiting artist workshops