The study of art influences many areas of learning and at Rocky Hill School art is an integral part of the educational process. At Rocky Hill, we believe that an understanding of our world and acceptance of different cultures is essential to a productive and balanced learning environment. Our Visual Arts curriculum shows breadth in cultural context, art history, and contemporary art. Problem solving and creative learning encourages students to connect visual knowledge to other subjects and respond with originality, understanding, flexibility, and imagination.
Upper School students are able to choose from an array of courses. Art Foundations students gain an experience in a variety of materials and develop problem-solving skills. The course includes both 2-D and 3-D projects, and culminates with a capstone project, providing students with a strong and comprehensive foundation in visual art before they move on to the more advanced courses. Other courses include Drawing & Painting I, II, Printmaking, Digital Photography, Ceramics, and AP Studio Art.
AP Studio Art student choose to complete a portfolio in Drawing, 2D Design, or 3D Design. The students create a portfolio consisting of at least 25 pieces of art to be submitted to the College Board.
All Middle School students have Studio Art two times a week. Students will advance their foundational drawing techniques, strategies for design, and color theory comprehension in this graded course. Students develop problem solving skills and conceptual thinking by working with a variety of materials, from paint to clay, as they apply the elements and principles of art and design. Projects stem from exposure to art history and contemporary art, multicultural perspectives, and interdisciplinary connections. Documenting the creative process, digital portfolios, visual references, and student-driven presentations are some of the ways the iPad is used by the Middle School students in art.
Lower School art lessons are structured to help students develop flexibility in their thinking and in their imagination. Art lessons also develop in students the awareness of their environment when they are asked to observe in detail. When art students are asked to perform certain skills, they develop motor coordination, which in turn helps their physical growth. When students create sculptures or mobiles, they develop their awareness of space.
The main objective of art in the Lower School which is interdisciplinary in nature, is to develop the freedom to explore and experiment with materials and with subject matter. The Great Impressions Program for Grades 3-5 is designed to develop students’ appreciation of the fine arts through interdisciplinary field trips to renowned museums such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Griswold Museum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Each spring student art work from the entire school is showcased during our annual Arts Week.