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Upper School Academic Departments

Visual Arts

The JK-12 visual arts program is a cumulative and comprehensive approach to creative development. Students observe the world around them and manipulate tools and materials to communicate ideas visually. The personal growth of each student as an artist is encouraged through observation, reflection, interpretation, and expression of ideas. Students are exposed to a plethora of creative possibilities, including the artistic output of individuals and cultures worldwide so that they may learn, as well, through the artistic expression of others. Students learn to find and make connections among art and all other disciplines. Ultimately, they value originality and self-discovery through the creative process.
  • Art JK

    Meets One Time a Week
    Students are encouraged to explore and express themselves through a variety of media and multi-dimensional projects related to thematic units. The program exposes students to tools and reinforces the development of fine motor skills and spatial awareness. Students experiment with felt, clay, and paint to create collages, prints, and other projects. Various cultures are explored, and students create works of art that reflect those cultures’ traditions and practices.
  • Art K

    Meets Two Times a Week
    Students are encouraged to explore and express themselves through a variety of media and multi-dimensional projects related to thematic units. The program exposes students to tools and reinforces the development of fine motor skills and spatial awareness. Students experiment with felt, clay, and paint to create collages, prints, and other projects. Various cultures are explored, and students create works of art that reflect those cultures’ traditions and practices.
  • Art 1

    Meets Two Times a Week
    Students are encouraged to explore and express themselves through a variety of media and multi-dimensional projects related to thematic units. The program exposes students to tools and reinforces the development of fine motor skills and spatial awareness. Students experiment with felt, clay, and paint to create collages, prints, and other projects. Various cultures are explored, and students create works of art that reflect those cultures’ traditions and practices.
  • Art 2

    Meets Two Times a Week
    Students are encouraged to explore and express themselves through a variety of media and multi-dimensional projects related to thematic units. The program exposes students to tools and reinforces the development of fine motor skills and spatial awareness. Students experiment with felt, clay, and paint to create collages, prints, and other projects. Various cultures are explored, and students create works of art that reflect those cultures’ traditions and practices.
  • Art 3

    Meets Two Times a Week
    Students become more aware of and responsive to lines, colors, design, shapes, and textures in the environment. Students are encouraged to use self-expression in their pieces and focus on the artistic process rather than the finished product. Students complete two- and three-dimensional projects involving painting, drawing, print-making, clay modeling, sculpture, fiber art, collage, mask-making, and photographic imagery. Through projects that utilize materials or replicate the crafts or arts of specific time periods, students acquire greater understanding of the historical elements of the social studies units they study.
  • Art 4

    Meets Two Times a Week
    Integrated with social studies the fourth grade art program focuses on early American art, artists, and arts and crafts that were indigenous to colonial, European-influenced America and from other cultures, including those of Native Americans. In addition students pursue more advanced techniques in drawing, painting, graphic design, weaving, relief printing, hand built ceramics, sculpture, and bookmaking. Field trips to the National Museum of the American Indian, National Gallery of Art, and to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown serve as inspirations for projects and to develop a keener awareness and appreciation of how the visual arts informs us about the development of a culture.
  • Art 5

    Meets Two Times a Week
    Students become more aware of and responsive to lines, colors, design, shapes, and textures in the environment. Students are encouraged to use self-expression in their pieces and focus on the artistic process rather than the finished product. Students complete two- and three-dimensional projects involving painting, drawing, print-making, clay modeling, sculpture, fiber art, collage, mask-making, and photographic imagery. Through projects that utilize materials or replicate the crafts or arts of specific time periods, students acquire greater understanding of the historical elements of the social studies units they study.

Department Faculty

  • Anne Ross

    Lower School Visual Arts Teacher, Grades 3-5
    703-212-2842
    College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA - B.A.
    Bio
  • Jade Xia

    Lower School Visual Arts Teacher, Grades JK-2
    (703) 212-2823
    Rhode Island School of Design - MAT
    State University of New York, College of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA - MS
    Rhode Island College Providence, Rhode Island, USA - BFA
JK-12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

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  • Lower School

    Grades: JK-5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304