Upper School Program (Grades 6 & 7)
In addition to TAB and the Eight Studio Habits of Artists, upper school students use the Artistic Thinking Process (outlined below, courtesy of Melissa Purtee), which provides them with a roadmap for developing an idea into a fully formed work of art. At the beginning of the fall and spring terms, students engage in foundational skill-based “boot camps” that help them understand how each phase of the artistic thinking process functions. The fall boot camps are focused on the creation of two-dimensional artwork (mostly drawing and painting), while the spring boot camps focus on three-dimensional artwork (sculpture and fibers). Upon completion of the boot camps and idea generation exercises, students are gradually released into working on independent, choice-based projects where they have opportunities to apply the skills they learned during the boot camp sessions.