High schoolers are developing an enduring sense of identity, and the art room is a place where they can discover the tools and techniques of art-making, and use art as a mirror through which to know themselves.
With beginning and advanced sections of many courses, students at Moses Brown can explore the tools and techniques of art-making, or develop their talents to a professional level. Students are encouraged to follow their interests and passions, and faculty support them on these journeys. Studio Art lets students try paint, charcoal, wood and wire, printmaking, and sculpture. More advanced artists may now further explore their craft in AP Studio Art classes. Ceramics helps students develop their skill with pinch construction, coiling, slabwork, and wheel throwing.
In Painting and Drawing II, juniors begin the semester with a conversation of what most interests them and follow a personalized project trajectory that allows each student to explore their preferred medium and subject matter. Students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and play with new and unconventional materials and ways of presenting their art.
Film and digital photography courses teach students the classic techniques of photography and the latest tools for image manipulation. Textiles and construction help budding fashion designers learn how to design, sew, and exhibit their own collections.
And the Art of Science challenges students to examine the connections between natural and human systems, drawing inspiration from evolution, bio-mimicry, electrochemistry, kinetics, and thermodynamics, and interpreting these phenomena through sketching, sculpture, photography, textiles, and designing automata.