Eighth graders at Moses Brown have an extensive menu of fine and performing arts opportunities available to them.
Developmentally, middle schoolers are grappling with their own emerging sense of identity as they prepare for upper school. The art room is a place where they can discover the tools and techniques of art-making, and how making art is a helpful mirror with which to know oneself. In Studio Art, students create perspective drawings, ceramics, optical illusions, and weekly sketch assignments to familiarize them with the artistic process of planning and sketching, both for their projects and as a creative outlet.
In drama, eighth grade actors push themselves to dig deeper, project farther, and live fully and truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of theatre. They memorize a scene from Shakespeare’s works to present in our ‘Flash-mob Shakespeare’ pop-up performances. In doing so, they learn to inhabit a character on stage with confidence, to speak comfortably in front of a crowd, and constructively and respectfully critique creative work to help one another become better artists.
Students leave the middle school drama room understanding acting as a means of knowing themselves, confident that they can contribute to a rehearsal–as an actor, improviser, designer, or director and with a firm understanding of the importance of art in society.Inquire