THE VISUAL ARTS
K through 12th Grade
VISUAL ARTS K–12 MISSION
Our mission is to give BMUF students the
opportunity to pursue individual artistic excellence, and to initiate a
"lifelong quest that begins by developing a profound understanding and
appreciation of the contributions made by the most innovative creators
in the field". Our goal is to imbue in students intellectual curiosity
and a willingness to experiment, while working through an idea in
stages. Students shall recognize that the study of art history provides
the basis for a visual 'dialogue' in which we can participate.
The K-12 “VERTICAL TEAM” MISSION
The Department of Visual Arts at Briarcliff High School provides a sequential curriculum for students,
early childhood through college level course work. The program focuses
on the arts as a springboard for creative thought across disciplines.
We provide a comprehensive learning progression in the arts curriculum
that is developmentally appropriate, cultivating a core set of skills
and capacities that develop over time.
Critical thinking is stressed throughout. As students expand their
creative potential they develop an appreciation for methods and
practices, as well as, the cultural models from which they are derived.
In analyzing art, students of all ages draw evidence from 'Masterpieces'
and as they develop they discover more in each work to support their
understanding. This increases their ability to discuss and write about
art. With guidance, they recognize technical choices and observe
artistic principles such as composition and color theory. Students
eventually learn to apply these principles to their own art making.
Over time, materials and methods become increasingly refined and
complex. Students become more accomplished and demonstrate their ability
to apply an artist's style or technique to their own original work
understanding that there are multiple solutions to visual problems.
The art classroom offers a setting in which the student can reflect on
oneself, one's interests, likes and dislikes. As well, students are
guided to reflect on the 'world at large', studying social, political
and economic contexts of works of art, giving the student a deeper
understanding and the ability to make connections with other
Todd Elementary, the Briarcliff Middle School and the Briarcliff High
School instructors work as a team, collaborating regularly to provide
our students with a strong vertical learning curriculum and experiences.
Here is what we are currently doing to operationalize our mission across content areas
K THROUGH 12:
- Teaching high level curriculum at each grade level
- Helping students acquire new skills and learn a variety of techniques
- Offering students opportunities to
work in a variety of media: Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture,
ceramics, analog photography/wet darkroom, computer art (digital
drawing, animation, stop-motion, Photoshop, Hyperstudio).
- Helping students refine the skills and techniques that they have already acquired
- Providing salient connections between the arts and other disciplines
- Inspiring students with a broad range of cultural and historical references
- Increasing awareness of opportunities in visual art related careers
- Offering students opportunities to show their work outside of school
- Offering students the opportunity to
participate in the visual arts on the extra-curricular level (Art Honor
Society, Art Club at the HS and MS)