The Art Program opens the eyes of our students to the influence and power of imagination and creativity in the world. SAA art students learn the fundamental skills and concepts of art, in addition to art history and lives of famous artists.
Art is viewed as an integral subject in the overall humanities program offered at The Academy. Students in prekindergarten through sixth grade receive weekly instruction in the school's expansive art facility, which features a fully-equipped ceramics studio with two fully operational kilns. An art elective is offered to the seventh and eighth graders.
Students are taught the fundamentals of art and are encouraged to develop personal technique and style, while enjoying the opportunity to express themselves in a variety of media. Formal instruction includes work in drawing with pencil, charcoal, pastels, ink, painting in watercolor, tempera and acrylic, and ceramic work. A student art show, held each spring, displays selected works created by boys in first through eighth grades.
An additional component of the art curriculum is weekly discussions of art history and the lives of famous artists. Afternoon classes in drawing, painting and clay are offered in the fall and spring. Field trips to local museums and galleries are also an option available to students for further study.
Boys get it in their heads that they aren't any good at art, and it is difficult to change that, so I try to get them on a positive note early. Before long, I'm hanging their artwork on the walls of Ellison Hall for display in the annual art show. It's truly amazing to see the transformation in their skill and confidence level.
- Cary Gates