We believe that art is not arrived at but rather it is a continuous process to be practiced and cultivated over time.
The Visual Arts Department at The Darrow School is designed around a central theme of process through exploration of materials and techniques. Foundational skills are rooted in the Elements and Principles of Art and Design, giving students a solid base knowledge and skill set to expand further through assignments and projects. Research and evaluation of historical and contemporary artists builds and connects students’ own work to larger concepts. Through a variety of teaching practices, including writing and research, students develop critical analytical skills.
Our goals are to help students become critical and creative thinkers and problem solvers, to expose them to creative outlets of personal expression, and to display the value of observing something (or even someone) from multiple perspectives. With an emphasis on project-based learning, we incorporate the Shaker values of innovation and craftsmanship.
Based on class sizes and student diversity, our assignments are individualized to accommodate learning styles. Students’ past exposure to the Arts is taken into account, too. Students have the opportunity to share their experiences, voice their opinions, and personalize the classroom atmosphere. The classroom structure is flexible to accommodate student needs in order to optimize the learning experience. Students are encouraged to utilize the studio outside of class during their free blocks or during evening and weekend studio Open Hours.
To learn more about our Visual Arts program, please contact Liz Fougère, Art Department Chair, at [email protected].