Upper School Art
The Caravel Academy Visual Arts program allows students to develop their artistic abilities through hands-on production of artwork, problem solving, group critique, and creative thinking. Studio courses are offered to students in grades 9-12 and are designed to develop, nurture, and foster student creativity. Students will not only learn how to create works of art in different media, but also learn to develop critical thinking skills by approaching problems with new and creative strategies.
Art I provides an introduction to painting, drawing, composition, and design. Students develop a working art vocabulary through the understanding of the elements and principles of design as well as studying the work of historical periods/movements in art and prominent artists. They will work in a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, ink, acrylic paint, and watercolor. Art II offers a more in-depth study of painting and drawing. Students advance their techniques and skill base in acrylic painting, discuss color theory, draw on a larger scale, study form and sculpture, and work in mixed media. Students who are interested in developing their skill sets in drawing and painting may advance on to Art III and Art IV. Independent Study experiences and Portfolio Development are offered for upperclassmen. These options allow art students who want more focused studio time or may have an interest in pursuing the visual arts at a college level to work one-on-one with an art instructor in order to develop their specific interests and build a professional portfolio. A variety of sculpture, modeling, and craft experiences, on an introductory level and using varied media, are the focus of our 3-D Design course.
In addition to creating visual works of art, CA also offers experience in digital design and layout through our yearbook courses. The year-long Buccaneer yearbook course allows students to produce the Upper School and Middle School yearbooks, while the semester long option, Little Bucs, allows students to develop our Lower School and Pre-School yearbook. Students who are chosen to participate in the production of the Caravel yearbooks create beautiful and historic snapshots of CA history by documenting the many enriching experiences of being a part of the Caravel community, both in and outside of the classroom.
Student artwork is displayed throughout the year and our annual end-of-year Visual Arts Show displays selected work from all grade levels as part of a school-wide Arts Festival.
The opportunities for student growth and development are endless at Caravel Academy. Stop in to our Visual Arts studios and find out where your creativity and unique ideas will take you!
Upper School Visual Arts Instructor
Buccaneer Yearbook Advisor
Lower School Art
This course is intended to enhance the student’s understanding of concepts and techniques used in art. Various techniques and media will be explored in this
class. Group discussions and hands on work will be included in class activities. Various projects will help enhance fine motor skills and integrate multiple core subjects to help them understand more.
Classes are year round to lower school and quarterly to middle school students.
Lower & MIddle School Art Teacher