Art education is as fundamental to personal development as training in mathematics, language and science. Art education enhances the ability to fully experience beauty and art, while deepening one’s understanding of culture and history. It sharpens both perception and analytical abilities, just as it nurtures the creativity and imagination necessary for innovative thinking and problem solving. The Barstow art program develops skills vital to a child’s full educational development.
In Lower School, students in kindergarten through fifth grades take an art class twice a week for 40 minutes, while preschool and pre-kindergarten take classes twice a week for a shorter period. The Lower School features a gallery displaying art work by all grade levels, and visiting artists visit regularly to work on special projects with the children.
Middle and Upper School
In Middle and Upper School, the two-dimensional art classes are offered as electives to students in grades six through twelve. Students in the Middle School may choose from such classes as General Art, Painting, Black and White Photography and Ceramics. These classes are offered on a semester basis and students may repeat the course for credit and a more challenging curriculum. Students in the Upper School must take Art Fundamentals as a graduation requirement and as a prerequisite for other art classes. These classes are semester long courses and the students earn a half credit for successful completion of the course. After students have completed all course work in a specific media, they may then take Advanced Drawing and Painting Honors, Photography Honors or Advanced Ceramics Honors. As in all classes, students are expected to utilize the principles and elements of design in their projects. During class students are encouraged to identify strengths and challenges using an artistic vocabulary. Courses are designed to work sequentially and to allow students the opportunity to discover their own creativity.