In Fine Arts, students creatively express themselves at every level. Beginning in Junior Kindergarten, they are exposed to the Classics, take field trips to the National Gallery of Art, and have opportunities to display their projects in the hall or in on-campus galleries. Each year, our entire community is invited to participate in Wakefield’s Art Show which produces a fantastic exhibition. A leadership opportunity is offered to Upper School students each year through our award-winning literary art magazines, Amulet and Talisman, featuring students’ works from each division.
[MUSIC PLAYING] I think the visual arts are important at Wakefield because we really are all about educating the whole child and it starts in JK and goes all the way through senior year. If a student in the Upper School desires to continue to pursue art, they have the opportunity to do that.
And in our classroom, they're learning how to look in the world around the world and understand it and express their feelings in a visual way, which complements what they're doing in their academic classes, where there's a greater emphasis on written and oral communication.
I really love the atmosphere of the art rooms, because there's always music playing and there's always people to talk to and it's very relaxing.
One of the things that I think we do really well at Wakefield, in the Lower School, in particular, is to integrate all of the different disciplines. As an art teacher, I'm often looking at what my students are learning in their homeroom classes--
And I'm talking with their teachers so that I can develop lesson plans that dovetail with what they're doing in any particular subject.