Structured and spontaneous experimentation forms the basis of Dexter Southfield’s visual arts education. Giving students the basic foundation of art through the elements and principles of design, they begin to explore new materials and ideas. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional art is discovered through hands-on creation of projects, and color theory is reinforced in every Class. Examining life, engaging imagination, and using resource material, students continually pursue the art of drawing.
“There are two distinct, amazing sides to visual arts. Artists use their hands to grasp a paintbrush, sculpt clay or hold on to charcoal. The 'art' of making requires a strong, physical connection. And, there is undoubtedly the aspect of creating art that requires your full heart. Artists are passionate people.”
- Visual & Applied Arts Faculty Member
Well-known and respected artworks are introduced with the expectation that students will learn from the work they see. Artists’ lives are discussed, which give the students an art historical context. They are always encouraged to take creative risks and use their critical thinking skills. Each year, students in Classes 1-5 collaborate with their teacher to make a large tempera mural as a backdrop to their public speaking performance. A supportive and nurturing classroom gives students the courage to explore new materials and techniques.