An overview of our art curriculum

The Art offerings at Rock Point include three years of a hands on studio art curriculum inspired by artists, creative movements, and time periods in Art History. The senior year is a Studio Art curriculum. The goals of the Art Program are to expose students to the development of art and ideas about art through time, from cave drawings through contemporary art; to teach students how to use and care for various art materials and supplies; and to allow and encourage students to connect with their creative instincts. All students work on building a portfolio from their first day in class, both as a record of their own development as artists as well as for those who aspire to art school.

Also, please check out our online portfolio of student art.

Additional goals of the Art Program are as follows:

  • to teach students to recognize and understand the major themes in Art History
  • to give students a written and visual vocabulary with which they can communicate about art
  • to help students connect the world of art to the ideas and themes in other parts of the curriculum
  • to provide time and space for students to develop their skills and techniques
  • to help students develop and maintain a well rounded portfolio
  • to help integrate students’ lives and interests with the wider community through displaying their art both at school and in the community
  • to provide time for, and to encourage, students’ participation in community art activities

The Beginnings of Art

This class covers the “beginnings of art,” including Paleolithic, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Environmental art. Some of the studio component projects that accompany this study include making a mosaic, mask-making, and designing and drawing a cartouche.

Art of the Middle Ages

This class covers art from the Middle Ages (early medieval to Gothic) and the Renaissance, with a focus on the Masters. Some of the studio components of this course include making a book of illuminations, Celtic knot, one point perspective, and watercolor designs of stained glass Cathedral windows.

Modern Art

This course covers Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art. Assignments include several acrylic-on-canvas works, Pointillism Postcards, and drip paintings. The focus of the class allows for more development of technique and drawing and painting skills.

Studio Art

Our highest-level art class follows a mixed curriculum with a focus on observation work that covers traditional drawing, collage, painting, watercolor, printing techniques (including block printing and silk screening), nontraditional mixed-media, and upcycled art. The seniors work as a group, orchestrating the behind the scenes efforts, as part of graciously hosting the Annual Rock Point School Art Show. This class is for non-artists and artists alike, and it is an opportunity for students who want to attend art school to work on portfolio requirements and begin to fill in gaps in their studio art education.