Visual Art

The Visual Arts program at Boston Trinity Academy is designed to teach students about visual communication and to inspire them towards creation and innovation.  At BTA we consider the arts to be of central concern to the personal development of our students and to the life of the community as a whole.  With this in mind, all students are required to participate in a rigorous visual and performing arts program from 6th through 10th grade.  After 10th grade, art electives are offered.

The goals of the Visual Arts program are to:
  • Examine the disciplines of art, design and history
  • Teach students to understand culture and media through critical visual studies
  • Teach students to enjoy the artistic process through frequent display of student artwork and art shows in the school
  • Develop poise, confidence, and insight as students transform words and material into artistic experssion

Courses: The Elements of Art (Grade 6)  |  Design and Imagination (Grade 7)  |  Art around the World (Grade 8)  |  Identity and Pop Culture (Grade 9)  |  2D Media (Grade 10)  |  Studio Art (Grade 11-12, elective)


The Elements of Art (Grade 6)

The Elements of Art introduces students to the foundations of the visual arts – line, shape, form, space, texture, value, and color.  Students learn about the elements by discussing famous works of art and by creating their own pieces of artwork.  During the course of the semester they complete a myriad of different projects, ranging from photomontage to watercolor, from linear contour drawing to wire sculpture.  They also engage in critique, learning both to articulate their response to the work of others and to accept constructive criticism.

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Design and Imagination (Grade 7)

Design and Imagination builds on the concepts introduced in grade six.Students review the elements of art and begin to discuss the principles of design – unity, emphasis, scale, balance, and rhythm. Projects are designed to allow ample space for students’ individual creativity, while also reinforcing the importance of craftsmanship and thoughtful design. Students work with a variety of materials, including oil pastel, watercolor, gold leaf, gouache, ink, and charcoal.

Course Highlights:
  • Students produce a two dimensional drawing of the exterior of Boston Trinity Academy.

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Art around the World (Grade 8)

Art around the World introduces students to a wide variety of artistic styles and media from across the globe.  For example, students look at West African Adinkra textiles, Australian carved Emu eggs, Chinese calligraphy, Hungarian wycinanki, and the paper cutouts of the South American Otomi Indians.  Students both create their own artwork in response to the cultures studied and also write comparative analysis of the various artworks.  In addition, students draw on their own individual backgrounds and share this cultural wealth with the rest of the class. 

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Upper School Visual Art

Identity and Pop Culture (Grade 9)

In Identity and Pop Culture students are expected to think critically about many topics in the visual arts, including: the intersection of high culture and low culture during the Pop art movement, the history and application of linear perspective, and the startling creativity of artist and stroke victim Chuck Close.  Students are also expected to develop a higher level of craftsmanship than previously acquired.  They will take on such challenges as drawing an entire city in three-point perspective and creating a linoleum relief print reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s work.  Finally, students will continue to hone their skill in art criticism, developing a vocabulary with which they can discuss visual culture.

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2D Media (Grade 10)

This course emphasizes the process of creating two-dimensional artwork using the elements and principles of design. Assignments are designed to help students develop a more refined eye towards composition and craftsmanship. Some of the artists studied are Georgia O’Keeffe, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, and Wayne Thiebaud. Students will strengthen their draftsmanship, as well as their painting skills through the use of watercolor and acrylic paint. Other mediums used include soft and oil pastel, printing ink, and collage media.

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Studio Art Elective (Grade 11-12)

This course follows a curriculum intended for students interested in developing a supplemental art portfolio. Students are given the opportunity to further their technical skills through extended projects and assignments. At the conclusion of the semester, students will have completed a five to ten piece portfolio for college submission as they continue to build on their understanding from Art9 and Art10.

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