Visual art classes at Tuxedo Park School emphasize active thinking in projects that build art-making skills using observation, representation, and imaginative skills. Art projects are offered in a variety of media including ceramics, fused glass, fiber arts, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Many projects connect with and enhance the curriculum. Students create and illustrate books using stories they have written in the classroom. They study the lives, methods, and styles of artists alive during the historical periods they study in social studies and then go on to create their own interpretation of the artists’ styles.
Recent art projects have included Kindergartners creating a peacock with a printed tail after studying the peacock room by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), and a ceramic portrait of themselves in an inner tube sculpted by students in Grade 3. In connection with their study of ancient Greece and Rome, Grade 5 students created a Roman store, complete with the typical products sold during that time.
Pre-Kindergarten students study art with their classroom teacher. All students in Kindergarten through Grade 9 take art class in the art room. Younger students work simultaneously on projects while older students are granted the freedom to move at their own pace. The Tuxedo Park School art room contains four kilns. The art room provides a light, open space with easy access to the outdoors both for the natural resources we value and for projects that are simply too big and messy for an indoor space.