Throughout the Gulliver experience, art is stressed as a goal to enrich one’s life, solve problems, communicate, and experience the aesthetic beauty of the world around us. At the Primary and Lower School levels, Visual Arts is emphasized in a variety of ways and in many mediums. Students gain an understanding of what the visual arts are and how to appreciate the works of artists, both historical and contemporary.
Gulliver’s Middle School Visual Arts program is designed to enable students to develop art making skills while nurturing an understanding of the formal and expressive qualities of their own pieces as well as the work of others. Students develop perceptual awareness, observational drawing skills, creative self-expression, and a basic understanding of the history of art.
Students are given the opportunity to be introduced to painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, one and two-point perspective, and digital photography. They also develop a working portfolio over the course of the school year.
Gulliver’s Visual Arts courses apply the IB Middle Years Program philosophy through the Areas of Interaction, as they provide curricula that encourages students to make real life connections with what they learn in the classroom, strive to nurture critical and reflective thinking, and emphasize internationalism.
The Visual Arts program at the Upper School operates on the foundational belief that all students can learn the necessary skills to create, enjoy and understand art and, that, with proper instruction and nurturing, all students are able to compile a body of work regardless of ability, learning style, or talent. The Preparatory Visual Arts program encompasses 27 courses and levels in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and architectural design.
In 11th and 12th grades, students can be recommended into advanced courses including International Baccalaureate Visual Arts as well as Advanced Placement Art (two-dimensional design, drawing, or three-dimensional design portfolios).
Assignments and experiences are designed for students to achieve success in improving skill; creative problem solving and critical thinking skills; cultural investigation and research; relevant self-expression; and the ability to make connections between their individual art making processes and other interests or classes.