Program Description

The Visual Art Department at Germantown Academy is committed to providing a comprehensive education in the arts within the context of a liberal arts education. Our foundation and advanced curriculum is a well-rounded and versatile approach to the study and application of art. It is designed to provide a creatively stimulating education in an open environment of studio classes. Experimentation and innovation, collaboration and social responsibility are themes built into the curriculum. While these courses extend excellent opportunities for the general study of art and life-long arts advocacy, they are also designed to cultivate serious talents in the visual arts. Many of our students have gone on to prominent careers in commercial, fine, and applied arts.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

T Whitman Senior Project: Photographing Unseen Philadelphia

Senior Thom Whitman  spent his time on senior project photographing the in and around the Philadelphia area. Focusing on the deteriorating buildings his portfolio explores beautiful and haunted, explores surface, form and light.  Click here to see the whole portfolio.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Show and tell Art in Kindergarten

Art Activities Scrap Show and Tell – After choosing a theme, Kindergarten artists had to create something to go along with the theme (i.e. “Monsters) using scrap construction paper, scissors, tape, and markers. After they finished making their creation, students took turns sharing and listening.

Day of the Dead Calaveras – As a seasonal celebration of the Latin American holiday, The Day of the Dead, Kindergarten made calavera (skull) masks using plaster tape and decorated them with bright colors and vibrant patterns using paint, gems, and sequins. Gyotaku Fish Prints – To begin their unit on printmaking, Kindergarteners made drawings and fish printing plates inspired by the traditional style of Japanese fishermen, gyotaku (“fish rubbing”). Next, they will create beautiful marbleized paper—the Japanese art of suminagashi or “floating ink” to print their fish on.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sabrina Tran's Fashion Passion Project

House Olympic House Art Challenges

House As Home and House Tower Challenge

As part of the Upper School annual House Olympics student teams were asked to create an art  work(s) that shows the evolution and variety of human structures, while communicating the constants that define a home (without the use of words). Other teams undertook the challenge of designing a proposed tower that celebrates the pride and glory of their GA House (Think Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tower of London, Watts Tower in LA…)