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.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Honors Sculpture and 4th Grade Students Collaborate on Environmental Sculpture

The entire Fourth Grade and Upper School Honors Sculpture visited the Pine Grove at The Schykill Center for Environmental Education. While there, together with almost 90 student artists, we talked about the power of collaboration, using natural, found materials to create art, and the HUGE thrill of building something bigger then ourselves. 
The student artists were also asked to think about the idea of making art that is site specific, and would remain in the grove after we left. We discussed the fact that the work is like our lives, it will naturally change over time, and the memory of the piece, and the experience, will live on in our hearts, minds and in photos-- much like life itself.

Each student group had about an hour to build a fort-like structure out of wood found on site. The structure was to house their entire group of about 6-8 students. They were all up for the challenge, and all found great success! The results are diverse, dramatic and glorious...just like the  young artists themselves!