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, January 15, 2017

Leonardo inspired Flying Machines

Each year 3D Design students study the work of Leonardo DaVinci, specifically, his flying machines.
We then ask ourselves, if Leonardo had the  materials that we do in the sculpture studio, what might he construct? we test our machines by flying them off the highest point at GA--the green roof. To really see how well they fly-we put an egg inside!
The results are always interesting and occasionally messy.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Senior SpotlightL C Andress

The Ten

Mac and cheese
Christmas time
Ga/pc week
Hot chocolate after playing in the snow
Curling up and reading a book
Lazy beach days
Team spirit

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Senior Spotlight: B Skelly

The Ten

Justin Bieber 
Cozy Blankets 
Old Pictures 
Germantown Academy

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Design Thinking Your Super Power

Lower School students dove right into a Design Thinking project this fall.  The challenge was to design a super power that they wish they could have.  They could choose/make-up any super power, but it needed to be something that was helpful to someone, or something else in their community or the world.  The students worked collaboratively to brainstorm (or IDEATE) their sketches on paper.  The next step was to build a sculptural sketch, (or PROTOTYPE).  The prototype needed to go through multiple adjustments (or ITERATIONS), before it was ready for spray paint and labeling/logo design.  Many of the designs were put to the TEST with imagination and brilliant success!  We are currently taking our designs to the iPad and creating digital renderings with 3D imaging software. This project is a great example of combining Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, or STEAM. The app we are using is called 123D Design and is free to download if you wish to explore from home. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Senior Spotlight: J Hermance

The Ten 

1.Strumming and writing songs while playing my ukulele
2.Fresh powder-covered ski slope 
3.Taking bubble baths 
4. Chocolate Covered Strawberries 
5. Beach walks 
6. Fresh coffee 
7. 80's music 
8. Peanut Butter 
9. Scoring a goal in soccer
10. Oversized sweaters and fuzzy socks 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Senior Spotlight: F Koons

The Ten

Netflix and Chill

Beach fam
Chelsea F.C.
How I Met Your mother
Morning car ride jams
Mexican food