Throughout the Gulliver Prep 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.
Primary and Lower Schools
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.
The Visual Arts courses are designed to enable students to develop skills in studio art while nurturing an appreciation and interest in the arts. Students develop perceptual awareness, creative self-expression, and a basic understanding of the history of art. A working portfolio at each student’s level of expertise and technique is developed throughout the year. In fifth grade, students participate in a course that integrates art and drama. Art classes also are available in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Advanced art classes are only offered in the eighth grade.
The Visual Arts program implements the IB MYP philosophy, providing 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.