Art Education

Elementary and Middle School Art:

At Center School, all Elementary School students have art one day per week, year round. Middle School students have art daily, for eight weeks.

In Elementary School, art activities are playful and exploratory. Each activity is designed to expose students to new materials: or to allow students to experiment with an unfamiliar technique. Emphasis is placed on the creative process rather than creating a finished project.

Beginning in Middle School, students are given projects that ask them to create cultural objects. In order to bridge the gap between the classroom and our Visual Culture… students are introduced to real world examples of: Graphic Design, Transportation Design, Caricatures, Comic Strips, and Animation. Drawing from observation is introduced as an activity to increase perceptual awareness. Students are instructed in any necessary art making techniques necessary to help them realize their vision.

High School Art:

In High School, students are encouraged to think of themselves as part of a long cultural tradition of artistic production. Before each project, students examine historical and contemporary artworks and are introduced to relevant concepts from other subject areas: history, mythology, psychology, etc. Preliminary skill-building exercises help to build student competence in new media. Creativity is encouraged and constructive criticism is offered. Individual project themes are designed to be flexible enough to maximize student investment in their own artwork. Specific respect is given to the role that art making often does play in adolescent identity formation.

In High School, Marking Period classes are structured so as to allow students to choose the type of artistic production that they would like to pursue in a more in depth manner. As their art elective, students may choose…

  1. Ceramics and Sculpture
  2. Architecture and Design
  3. Drawing and Painting
  4. Cartooning and Animation

Yearlong art courses are also offered. Yearlong courses cover all the genres of art listed above; the difference being that: yearlong courses move at a slower pace, less projects are attempted, allowing for a more in depth exploration of ideas. Upon consultation with the instructor: students are also given the opportunity to substitute a class project with a project of their own conception.

Course Descriptions:


We’re proud of the art our students create so beautifully. To see a sample of their work, please click here.


The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Visual Art; are designed as examples of concepts to be understood by the learner. These general concepts are thought to be applicable- across cultures and throughout history. This fact enables great flexibility in designing meaningful art experiences that are appropriate for the emotional maturity of our students. CCCS are built into every unit of study.

* Ample opportunities for exhibition exist both within our school and in the community at large.