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Visual Arts

Honors Art Studio 3

Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C. with a Tiffany glass mosaic.

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Art Studio 2

Enjoying a “comfortable cup of tea” with their hand-made pottery.

Latin Class Pottery Project

Gwynedd Mercy Academy Art Department

The art department at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School follows curriculum standards established by the National Art Education Association. GMAHS’s art curriculum consists of four main components; creating, producing and presenting, responding, and connecting. In addition to following these national core arts standards, the art department participates in selected art contests, attends special art exhibitions, and hosts visiting artists and workshops in our studio.The art department participates in the Excellence by Design accreditation process by including critical thinking, curriculum development, and Mercy mission in the program. GMAHS’s art department includes a spiritual aspect in the curriculum as well. Several belief principles are part of the art process at GMAHS. Our creativity and inspiration are gifts from God. We give back to God and others by sharing our creativity. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we trust God to guide us in a good artistic direction. We honor God by creating visual art that communicates and shares our ideas, beliefs, and dreams with our community and the world.

Art Department Goals

Gwynedd Mercy students will demonstrate improved critical thinking skills. This will be accomplished through a balanced program of art education that addresses the study of art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. When students produce artwork, they will ask themselves questions about composition, design, form, and color. They will develop their technical skills with a variety of media. They will enhance and question their creativity and challenge themselves to develop a visually expressive voice. These questions will lead them into thought about aesthetics, the philosophy of beauty. Students will ask themselves “What is art?”. They will develop rational answers that they can logically defend during art critiques. Students will also study art criticism and read and write about art and professional artists. They will ponder fundamental questions about art and its role in our society. Students will learn how art can be connected to contemporary social, political, moral, and economic issues. Lastly, students will study art history. They will view and discuss important artwork from the past and learn about the historical contexts in which significant art was created and how it is connected to contemporary issues. This will challenge students to critically analyze their own art in the context of their own culture and world.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Field Trip

Latin and Art students from upper level classes enjoyed a wonderful field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Friday with Dr. Kuyat and Mrs. Hohenstein. The trip was enhanced by creative chaperones; Dr. Myers and Ms. Fasano. Students toured the Classical art gallery with museum educators and learned a lot about Greek pottery, Greek & Roman sculpture, and Roman Frescoes. Latin students worked in the art room last semester and made Greek style pottery. They will be making frescoes later in the year. The trip was a great opportunity for them to see real examples of ancient art. Art students are currently working on art history presentations and landscape paintings (Hudson River school style). Their experience in the museum was inspirational.

Students also had the opportunity to visit other galleries of their choice. Some favorites included Medieval, American, European, and Modern & Contemporary art. Students are responding to the field trip with a sketching and writing assignment which includes descriptive writing, inspired sketching, and art criticism. This great day of art and culture was educational and fun.