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Lincoln’s Visual Arts program provides students with skills and concepts that challenge their visual thinking processes, develop visual communication skills and encourage an inventive response to visual problems. The art curriculum is developmental in nature, building on skills and concepts with increasing sophistication from Nursery through Grade 12. Students experience a wide variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, photography, woodworking, ceramics. Each spring we have a school-wide art show displaying works done by each student in the school.

The Reggio Emilia inspired Early Childhood program includes visits to the Studio on a regular basis in small groups to explore materials ranging from found objects from the natural world to wire, clay, fiber, wood, paint and anything else of interest to the children. With increased exposure to materials children learn to investigate, create and explore in a more sophisticated manner during the Oak, Ginkgo and Kindergarten years.

In the Lower School, students continue to explore the physical world around them and expand their knowledge of world cultures and art history. Working across the curriculum students may make puppets of Greek gods and goddess, draw insects and paint on silk, or work on a mural for a community celebration. Students build analytical skills through discussion of art works and learn respect for the ideas and opinions of others. Visiting artists and trips to RISD enhance and support a life long interest in art. 

The Middle School art curriculum combines Art History with the Principles and Elements of Design, showing the students how art and artists have reflected the culture and technology of every past era, and developing the students' own skills and creativity for self-expression.  Visual Arts also works cross curricularly with each department. Within their art periods the students create set design and costumes with the Performing Arts Department and create Calder-inspired endangered species mobiles with the Science Department.

In the Upper School students are exposed to a wide selection of required and elective courses. Aesthetic awareness, art appreciation, and media exploration are experienced through ceramics, drawing, photography, sculpture, and painting. Assessment is largely portfolio-based. Seniors often submit a portfolio as either a supplement, or in the case of art or architecture applicants, a requirement to their college applications.  Life Drawing is offered as part of the Summer Camp program. This is a week long course that allows the student to participate in the study of drawing human anatomy. If a student has a very special interest in the Visual Arts an Art Major is offered their Junior and Senior year.  This specialized program was created so that girls can have the necessary time and instruction to perfect technical skills required for the formation of a successful portfolio. These portfolios are shown to colleges during the student's application process.


















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