A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine
Classes in the arts assist students in acquiring a multitude of Twenty-First Century skills. When the students choose the artistic medium they would like to experience throughout each term, one of Eaglebrook's Core Skills of Self-Advocacy and Accountability are employed. Students are then encouraged to assume an active and responsible role in their path to achievement, to recognize and understand their unique style of learning and of producing artworks, and to take responsibility for the care and appropriate use of materials and tools. Through intensive engagement and emotional involvement in the process of creating art, the student will develop the Skills of Self Expression and Creativity. Participation in both the receptive and the productive aspects of their chosen medium, observation of artistic traditions throughout history, and delaying gratification are all central to students learning the creative process. The students employ the Skills of Critical Thinking by learning to identify an artist’s theme or techniques, to explain their views or how they arrived at a conclusion, or critique their own work and the work of their classmates. The Skills of Organization and Time Management are also necessary skills to practice because all classes are tailored to a trimester schedule, and the completion of projects requires planning and focused use of class time.

Courses

List of 17 items.

  • 3D Creations

    3D  Creations is a course that asks students to use their imaginations to combine existing elements of different media into a new creation. In this class students will explore visual solutions that will give new life to objects by making assemblages – 3 dimensional creations using paint, wire, paper, cloth, and lots of found objects. Students will hone their observation skills by examining current art work and they will learn the language of 3D art.
  • Ceramics

    As an introduction to ceramics, students explore the basic techniques of pot formation, glazing, and studio safety and cleanliness. A brief history of the impact of ceramics on civilization and the different types of kilns used for firing finished work are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the repetition of techniques as an avenue to gaining mastery of skills as well as a personal style. Students are expected to complete six assignments: a pinch pot, a coil pot, an attached slab pot, a draped slab pot, a wheel thrown cylinder, and a wheel thrown bowl. There are opportunities for advanced students to pursue independent study after discussion with and special permission from the ceramics teacher. Independent study necessitates a commitment on the student’s part to work during open studio times and on weekends.  
  • Collage

    This art elective introduces students to the craft of collage making. Students control the elements of line, color and form while designing a compositionally sound image from parts of other images and forms. A variety of collages by well-known and lesser known artists are studied and assignments include both two and three dimensional projects. The primary goal of this class is to develop an understanding of collage through visual problem solving, with a secondary goal being pure enjoyment and appreciation of the medium.
  • Creative Literacy - Fourth Form

    Creative Literacy is a course required for all Fourth Form students. It is a basic music appreciation class that provides an overview of music elements, such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. This also gives students the opportunity to explore many different musical genres that they may never have been exposed to previously. This course touches on music history, the composers of a time period, events that might have helped to shape styles of music, stories of why the music was composed, and how different periods in history have distinct styles of music associated with them. Basic music elements are also taught such as note reading, identifying basic music symbols, and using basic music vocabulary appropriately.
  • Digital Art

    This class introduces students to the arts within the computer lab: creating, designing, and editing art, images, and video. Students are required to learn the basic tools of Photoshop, a professional graphics-editing program. In the course of a trimester students work on a variety of projects and learn how to investigate and decipher computer-generated images from non-computer generated images. Student projects include creative compositions derived from all genres of art as well as photographic collages created by imposing and altering images. Specific lessons include creating unique family photos, portraits, morphing animals together, animations, and creating album covers for bands.
  • Digital Photography

    Digital photography plays an important role in today’s world. We take pictures so we can preserve memories, document events and create artistic works. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of photography including technical aspects and photo composition. Frame dynamics, contrast, texture, pattern and depth, as well as photographic components such as line and color are emphasized. Additionally students experiment with the Photoshop program and become proficient at editing and enhancing their images. Through a variety of assigned projects that encourage thoughtful creativity, students learn to critique and discuss their works while concurrently developing an ability to see the world through the lens of a camera.
  • Drawing in the Natural World

    This class introduces students to the arts within the computer lab: creating, designing, and editing art, images, and video. Students are required to learn the basic tools of Photoshop, a professional graphics-editing program. In the course of a trimester students work on a variety of projects and learn how to investigate and decipher computer-generated images from non-computer generated images. Student projects include creative compositions derived from all genres of art as well as photographic collages created by imposing and altering images. Specific lessons include creating unique family photos, portraits, morphing animals together, animations, and creating album covers for bands.
  • Exploring the Design Thinking Process

    The world is in flux and as a result, the number of challenges facing our students is ever expanding. To adequately prepare for the future, students will need increased problem solving skills. Using the Design Thinking models students work collaboratively and are focused on communication, creativity, critical thinking, and innovation. Simple materials are used to build prototypes and additionally, after satisfying the initial requirements of the class, a student can move into designing a product through the use of CAD (computer aided drawing) software which in turn programs the CNC (computer numerical code) machine. This class assists students in transferring the Design Thinking process to other areas of everyday life and promotes problem solving in a meaningful way.
  • Foundational Art

    In stone carving, students will learn how to use tools such as a rasp, fine file and chisel to create three-dimensional objects out of a block of stone. Once the objects are cut out and shaped, the students will use a series of sandpapers to give it a smooth and shiny texture. The final step will be to polish the stone with wax for extra shine and protection.
  • Independent Study/Advanced Studio Art

    An Independent Study is reserved for a serious and responsible art student who has had previous art class experience and who demonstrates a command of the basics of drawing and painting.  The class is offered only for advanced art students who can work well independently and have expressed an interest in creating pieces to augment their art portfolio.  The student must be motivated to put forth extra time and effort on his projects and be willing to commit to working on his assignments during open studio hours on the weekends.
  • Outdoor Art

    Woodworking is a class to take if you like to work with hand and power tools and you think that you may enjoy developing functional pieces from wood. It’s fine if you don’t have any previous experience in a wood shop because you will have the opportunity to learn the basics and more. Or, if you have had some experience, you will have the chance to further develop your skills.
  • Printmaking

    This course is designed as an introduction to the printmaking process. Students will learn a variety of printmaking techniques, including woodcut, linoleum cuts, dry-point etching and monoprinting. Gaining a familiarity with the studio as well as learning to work from observation are key components of this course. Basic concepts of value, color, scale and composition are focal points, and students should expect to come away with a working knowledge of the tools and materials.
  • Stained Glass

    The Stained Glass program offers students an introduction to the basic techniques of pattern making, glass cutting and shaping, copper foiling, and soldering. Emphasis is put on developing an original design that might reflect the individual’s interest. Subjects range from simple patterns to complex figures, animals, and landscapes. Advanced students may create yearlong projects for their homes or for special gifts.
  • Stone Carving

    In this trimester long class students learn how to transform a two dimensional idea into a three dimensional work of art. The proper use of the tools used in the reduction and polishing processes is stressed and emphasis is placed on the repetition of basic skills. The students generally finish one or two pieces and in the process they are not only practicing an ancient art form but are additionally developing skills in design and the art of patience.
  • Third Form Woodworking

    Spend quality time in the ceramics studio learning how to create with clay. Get your hands going creating unique and fun sculptures that you can use. Learn how to build animal soap dishes, monster mugs, noodle bowls, and piggy banks. Once we have the basics down we will be able to work on the wheel learning how to make more advanced pieces. No previous skills are necessary. Come and join us in the sun filled ceramics studio and explore your creative ideas.
  • Two-Dimensional Art

    The two-dimensional art class is taught by a variety of faculty who each bring their own unique experience and vision to the classroom. These classes range from a basic introduction to 2D art;  painting, drawing and design techniques, and progress to more advanced coursework involving oil paint and large-scale independent projects. Students experiment with a range of media, art-making practices and aesthetic and cultural styles.  The classes include learning practical skills such as how to handle and mix paint along with more challenging subjects such as developing thematic and emotional content. The goal is to impart to students the fundamental concepts of observation, color choice, composition and scale, while they create work they are proud to exhibit.
  • Woodworking

    The woodworking class is designed as an introductory course and emphasizes the acquisition of basic woodworking skills.  Students are typically from mixed grade levels but share the same responsibilities in class. Each student completes an introductory project that is designed to familiarize him with a majority of the hand and power tools he will employ during the term. Woodworking terminology, shop safety, proper and safe tool use, methods of joinery, project design, woodworking plan interpretation, and wood properties are all introduced as part of the course curriculum. Each student is expected to complete the assigned first piece and then choose and complete successive projects that align with his individual interests. Advanced students are welcome to join the classes as independent study participants.

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Faculty

List of 6 members.

  • Mrs. Emily Fay 

    Art Department Chair; Dormitory Advisor
    University of Kansas - B.A.
  • Ms. Danielle Chaput  

    Teacher; Coach
  • Ms. Jaye Pope 

    Teacher
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst - B.A.
  • Mr. Aric Russom 

    Teacher, School Photographer
    University of Massachusetts - MFA
  • Ms. Midori Tabery 

    Teacher; International Student Advisor
    University of Massachusetts - Amherst - B.F.A.
    Massachusetts College of Art - M.A.T./E.S.L. CertificatioN
    Elms College
  • Mr. Robert Trimbach-Rios 

    Teacher, Dormitory Advisor; Coach
    West Virginia University - B.A., M.A.