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Visual Arts

The Upper School Arts Program offers two unique opportunities for Renbrook students. Students spend one half of the year in the Visual Arts Studio and the other half of the year in the Woodworking Studio. We believe that the Visual Arts play a vital part in educating the whole child. At Renbrook, every student has the opportunity to learn how to communicate their ideas visually, as they experiment with new materials. Students are given the technical skills they need to allow them to explore and discover, as they find their own artistic voice. As students study the works of contemporary artists, they are challenged to analyze and talk about Art and its role in the world around them. All students will have completed a study of still-life drawing with an emphasis on composition, value, and color by the end of the year. Each year, students have several opportunities to exhibit their work. Renbrook students participate annually in "Our Work, Our Choice" a collaborative exhibit with Kingswood-Oxford and Watkinson School. Students exhibit on a regular basis in the Rentschler Gallery.
 
  • 6 Art and Woodworking

    One 40-minute period of art instruction per six-day cycle is offered to sixth graders. The exposure to art materials, begun at the Lower School level, is continued in this course. Emphasis is placed on developing an appreciation of art and design; and students are exposed to many different mediums, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. They learn about color, shape, line and texture through painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Sculpture, studio art, and woodworking are offered for all sixth graders. Each student meets in these three programs for one term. Projects requiring up to four class periods can now be completed due to the increased retention ability of this age group. At the conclusion of the school year, all sixth grade students will have completed a study of drawing, three-dimensional design, and woodworking.

    In the Woodworking Studio, Renbrook students safely explore, discover, and apply the time-tested skills of using traditional hand tools and power tools, along with programming opportunities with a CNC (computer numerical control) router. As part of our 20th Century Learning focus, the students are actively working on individual projects with a constant demand for group collaboration and brainstorming. These skills reinforce the math and science programs with real-world innovative problem solving. The Woodworking Studio presents a unique opportunity for an individual to transform a two-dimensional classroom experience into a three-dimensional real-world form. Each year, students have several opportunities to exhibit their work. Renbrook students participate annually in "Our Work, Our Choice" a collaborative exhibit with Kingswood-Oxford and Watkinson School. Students exhibit on a regular basis in the Rentschler Gallery.

    A woodworking studio and related instruction are required for students in sixth grade. Students are introduced to the names and functions of each tool in the wood shop. They are taught how to lay out a plan on a piece of wood and how to cut and shape using hand tools.  
  • 7 Art and Woodworking

    Seventh grade art classes meet twice per six-day cycle. Through a series of projects, this program offers students an increased opportunity to study the concepts of three-dimensional design including sculpture, wheel and hand-built ceramics, color theory, and perspective drawing. Students explore various mediums as they learn to communicate more complex ideas through their Work. They are asked to experiment with and fine-tune their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture. We look at the work of various artists to help each student inform his or her own creative process. The subject matter of student work is derived from individual interests. All seventh grade students will have completed a study of perspective drawing by year's end.

    In the Woodworking Studio, Renbrook students safely explore, discover, and apply the time-tested skills of using traditional hand tools and power tools, along with programming opportunities with a CNC (computer numerical control) router. As part of our 20th Century Learning focus, the students are actively working on individual projects with a constant demand for group collaboration and brainstorming. These skills reinforce the math and science programs with real-world innovative problem solving. The Woodworking Studio presents a unique opportunity for an individual to transform a two-dimensional classroom experience into a three-dimensional real-world form. Each year, students have several opportunities to exhibit their work. Renbrook students participate annually in "Our Work, Our Choice" a collaborative exhibit with Kingswood-Oxford and Watkinson School. Students exhibit on a regular basis in the Rentschler Gallery. 

    Students in seventh grade are required to take a semester of woodworking studio and instruction. In this course, students choose a building project from a limited selection of functional objects based on the skill level of the group and the individual. The drill press, band saw, scroll saw, and sanding center are introduced.  
  • 8 Art and Woodworking

    Eighth grade art classes meet twice per six-day cycle. Students receive an introduction of light and shadow through charcoal drawing before they begin a series of projects including various techniques in drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture. They begin with a wide selection of materials and will be guided in the development of creative thinking skills and unique expression throughout the project. Emphasis is placed on developing each student's conceptual ideas and learning how to communicate those ideas effectively through their work. Students are encouraged to take risks and experiment with both their subject matter and their materials. We also study the work of contemporary artists and talk about their role in the world of art today.

    In the Woodworking Studio, Renbrook students safely explore, discover, and apply the time-tested skills of using traditional hand tools and power tools, along with programming opportunities with a CNC (computer numerical control) router. As part of our 20th Century Learning focus, the students are actively working on individual projects with a constant demand for group collaboration and brainstorming. These skills reinforce the math and science programs with real-world innovative problem solving. The Woodworking Studio presents a unique opportunity for an individual to transform a two-dimensional classroom experience into a three-dimensional real-world form. Each year, students have several opportunities to exhibit their work. Renbrook students participate annually in "Our Work, Our Choice" a collaborative exhibit with Kingswood-Oxford and Watkinson School. Students exhibit on a regular basis in the Rentschler Gallery.

    Woodworking Students in eighth grade are required to take a semester of woodworking studio and instruction. In this course, students will make functional objects, such as stools, birdhouses, and other items from flat pieces of wood that are joined into three dimensional objects. They also have the opportunity to learn to sculpturally shape chunks of wood.
  • 6 Woodworking

    In the Woodworking Studio, Renbrook students safely explore, discover, and apply the time-tested skills of using traditional hand tools and power tools, along with programming opportunities with a CNC (computer numerical control) router. As part of our 20th Century Learning focus, the students are actively working on individual projects with a constant demand for group collaboration and brainstorming. These skills reinforce the math and science programs with real-world innovative problem solving. The Woodworking Studio presents a unique opportunity for an individual to transform a two-dimensional classroom experience into a three-dimensional real-world form. Each year, students have several opportunities to exhibit their work. Renbrook students participate annually in "Our Work, Our Choice" a collaborative exhibit with Kingswood-Oxford and Watkinson School. Students exhibit on a regular basis in the Rentschler Gallery.

    A woodworking studio and related instruction are required for students in sixth grade. Students are introduced to the names and functions of each tool in the wood shop. They are taught how to lay out a plan on a piece of wood and how to cut and shape using hand tools. 
  • 7 Woodworking

    In the Woodworking Studio, Renbrook students safely explore, discover, and apply the time-tested skills of using traditional hand tools and power tools, along with programming opportunities with a CNC (computer numerical control) router. As part of our 20th Century Learning focus, the students are actively working on individual projects with a constant demand for group collaboration and brainstorming. These skills reinforce the math and science programs with real-world innovative problem solving. The Woodworking Studio presents a unique opportunity for an individual to transform a two-dimensional classroom experience into a three-dimensional real-world form. Each year, students have several opportunities to exhibit their work. Renbrook students participate annually in "Our Work, Our Choice" a collaborative exhibit with Kingswood-Oxford and Watkinson School. Students exhibit on a regular basis in the Rentschler Gallery. 


    Students in seventh grade are required to take a semester of woodworking studio and instruction. In this course, students choose a building project from a limited selection of functional objects based on the skill level of the group and the individual. The drill press, band saw, scroll saw, and sanding center are introduced.  
  • 8 Woodworking

    In the Woodworking Studio, Renbrook students safely explore, discover, and apply the time-tested skills of using traditional hand tools and power tools, along with programming opportunities with a CNC (computer numerical control) router. As part of our 20th Century Learning focus, the students are actively working on individual projects with a constant demand for group collaboration and brainstorming. These skills reinforce the math and science programs with real-world innovative problem solving. The Woodworking Studio presents a unique opportunity for an individual to transform a two-dimensional classroom experience into a three-dimensional real-world form. Each year, students have several opportunities to exhibit their work. Renbrook students participate annually in "Our Work, Our Choice" a collaborative exhibit with Kingswood-Oxford and Watkinson School. Students exhibit on a regular basis in the Rentschler Gallery.

    Woodworking Students in eighth grade are required to take a semester of woodworking studio and instruction. In this course, students will make functional objects, such as stools, birdhouses, and other items from flat pieces of wood that are joined into three dimensional objects. They also have the opportunity to learn to sculpturally shape chunks of wood.

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