Open Studio in the Upper School is unique in that it provides a space where Upper School boys can create art projects of their own choice. Boys work with painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, computer art and more. This studio time gives the boys an opportunity to try new techniques and develop a particular skill or passion. It also enables the boys to work very closely with the art teacher on hand. What the boys really like is the fact that this is a chance to be even more self-directed and independent.
At the beginning of the semester, fifth graders in Alex Exposito’s art class studied portraiture, looking at the anatomical structure of the face. Boys discussed the parts of the eye and their placement, size, and scale. Using mirrors, boys examined their eyes, noses, and mouths, paying particular attention to proportion.
In Sixth Grade, students focus on developing their drawing skills working both from observation and imagination, with the goal of creating a stop motion animation. Students watch and analyze several stop motion videos, including those by the group Blu, who created videos in the streets of Buenos Aires. The boys then created storyboards for their own stop motion projects, incorporating visual transformations based upon the concept of creating a narrative through movement and change.