Fine Arts

Philosophy

Browning has long sought to provide boys with a balanced and culturally enriched educational experience, and the arts play a major role in that endeavor, fostering a deeper appreciation for the skills one uses in finding expression through the arts. To this end, students participate in drawing, painting, sculpture and related media, and display their works in school exhibits, publications, and in collaboration with theatrical performances and academic projects.

The Arts Program

Grades Five and Six Art
These courses are devoted to enhancing each student’s creativity, technical ability and work ethic, while at the same time teaching the elements of good design and composition. Boys explore art using two and three-dimensional media. Activities within each unit include drawing, painting, printmaking, construction, ceramics and papier maché. Each unit is broken into phases designed to improve the understanding of the individual elements and principles of the process. Content for these units is informed by the inclusion of visual aids and imagery produced by historically significant as well as contemporary artists. There are also a number cross-curricular components which further enrich the program.

Forms I and II Art
The Form I and II art courses are designed to be more sophisticated as boys have more room for exploration and development of individual ideas. The Form I boys derive their content through a survey of historical art movements including Ancient Art, Impressionism, Cubism and Abstract Painting. The related projects include ceramic sculpture and acrylic painting. The second semester focuses on developing an understanding of linear perspective and how it relates to observational drawing and spatial depth. The boys finish the year working with clay and designing their own car. Boys in Form II focus on figurative painting and sculpture. They complete a series of steps designed to develop their skills using clay to create a ceramic hand from observation. Students spend the second half of the semester creating self-portraits from life, considering what makes them unique as individuals and expressing that in their paintings. Frequent critiques of their work develop critical thinking skills.