The Dalton Art Department exemplifies The Dalton Plan because we value the growth of the whole student.
The K-12 art curriculum encourages inventive thinking, creative problem solving and visual awareness, as well as intellectual, social and emotional development. We consider every student an artist and cultivate innate creativity and curiosity with hands-on exploration of art materials, as well as self-reflection during art making. We teach to a range of interests and skill levels through age-appropriate assignments, guided experimentation, group demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction. Dalton students use a variety of materials, tools and techniques as they develop individual expression, focus, and a strong work ethic. They experience the joy of making things with their hands.
The Dalton art curriculum reflects our belief that art is a rigorous discipline that demands concentration and practice. Students with different learning styles and aptitudes progress at their own pace, bringing unique cultural and individual perspectives to their artwork. As they engage in the creative process, students experiment, take risks, solve problems, and develop insights. Their ideas take shape in a finished work of art. In addition to scheduled classes, our light-filled art studios often contain students working independently in art labs. We educate the Dalton community about art and beautify the school with constantly changing exhibitions in several spaces throughout the building.
The two classes of Architecture I students went on the annual all-day field trip to the World Trade Center site organized by Architecture and Visual Arts Teacher Emily Wilson. The Architecture I students had a private tour of the Skyscraper Museum and gave presentations on their research projects of early NYC skyscrapers.
Lotus Do's Watercolor class and Emily Wilson's Art History class joined together to take a field trip to Philadelphia to see the Barnes Collection and the Terracotta Soldiers exhibit at the Franklin Institute. The students learned about Barnes' collection and viewed his vast collection of Impressionist and Modern Art in the relatively new museum designed by NYC Architects Williams and Tsien. The students enjoyed a private tour of the Barnes Collection as well independent time to view and sketch the impressive collection. After the Barnes, the students enjoyed the exhibit/IMAX theater on the Terracotta soldiers at the Franklin Institute.
Story and photos submitted by Architecture and Visual Arts Teacher Emily Wilson