Many students with diagnosed learning disabilities never have a chance to develop their creative talents; they’re pulled out of arts classes in order to receive more individualized academic instruction. Greenwood School provides students with art, music, and woodworking classes as part of the Creative Program.
Greenwood strongly believes that students need to develop their hidden talents. We have seen how the arts:
Encourage creative problem solving and self-expression
Foster patience and confidence
Help students improve their visual-spatial, fine motor and auditory skills
Many of our students have been found to possess superior creative abilities in art, woodshop and music — often with little or no prior background. Greenwood is committed to awakening student talents through a strong creative program taught by professionals in their respective fields.
Studio arts at Greenwood begin with a foundation in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and art history. Students learn color theory, elements of design, and methods for working with a variety of media. Student art work is prominently displayed throughout the school.
More advanced students deepen their understanding of technique and theory, learn to use new media, and gain a deeper appreciation of the arts in history and across cultures. Work includes:
Drawing and printing (composition, perspective, drafting, still life and life drawing)
Painting and color theory (watercolor, gouache, oils, acrylics, use of color to convey meaning)
Sculpture (in conjunction with the wood shop for welding and woodwork)
Elective art activities include pottery, jewelry-making and filmmaking.
Students have a chance to work with visiting artists and complete internships with local artists and craftspeople. Students who are interested in exploring career paths in the arts create a portfolio and have the opportunity to work on long term projects and/or to mount a show.