Student creativity flourishes across campus through an extensive range of visual arts programs. Students exhibit their work on campus side-by-side with Dwight’s extensive museum-quality arts collection.
Studio art is organized around the creative cycle: planning, creating, and evaluating art. Students gain confidence and ability through a thorough immersion in traditional drawing and painting. They are encouraged to explore their individual creative abilities and master techniques appropriate to their chosen area of expression. Students are exposed to artistic and aesthetic expressions of other cultures and are offered many opportunities to explore the galleries, museums, and international art world centered in New York City. Dwight's studio art courses aim to help the student become a developing artist with a critical eye, an inquiring mind, and an individual approach.
Dwight's Film Program recognizes that film is at the same time a powerful communication medium and an art form. Building on the structured and unstructured film-making experiences of students, the program emphasizes both the creative and academic sides of film. Students work both individually and collaboratively to develop the professional and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively through film. A concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement, and imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film are central to the IB Film course.
In Dwight's photography activity, students learn how to operate a digital SLR by adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. They learn rules of composition, light, color, and framing; and then they break those rules when necessary. Assignments include a self-portrait, a photo essay, sports photography, nature, and urban subjects. In reviewing their work, students constantly ask themselves, "What makes a photograph great?"
Maggie O'Hare '18 has many talents, including — but certainly not limited to — drawing, painting, theater set design, playing the harp, and speaking Mandarin Chinese!
As Dean of Eleventh Grade and an Upper School IB visual arts teacher, Ellen Sayers uses her creative spark to help guide students to reach their goals, connect with one another, and be their best selves.