Visual Art

On Our Early Childhood Campus

As one of many languages that children explore, art at the ECC is always available and encouraged. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, and architecture, children are provided many modalities to express themselves and their thinking. Teachers acknowledge student’s work and encourage further explorations by soliciting ideas to connect their art to other subject areas.

In Our Elementary Division

In the K-5 Art Studio at TBS, students receive dedicated time for art instruction and art making. They are introduced to art-making processes in two-dimensional and three-dimensional areas that includes painting, drawing, photography, digital technology in art, sculpture, textiles, clay, and mixed media practices. We also use technology in service of viewing images of art and to take virtual visits to see how artists work in their studios. The TBS Art Studio experience offers students time to explore and deepen their skills of understanding materials in a given area. They learn how to “think like an artist”, developing 8 studio habits of mind, developed by Harvard’s Project Zero. By teaching thinking protocols in addition to the process of art making, we believe students learn how to transfer these ways of working and thinking to other areas of inquiry.

In Our Middle School

The Middle School art program provides a process-based studio experience that allows students to explore the possibilities of their materials and concepts instead of focusing their efforts on only the final product. Middle school students investigate drawing, painting, printmaking, self-portraits, collage, sculpture, two-dimensional applied design, and media technology. Employing studio tools such as sketchbooks, thinking routines, and self/peer reflection, students increase their ability to look at and discuss art, they develop visual arts vocabulary, the ability to read and write about art and the skill to problem-solve while completing projects. Through global/social content they gain an understanding of how the arts connect to other disciplines. Past projects have included animated shorts and working lamps at the 6th grade level, fused glass at the 7th grade level, and a repurposed fashion show in 8th grade.

For Admissions information, please contact Director of Admission Paula Farmer at pfarmer{at}theberkeleyschool.org or (510) 665-8800, ext. 103. 

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

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