Students also develop the ability to communicate personal ideas through art vocabulary, technical skills, and artistic expression.

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  • Pre-K to 5th Grade

    Our goal in lower school art is to foster children’s creativity through problem solving, skill development, and the exploration of a variety of materials. Art history is introduced, and projects may be linked to what is being taught in the classroom.

    A broad spectrum of projects enable students to become more aware of their environment, to express themselves visually with more confidence, and to develop into flexible and creative human beings. Periodic art discussions enhance students’ reasoning powers and critical thinking. Sketchbook work provides students with accurate records of their visual development through the years.

Middle School

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  • Art 6

    Students will study various art disciplines: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and metals each semester on a rotating format. Each student will work with the artist/teacher of the specific discipline in the studio environment. This program expands the experiential focus of the art curriculum and provides instruction on a highly individualized basis.
  • Art 7

    Students will continue to experience individualized instruction with an emphasis on transition to the Upper School art program. The students will continue study of our various art disciplines including metals and photography within a semester rotation format. Each student will work with the artist/teacher of the specific discipline in the studio environment.
  • Art 8

    Students will continue to experience individualized instruction with an emphasis on transition to the Upper School art program. The students will continue study of our various art disciplines including metals and photography within a semester rotation format. Each student will work with the artist/teacher of the specific discipline in the studio environment.

Upper School

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  • Clay

    Students are introduced to the clay construction techniques of slab, coil, modeling, and wheel-throwing; glazing applications will also be taught. Emphasis is placed upon individual expression and skill.
  • Drawing

    This course will expose the students to the fundamental structures and techniques of drawing through direct observation of still life, landscape, and/or the human figure. Students will experience the expansive qualities and characteristics of multi-media drawing through additional imaginative projects and sketch book work.
  • Honors Art

    This course is designed for upper school students talented in the visual arts and seriously committed to the process of making art. Students are recommended by the department based on evidence of superior artwork, behavior and attitude. New students to the program may need to submit a portfolio for review by the art department and be recommended by former art instructors. The curriculum is determined primarily by the student, with the teacher serving as a coach. Students submit written proposals near the beginning of the semester. Any medium can be employed with emphasis on the creative process of problem solving. Various projects will be introduced depending upon students’ prior art experiences. Some students elect to build their college portfolios as their primary curriculum.
  • Metals

    This course will teach basic metal techniques, working with brass, copper, and silver on constructed and cast pieces. Students will make both pieces of jewelry and small metal sculptures with a priority placed on design principles. Credit will be earned through the completion of several projects.
  • Painting

    Students explore and utilize color properties, theory and composition in the process of painting. While learning various painting techniques, they create and critique their individual works. Abstraction and realism are themes of study as well as the works of well-known painters.
  • Photography

    This course begins with an introduction to the basics of the medium: operation of the camera, exposure, film-development, and printmaking. Students explore the use of print controls; i.e., burning, dodging, and toning. Specific projects will be assigned based on previous experiences and interests of individual students. A 35mm camera is required.
  • Sculpture

    This course is designed to develop the student's awareness of three-dimensional form. Students are encouraged to expand their imaginations as well as their observational skills through the use of a variety of materials and techniques. Students learn armature construction through wire figure sculptures and clay self-portraits. They learn casting, reduction, and relief sculpture techniques in combination with the construction of architectural structures.
  • Stagecraft

    Students gain experience in technical theater through design, construction, and painting of sets for upper school productions. Students have the opportunity to specialize in specific phases of the project including research, drafting, model building, carpentry, scenic painting, and lighting design and operation. Class members also assist in documenting rehearsals and performances.

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300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.