The visual arts at Thetford Academy focus on visual literacy. How do color, contrast, value, shape, pattern, and quality of line affect the way one reacts to a visual presentation – either in life or on canvas? And in the studio, how does one employ elements and principles of design to portray creative ideas? Thetford Academy art students study how art theory and methods are employed in skillful creative expression.
Students work together, learning the valuable disciplines of effective critique and brainstorming. Students also work independently, discovering and evolving their own style. From Middle School Art to Advanced Art and independent studies, every class begins by revisiting and exploring the employment of the elements and principles of design, or, in the case of ceramics and other three-dimensional work, form and function.
Several opportunities exist for students to pursue individual artistic interests. Within any course, many assignments are open to student choice. For example, for a class assignment requiring landscapes, one student might choose to paint a motor speedway while another chooses horses in a pasture. In Advanced Art and in an Independent Study, students will choose the media in which they wish to work.
The goals of the Thetford Academy Art Department are manifold. Students will develop an ability to articulate their visual reactions to other works of art. Also, students will gain an appreciation for what it takes to create an effective work of art. Finally, students will develop an additional and powerful means beyond written and spoken words for expressing themselves.