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The art program at Sullins Academy is an integral part of the educational experience offered by the school. The program is a full year for kindergarten through sixth grade and an elective for middle school. The goal of the art program is to instill an appreciation of art and to develop the ability to articulate personal preferences regarding various artists and artistic movements.
Students are introduced to a wide variety of art. They begin with simple printing techniques in lower school and finish with lithography and silkscreen printing in the middle school. Art history is taught along with the techniques of artistic production, each influencing the other. The program has a multi-faceted approach to teaching art. All classes are exposed to artists and their works, periods in art, multicultural art, and different techniques. The program has a multi-faceted approach to teaching art. All classes are exposed to artists and their works, periods in art, multicultural art, and different techniques. By studying the development of art from the ancient world to the modern, students are able to grasp elements and principles of design. A variety of media are introduced at appropriate age levels, with emphasis given to the possibilities and limitations of each.
The art room at Sullins Academy is a wonderful space to foster the creativity of young minds. Work space, sinks, and storage help to maintain efficient use of time. With internet access and projectors, the students are able to tour the museums of the world.
The students also have opportunities to put their work on display. A school wide art show takes place in the spring. The eighth grade students each paint a tile that is placed permanently in the ceiling of the middle school hall. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in the Christmas card contest, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Parks and Recreation.