Wakefield School junior Evy Edens was recently accepted into the prestigious National Gallery of Art High School Seminar, an intense 10-week program that introduces upper-level high school students to the skills necessary to study art history and art-making techniques.
Edens, the daughter of Ed and Natalie Edens of Middleburg, is Wakefield’s sixth student accepted into this program.
According to the program’s website, the seminar draws on the rich collections of the National Gallery of Art as a resource. Creating a community of like-minded students, the program aims to teach the students how to interpret works of art through close observation, in-gallery group discussions, and personal reflection.
“Through art-making activities, they will discover connections between art and life. Students will learn about art and the museum by discussing and responding creatively to original works in the galleries, and by researching themes of their choice. Behind-the-scenes visits with museum professionals introduce career possibilities. The program culminates with both a group project and individual gallery talks by the participants on their chosen themes,” the NGA’s website says.
At Wakefield School, the Visual Arts curriculum introduces students to a wide variety of experiences and encourages students to freely explore media, ideas, and styles. Beginning in Studio Art, the students learn and expand the skills they have learned in the five main disciplines of studio art (drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture/3-D design). Students can take Studio Art up to the demanding AP level.
Students also have the options to take Black and White Photography, Digital Imaging Applications and Film Analysis, and Technical Drawing (drafting), all in dedicated art studio space and with a small teacher-student ratio. The Arts Department also offers music and theatre classes.