Visual Arts

Visual Arts classes are an integral part of the student’s daily life at Cape Cod Academy. The tenets of the program emphasize development of awareness, sensitivity to and understanding of the visual environment. Cultivation of vocabulary within the vernacular, connection to the art history continuum, and development of manual skills are combined to support a self-expressive independent and visually acute person. Students with diverse and individual learning styles gain confidence and self-reliance through direct contact with materials and processes that challenge and deepen their sense of self.

The Early Childhood visual art program at CCA introduces various methods and materials of art making. Students work on developing self-control within a relaxed atmosphere. The sharing of materials and space fosters cooperative behavior and confidence. Projects are tailored to fit each group of students. Time is given for reflection and discussions to allow for stronger contextual understanding.
Elementary students in grades 3-5 are introduced to a range of materials and techniques for creating art. The focus is on developing visual literacy through contributions to class discussion and referencing art historical examples. Collaboration between the homeroom teacher and art teacher generates greater understanding of world history through contact with materials and processes relevant to the area of study.

Middle School visual art focuses on a wide variety of media in both two and three-dimensional formats. The emphasis is on process and tool use. Content, meaning and social commentary is integrated into the class with a daily dose of art history to connect to the cultural past. Students learn to effectively use visual vocabulary in constructive criticism when discussing artworks. Recycling, reusing, and repurposing materials allow the students to become more self-aware of their influence on shared resources.

Upper School students build on the foundations set up in previous grades. Students continue to explore new processes and materials with the added focus on connecting cultural history, art history, technology, and contemporary trends that will contribute to visual literacy. Students learn to become intentional in their art production. The evolution of student advancement stems from a partnership between inspiration and production. The classroom is a cooperative environment where ideas are shared and analyzed.

CCA offers a variety of classes designed to foster an interest and awareness of art methodologies and practices. Classes offered include Art and Design, Ceramics, Advanced Studio Art, Advanced Portfolio Art, Digital Photography, Black-and-White Photography, Graphics Arts and more.
Cape Cod Academy is one of the only independent, co-educational, college preparatory schools serving students from kindergarten to grade 12 on Cape Cod.