Students study art history is sixth, seventh and eighth grades. This multidisciplinary program encourages students to view art as visual history, as primary source records of the past and present cultures that have created it.
Students examine examples of Western and Non-Western painting, sculpture, and architecture in order to broaden their understanding and appreciation of the global commonality and diversity of art, and the peoples who create it.
Of equal importance, students develop high level critical thinking, as they learn to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate works of art. These visual literacy skills are a vital necessity in a world that constantly deluges them with photographs, advertising, videos, and graphic arts of all kinds.
Art history classes have an interdisciplinary component that includes cross-curricular activities among English, history; math, religious studies, art, and music classes. Field trips to local and San Francisco Bay Area museums, art shows, architectural monuments, and private collections enhance the students personal experience of art.