As early as pre-kindergarten, Savannah Country Day School students become regular fixtures in the art studio. Here, imaginations are nurtured, creativity is cultivated and encouraged, and self-expression is realized. With skilled and caring instruction, students in the Lower School are first introduced to the elements and principles of design through different media. They are also exposed to the lives and works of several famous artists. As students progress, their visual art education expands to include the use of space on a two-dimensional surface; linear perspective; the exploration of different drawing media; and advanced color theory. They also learn the process involved in creating a ceramic object. Knowledge of the elements and principles of design is reinforced and good composition is stressed.
In the Middle School, art students work in painting, printmaking, hand-built pottery,digital photography including in-depth Photoshop techniques, sculpture, textile design and papermaking. Art history is brought into the program through exploration and contextualization of artists within each project, work with Scholastic Art Magazine and Exploring Art. Students build on and extend the common vocabulary begun in Lower School. Eighth graders build on skills developed in the sixth and seventh grades, moving on to more challenging problems.
Upper School students have the opportunity to select art electives that appeal to their specific interests. Students may choose to dabble in a variety of visual art fields, or focus in depth in one particular area of study. Students have the option of several AP and Honors Art courses, as well as options in technology-based art study.
Currently Upper School art students have one large exhibit each semester with each student exhibiting at least one work in Jelks Lobby, the Logan Loggia, and the Johnson Building. Students submit and have work juried into local exhibits and competitions annually. They participate in the Armstrong Atlantic State University Congressional Art Exhibit, The Georgia High School Drawing Competition, Georgia Festival of Art and Design, the Georgia Scholastic Art Awards, and the National Scholastic Art Awards. Students design programs and posters for arts and other school events, homecoming t-shirts, and provide other art related services to the school. Two students serve on the Telfair Museum’s Teen Advisory Board. The last three years art students have traveled to New York City to visit museums and galleries and to attend the theatre. Amanuensis, the Upper School literary magazine, offers creative writing and art students a nicely printed outlet for their works and the opportunity to design and lay out the publication.