Arts and Technology
Fine and Digital Arts
Creative expression requires risk-taking, confidence, focus, and self-awareness. At Wye River Upper School, our students are encouraged to not only develop skills through a variety of materials and methods but more importantly to find an outlet for their individual interests and personal feelings.
Incoming students are exposed to many different mediums including painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, and digital art. Subsequent years at WRUS offer semester or year-long courses in Photography, Graphic Design, Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, and more.
Our arts curriculum is designed to meet the interests of both hands-on learners, as well as those students who are more interested in digital expression. As with every other subject, our art classes meet students where they are, whether they are first-time art students, or prospective art school candidates.
At Wye River, our teachers, staff, and students benefit from the seamless use of technology across the curriculum. We see student outcomes in learning and organization enhanced by the implementation of technology in the following areas:
Access to assistive technologies (i.e. speech-to-text, audiobooks, Photo Booth) which support students with language-based learning difficulties
Developing organizational strategies through the use of google docs and other document management systems
Use of online school management software allows teachers to share daily with students and families - homework, objectives, standards, and grades
Creation of audio and visual projects (i.e. podcasts, movie making, presentation graphics)
Collaboration through blogging, and positive social media interaction
Connection to real-time experts in science and other subjects
Engagement and deeper understanding of material due to the interactive and changing nature of technology