Middle and Upper School
In Middle and Upper School, Palm Valley School is proud to foster opportunities for students to expand their artistic talents with courses in the Fine Arts and Design. The Art Concepts elective is an introductory art class exploring both 2D & 3D formats. Students create dynamic artwork through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture while exploring the Elements of Art. Students maintain a sketchbook in this elective to further develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Art history, art literacy, and creative career pathways is also a focus in Art at the Middle/Upper grade level.
Our Mixed Media & Design elective guides students in creating art compositions to communicate ideas and themes in new and exciting ways! Students practice the use of charcoal, sketching, painting, watercolor, and found materials in different combinations. This course also explores digital page layout, graphic design, typography, and character concept design, preparing artists for a continually evolving digital skill set.
The Palm Valley School Visual Arts department encourages students of all ages to participate in the larger desert community and to get involved in the various art contests and exhibits our desert offers. In doing so, we've had winners in both the Palm Springs Holiday Banner Contest and the Sunline Bus Transit Agency Student Art Contest.