The study of art at the Winston School comes from the study and integration of art production, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. The program emphasizes process, exposing students to creative problem solving techniques. Art is a developed discipline that reflects the complexity and rationality of the human mind as well as our own sense of self in relation to the physical world.
The Winston School art department motivates students’ interest in the arts by establishing a logical progression of learning about the creation of visual imagery through a foundation of basic art elements. Through a simple medium, elements of composition, self expression and subject matter are developed to teach students technique and self-discipline.
The arts curriculum expands on the foundation of drawing and painting by introducing mixed-media works on paper; utilizing new technique and manner of execution; then going to painting on canvas with brushes; and after intensive interaction in 2-D work students are then exposed to 3-D projects-subtractive-additive techniques, and ceramics.
While providing basic art curriculum structure, students are motivated to create out of their own interests and imagination. The success they find in their own art projects gives them self-confidence which carries over into their academic classes and other school activities. This fulfills the schools mission of motivating students to work to their full potential.
All visual arts classes are taught by professional artist Dan Peragine whose drawings and paintings engender much of his work in three-dimensional bronze, steel and clay. In recent years he has been greatly influenced by the work of cotemporary Russian artists and has begun to branch into film making and animation. His work has been shown in many local shows and galleries and hangs in many private collections.
Peragine accommodates different learning styles by giving students in his classes the attention and time it takes for him to understand their specific needs. Individualized expectations are established for students of different abilities.
Students’ success depends on their degree of involvement. Our students tend to be very involved in all art department activities and approach problems in art with great enthusiasm.
In evaluating his students, Peragine brings different expectations to the performance of different students. He does not compare one students work to that of another, but rather to each student’s needs and abilities. He bases his goals on participation in class projects and on attendance.
Artwork on page, from top to bottom: Banner (Robot) by Luci Scheiler ’09, Sculpture by Michael Lederer ’04, Fish painting by Katie Farkas ‘o9, Abstract by Luci Scheiler ’09