In the Lower School, art is a cross-curricular tool that helps develop problem-solving skills and pattern recognition. Middle School art encourages freedom of expression as students explore the social role of art through various projects and situations. In the Upper School, art continues as a valuable tool and skill set that can be used across the curriculum.
For example, Studio Workshop students visited the Art Institute's Ryerson Library Facsimile Sketchbook Collection. After several hours of guided study of the sketchbooks of master artists from ages past and present, students were treated to a talk by special collections librarians about how curators use the Ryerson Library to create exhibits. The trip was a culminating project for students who were completing a year-long study of how artists use sketchbooks. Once the students returned, they made their own works from the year into a hand-made display book of their own construction.