For our Early Childhood Program students, creative projects are a mainstay of their curriculum and you'll often see smocked children painting their Thanksgiving turkey or using a straw to blow paint "Thing One's" blue hair. In the Lower School, students are introduced to the elements of art and principles of design during weekly art classes. Students use a variety of media including acrylics, clay, colored pencil, pastels, and watercolor. At each grade level, the curriculum incorporates age-appropriate art history and introduces the students to some of “The Masters” and their works.
Once a student reaches the seventh grade, the curriculum broadens to include a basic introduction to the birth of art “–isms,” where we explore a range of historic and contemporary art styles. Students explore a variety of mediums and applications, and practice techniques for each. We encourage a wide variety of ideas and celebrate unique solutions to many problems, both in and out of the traditional classroom mentality. Perhaps the most exciting part of this class is their participation in the student art show at the end of the school year, which includes art from all studio and graphic design classes from grade 7 through grade 12.
In the Upper School, students have multiple options for creative expression in the studio and digital lab. Courses are designed to encourage experimentation with idea development and a variety of materials and techniques. Students experience different ways of making, with goals of developing skills, expanding creativity, and communicating messages visually. Emphasis is placed on practicing each step of the artistic process, from preliminary sketch to display, ultimately fostering student choice, growth, and reflection.
Studio Art courses include:
Graphic Design courses include:
Introduction to Graphic Design
Intermediate Graphic Design
Upper School Studio Art
Wake Forest University—B.A.
Virginia Commonwealth University—M.A.E.
Lower & Middle School Studio Art
Bowling Green State University-- B.F.A.
Sarah Sledd ’12
Upper School Graphic Design Teacher, Yearbook Advisor
SLACK HALL: Lower and Middle School Art Studio, Upper School Art Studio, and Slack Hall Graphic Design Lab
Equipment & Tools:
4254 Colonial Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
540-989-6641 • (540) 989-7299 (FAX)
HOURS: M-F; 8AM-4PM
North Cross School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school founded in 1944 and governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
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North Cross is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. North Cross School's Junior Kindergarten is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools who is recognized by the Board of Education pursuant to §22.1-19 of the Code of Virginia authorizes the Virginia Council for Private Education to accredit private nursery, preschool, elementary and secondary schools in Virginia.
North Cross is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling, The Cum Laude Society and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.