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,” from the 17th and 18th century Neoclassic to Post-Impressionistic periods. 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. Students then progress to a more project-based syllabus where their study of contemporary artists of the 19th–21st centuries allow stepping stones for experimentation in different media for sculpture and three-dimensional pieces.
In the ninth grade, classes become more medium-specific. Courses such as painting or sculpture prepare burgeoning artists for more advanced classes such as Portfolio or AP Studio Art. Students also have the opportunity to branch out into digital art in Graphic Design.
Introduction to Studio Art
Intermediate Studio Art
Advanced Studio Art
AP Studio Art
Introduction to Graphic Design
Advanced Graphic Design
Art Department Chair, Upper School Studio Art
Wake Forest University—B.A.
Virginia Commonwealth University—M.A.E.
Lower School Art
Hollins University—B.A., M.A.T. Appointed 2014
Sarah Sledd ’12
Upper School Graphic Design, Assistant Director of Marketing
Lower School Art Studio, Upper School Art Studio, & Graphic Design Lab, Slack Hall
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.