At Whitfield, we approach visual arts as another language or discipline to use to creatively solve problems. For seniors taking an advanced studio art course the Cardboard Chair Project is a rite of passage that challenges them to design and build a chair, using only cardboard, gummed paper tape and Elmer's glue.
In Visual Literacy & the Graphic Novel, in addition to breathing new life into traditional content with the help of technology, students examine a historic medium with 21st century eyes—comics. Students in this class closely read comics and graphic novels to study the evolution of graphic literature as both an art form and storytelling medium.
At Whitfield, we define Scholarship—one of our six Habits of Mind and Heart—as the pursuit, creation and application of knowledge and understanding. Recognizing that our approach to a college prep education is through character education, our skilled faculty use the Habits as a jumping off point for classwork. Nowhere is the integration of Scholarship more deftly demonstrated than in Biology 9, under the leadership of Stephanie Bonat, one of our new faculty members this year.