St. James offers a variety of enrichments that create a broad and comprehensive curriculum. We believe that a complete and formative education includes training in faith, art, culture, and the ability to express ideas about them. While many schools have cut these programs from their curricula, St. James scholars thrive and grow in them. These enrichments are fundamental to the growth and development of our well-rounded and well-informed scholars.
St. James scholars are encouraged to explore and develop their artistic talent through a variety of disciplines. We seek to foster creativity and expression as well as focus and discipline. Beginning in the earliest levels throughout Lower School, scholars explore the basic elements of art, including color, lines, and sculpture. Scholars are invited into discussions about art and their ideas about what they see and feel. As they grow, concepts such as texture and shape develop, and projects include work on portraits and still life. Abstract Art, Architecture and Landscape are all introduced, as well as continued discussion on the concepts of light, space and design. Middle School students study art through the ages, by period, including Classical Art of Ancient Greece and Rome, Gothic Art, The Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo through Realism. Studio Art includes the opportunity to work with clay, paint, pastels, ink, wood carvings and more.