Brookwood is devoted to developing creative, compassionate, and innovative thinkers. Art and music study at Brookwood serves as an important opportunity for students to express themselves and their emotions. Students participate in local and statewide competitions, performances, exhibits, school auction projects, set designs and by donating their work and time to local and international charities.
Brookwood’s Lower School art program embraces the National Visual Art Standards as the guideline in encouraging students to achieve visual literacy and develop their own artistic skills through varied experiences and media. Using lessons based on art history and culture, as well as the work of individual artists, students are immersed in the elements of art and the principles of design.
Middle and Upper School arts programs are where students’ diverse talents are identified and nurtured alongside studies ranging from ancient to postmodern artists and the use of varied media.
Upper School Art offers students a variety of tracks to begin or expand the study of art, from introductory to Advanced Placement courses. Students analyze and interpret the works of master artists, build their portfolios with pieces that are interpretive responses to the human form, still life and the environment, and culminate with deeper exploration and execution of original art.
Additional highlights of the Middle and Upper School arts experience include a trip to Pebble Hill Plantation during a study of John James Audubon and to the National Gallery in Washington, DC, during the study of Impressionism and Postimpressionism. Additional field trips include those to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, the Millenium Gate Museum and elsewhere.
Students compete and exhibit their works in many citywide events including the Deep South Fair, the Junior Wildlife Art Exhibit, and The Art of Japan exhibit at Thomasville Center for the Arts.
All classes in the Brookwood Lower School receive general music instruction two times each week. The music curriculum is eclectic, but relies largely on the Orff Schulwerk approach, an active, participatory approach, in which students listen, move, sing, and play instruments with the goal to give every student the tools needed to perform, create, and listen to music with understanding. During the school year, Lower School students also work cooperatively and actively to make music together by presenting classroom stage productions.
The Middle School Music program is offered to students in grades 6-8 as an opportunity to learn to play a variety of instruments, sight read sheet music, and delve into music theory and American Music Culture and Tradition, as backed by history curriculum.