Art & Music
Art Department Chair: Dr. Stephen Lane
The Keio Academy of New York Art Department focuses on the usage and exploration of painting, drawing, and mixed media forms of art making. Art classes are designed to foster and encourage each student to develop their unique artistic language and to develop an understanding of art theory and studio practice.
With this in mind my teaching philosophy is characterized by:
- Encouraging the philosophy of the exploration of idea and experiment in the making of art.
- A strong commitment to teaching and exploring ideas that relates to art theory, culture, identity, and biography as it relates to each student’s art and art making process.
- A belief that each student will begin to form an artistic perspective that will enhance their art making ability as well as their life outside of the Art department.
I believe that talent is a relative term and that the strength of each student’s art making process lies in the encouragement of self-expression, a diligent work ethic, and creative and critical thinking in their art making process, which can be strengthened by a teacher’s encouragement and belief in the potential of each student.
11th grade Art classes can be considered as a continuation of 10th grade art. Students are expected to attempt more challenging work. The junior year of the art sequence stresses a search for personal statement in their art making.
Music Department Chair: Ms. Ayako Celestin
The educational focus of the Music Department is for students to develop a greater understanding of the playing of instruments, music theory, and chorus. The Music Department encourages students who are both interested in learning how to play a new instrument and those who have experience playing instruments.