New Upper School Electives Go In-Depth in Economics, Architecture and Dance Composition

Upper School visual arts students are demonstrating their understanding of art and design concepts in a new elective focused on architecture.  

The class, taught by Jesse Standlea and Phillip Griswold, will study two- and three-dimensional art concepts and theory, an understanding of space, form and function, and study and discuss historic and contemporary architecture. 

The class will finish with a creative project where students design spaces they intend to build using hands-on and digital approaches. 

“The process of planning, designing, and constructing will culminate with either finished drawings or finished scale models,” Mr. Standlea said, with scale models constructed using St. Margaret’s 3D printers, CNC router and laser cutter in the Johnson Wallis Visual Arts Center.

The class is just one new option available this semester to Upper School students at St. Margaret’s, which naturally evolves its curriculum based on a number of factors, including student need and interests and  faculty knowledge and enthusiasm. 

Elsewhere, a new history and social science class focused on economics seeks to enable students to make reasoned judgements about personal economic questions and broader questions of economic policy, with the objective to instill an economic way of thinking and problem-solving. The class, taught by Dr. Daniel Solarz, touches on topics like borrowing, earning power, investing and financial services. 

And, in performing arts, Director of Dance Kirsten Harvey is teaching a new advance dance and composition honors course, where advanced and dedicated dance students demonstrate advanced technical skills in all genres, and a clear artistic vision and interpretation in performances and choreography they will create and produce. 
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