each year at bement, every student studies master artists, works with the elements of art, and completes a self-portrait in a different style. each session consists of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. lower school students' work follows a theme each year ranging in inspiration from oceans to the works of frida kahlo to japanese and chinese art. they undertake many techniques that include watercolors, graphite drawings, and the classical japanese sumi-e technique. in the upper school, students study negative space, color theory, art history, and symbolism, and they work on a number of creative projects that include accordion-style book illustrations, landscape paintings, and still-life compositions. students often paint and draw outside for added inspiration.