Arts & Technology
In order to thrive in the 21st century, students need creative thinking and technology skills. At BART, we weave arts and technology throughout our curriculum to develop multimedia communication and presentation skills, and we provide all students opportunities to explore their creative strengths in arts and technology elective courses.
Arts and Technology Elective Courses
Every trimester students choose from a variety of arts and technology courses taught by BART’s faculty or, subject to grant funds, a visiting artist. BART middle school students choose from elective and enrichment courses offered in music, visual arts, and technology, where they learn the fundamentals of music composition, design and multimedia communications. The electives and enrichment courses offered in the high school can include digital media, performing arts, e-portfolio, graphic design, creative writing and AP Studio Art (Drawing and 2-D Design). Independent study classes are also offered in our high school.
The central atrium of BART’s building houses a makerspace facility which is equipped with art, fabrication, and electronics equipment. Students have the opportunity to use this space during structured elective courses as well as during individual learning time. In this facility students solve physical problems, create art, think creatively, work collaboratively and independently, and explore.
Students learn best when they are actively engaged in their classroom. BART students use laptops, electronic whiteboards, LCD projectors and student response systems daily to learn and demonstrate what they know. The school hosts a wireless computing environment with a 1.5:1 student to computer ratio, including a digital media lab, a maker space with 3D printing and CNC equipment and 5 web-enriched classrooms (1:1).
Student Performances and Arts Showcases
Each trimester culminates in a showcase of student work from the visual and performing arts classes: music, technology, creative writing, drama, and visual art hosted either at BART or at gallery space in North Adams. Students also have opportunities to perform in plays or exhibit their work throughout Berkshire County and in juried shows.