Arts & Tech

In this digital era, the intertwinement of the arts and technology are increasingly inevitable. In preparing our boys for this ever-changing landscape, we create opportunities for mixing it up - both literally and figuratively.

WHY COMBINE ARTS & TECHNOLOGY?

We encourage integrating graphic design with the fine arts, as well as videography with the performing arts. In doing so, we also ensure our students have an appreciation for the pure forms of each visual and performing arts discipline. All to help realize the distinctive talents and boundless possibilities in each and every one of our boys.

VISUAL ARTS AT BOYS' LATIN

PUTTING AN IMPORTANCE ON CREATIVE THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING

Boys' Latin offers a full range of fine arts courses and co-curricular experiences at the lower, middle and upper schools to ensure our young men develop an appreciation for these art forms.

All BL students are engaged in the process of creating art in a structured environment that encourages hard work, the development of artistic skills, creative thinking and problem solving.

The content of the program draws on emotional, environmental and imaginative experiences, as well as coordinated activities with classroom teachers. Students are exposed to a wide range of art forms, including painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramics and other three dimensional activities.

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  • Art as Stimulation

    Students study fine art as a means for intellectual stimulation, to practice hand-eye coordination, and to examine the basis for creativity. Projects include learning the elements of design and drawing intensive explorations of graphite, ink, charcoal and pastels. Instruction is facilitative to allow students to be engaged and share ideas.
  • An Exploration of Design

    Courses continue with studies in design where the students learn the important skill of critique to understand how to discuss art intelligently. They continue to focus on the important skill of drawing using still-life arrangements, master copies and a progressive shift toward drawing from observation. The design process also teaches students how to plan and execute work from the 2D to 3D phase where understanding the principles and elements of design are crucial. Instruction continues to be facilitative.
  • Mastering Self-Expression

    The fine arts coursework stresses the importance of understanding the basic elements of art and principles of design. We emphasize basic drawing and visual perception while tapping into a variety of mediums including conte crayon, pastel, charcoal, pencil and ink, acrylics, clay and oils. Students primarily work to create with their hands and are encouraged to pull from a variety of influences. Each successive studio course introduces more complex techniques and a greater understanding of each students' self-expression through conceptual thinking and choice of subject matter.
Countless more alumni, each intent on making a lasting mark across so many realms of human expression, all got their start at Boys' Latin.

Alfred H. Barr, Jr., an American art historian and the first director of the Museum of Modern Art was one of the most influential forces in modern art. Francis Hopkinson Smith, a best-selling author and celebrated painter served as the lead engineer who built the foundation for the Statue of Liberty. John Waters is an accomplished film director who produced Hairspray. John David Whalen, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, is an aspiring film actor.

OUR MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM

INSTILL AN APPRECIATION FOR THE ARTS IN EVERY BOY

The incorporation of a strong and purposeful exposure to the performing arts from kindergarten to 12th grade helps foster both imagination and intellectual curiosity among our students.

It is also essential in helping our boys develop confidence and encourages them to challenge themselves and one another through practices and performances in front of their peers.

By exposing every student to multiple and varied areas of the performing arts, and encouraging them to stay engaged and disciplined when they find an instrument or genre that sparks their interest, we seek to instill an appreciation for the arts in every boy and nurture talent in those who want to explore a career in the field.

Starting in the lower school, our students explore music, media and art from around the world to encourage an appreciation of different cultures and to nurture their own interests and preferences. Families are welcome to take in the culmination of our students' impressive portfolios and advancements at the lower school's annual art and music show.

Our faculty frequently integrate creative, musically-based classroom activities with other core subject areas, singing, movement, performing instruments, reading, writing and composing or improvising music, as well as exploring music of various styles and cultures. Students play a role in performance-based assessment, of which there are three components: self-assessment, team assessment and individual assessment.

The study of music stresses the interrelationship of the basic components of music: pitch, duration, timbre, form, melody, harmony, rhythm and style, with a very hands-on approach to learning. Students have multiple opportunities to perform at concerts, assemblies and at mini-concerts held during recess.

Our theater arts program is dedicated to educating, supporting and inspiring each student about live theater. We encourage our students to learn how to express themselves while learning in the classroom, working in the rehearsal process, acting on the stage and managing the backstage areas.

TECHNOLOGY AND MULTIMEDIA

At Boys' Latin, we have a history of preparing our students for the future. Every graduating class enters a world more advanced and complicated than their predecessors. Each year, our Lakers enter the workforce ready to thrive and lead.

ROBOTICS

We believe that technology offers incredible opportunities for self-expression, creativity, and innovation. We help our students explore this through our competitive and highly successful robotics program.  Our program provides students in grades 3-12 an opportunity to showcase their ingenuity through participation in expos and competitions, competing on the local, state, and world stage.

Students in grade three compete in the FIRST FLL Jr. Challenge Expo while students in grades four through eight compete on one of three competition teams who participate in the FIRST FLL league competitions.  Students in grades nine through twelve compete in the uber-competitive FIRST FRC competition. Team members gain first-hand experience with sensors, controls, programming, mechanisms, 3D modeling/design/printing,  mobile app development and strategic thinking to solve the complex challenges set forth in each year’s robot game.

The upper school team, Lumberjack Robotics -  FRC Team 2534, was established in 2007 and has earned a reputation as one of the top teams in the Chesapeake District, annually placing in the top 15% of teams and winning Regional and District events and qualifying for the FIRST World Championship in 2010. 2016 and 2017. The 2016 and 2017 seasons proved to be the team's most successful to date. In 2016, the team won the Excellence in Engineering Award at the FIRST Chesapeake District Northern Virginia Event, the Creativity in Engineering Award at the FIRST Chesapeake Southwest Virginia Event and were overall champions at the Southwest Virginia event. In 2017, the team won the Judges "MacGyver" Award for overall economy and creativity, emerged as champions at the FIRST Central Maryland District Event, and qualified and participated in both the Chesapeake Regional and World Championship events. Check out the upper school robotics team’s Facebook page for interesting links to photos and videos from the lab and competitions.

Recent graduates of the team are pursuing engineering degrees at our nation's top engineering schools including Cornell, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech.  Several robotics team alumni have also now graduated from Masters level engineering programs at Bucknell University and Carnegie Mellon, working on projects to design robotically controlled medical braces and humanoid robots. Another has gone on to work on ocean engineering applications at General Dynamics Electric Boat and yet another as an Imagineer at Disney.

The lower and middle schools each have robotics programs to support the growing student interest in programming and engineering. Since 2011, the middle school robotics team has competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) challenge, reaching the state competition in 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018.   The lower school fielded an FLL team in 2017 and 2018, winning the Global Innovation award in 2018 for their leaky water pipe alert system and earning a spot in the Maryland State FLL Championship. In addition, all third-grade students to participate in annual Jr. FLL challenges. Each division has dedicated lab space for robotics teams to meet, design, build and test their robots. The lower and middle school teams hosted the first annual "Roboquake on Lake" FLL Jr. and FLL qualifier event in 2017, bringing over 30 youth robotics teams and 700+ visitors to the Boys' Latin campus. 

STATE OF THE ART FACILITIES

Boys' Latin's Center for Arts & Technology in the Smith Hall provides a focal point for arts on campus with two additional art studios, dedicated gallery space to feature a variety of visiting professional artists and the ability to further integrate middle and upper school arts programs.
The facility is equipped with facilities for digital design, including studio capability to support digital imaging, animation and videography. This gives the School the updated technology needed to put their best ideas forward.

Faculty and staff have enthusiastically added new programmatic capabilities in forensic and environmental sciences, robotics, painting, ceramics, other visual arts, digital design, programming, 3D design/printing and robotics.

FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS STAFF

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  • Kathy L. Anderson

    Middle School Music Upper School Music
    B.M., Westminster Choir College
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  • Demond L. Baine

    Dean of Students, Middle School
    B.F.A., Truman State University
    M.F.A., The University of the Arts
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  • Marta Cardarelli

    Lower School Art
    B.F.A., The Maryland Institute College of Art
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  • Amy Quinn Digges

    Upper School Art

    B.A., Psychology - University of Georgia
    B.A., Art and Design - Towson University
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  • Sarah Mogliazzi

    Middle School Art Upper School Art
    B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
    MAT., Maryland Institute College of Art
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  • Gina Molling

    Upper School Theater Arts Upper and Middle School Speech
    B.S., Towson University
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  • Matthew Pisarcik

    Lower School Band Middle School Band Upper School Music
    B.M., University of Delaware
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  • Elizabeth A. Wilson

    Lower School Music
    B.M., Western Michigan University
    M.S., Towson University
    Dalcroze, Orff Kodaly Certificate, Towson University
    M.M. Equivalency, Peabody Conservatory
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Technology Staff

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  • Annemarie Merow

    Director of Academic Technology, Middle School Technology Coordinator
    B.A., Franklin and Marshall College
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  • Jesse Carr

    Network Administrator
    A.A., Harford Community College
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  • David Sugar '98

    Information System Support Specialist
    B.A., Hobart College
    M.S., Towson University
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  • David Goodman '11

    Database Specialist
    B.A., Yale University
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  • Deborah B. Krulak

    Lower School Technology
    Masters of Education, Johns Hopkins School of Education
    B.A., University of Virginia
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  • Derrick Thomas

    Upper School Technology Coordinator
    Diploma in Computer Science, College of Arts, Science and Technology, Jamaica B.S., University of Technology, Jamaica B.S., University of Maryland
    Masters of Education, University of Maryland, 2016
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