Instruction in Three Distinct Ways

At Baltimore Lab School, discrete training in the arts, both visual and performing, is integral to Sally Smith's vision and philosophy of capitalizing on our students' creative strengths. The arts faculty is first-rate and is committed to the ideal of allowing every student to shine.

Visual and performing arts teachers at Baltimore Lab are dedicated to integrating art in various forms as a mode of instruction in three distinct ways:

  1. Art as Curriculum: Our discreet arts courses help students explore art history, media and artistic processes while drawing on annual school wide themes, multiculturalism and topics of study in the academic subject areas.  
  2. Arts-Enhanced Curriculum: Our drama, music, creative movement and visual arts teachers work with classroom teachers to develop songs, movement techniques and visual art experiences that help reinforce academic skills and enhance student acquisition of vocabulary and key concepts. 
  3. Arts-Integrated Curriculum: Our arts teachers also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide an arts-integrated curriculum in which an art form is used as an approach to teaching and a vehicle for meeting learning objectives in an academic subject area and an art form.  For example, a middle school language arts class is taught by an English teacher and a drama teacher so that students are meeting written language objectives as they learn to play write.   (Arts as Curriculum, Arts-Enhanced Curriculum, and Arts-Integrated Curriculum from Kennedy Center Terminology)

Our talented staff creates unique, highly individualized courses including:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art
  • Lower School Art
  • Middle School Art
  • Art Seminar
  • Design in Sculpture and Clay
  • Fine Arts
  • Digital Image Design Processing
  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Photography I & II
  • Yearbook I / Yearbook II: Publishing Enterprises
  • Art in the Theatre (Set Design)
  • Video Production

Meet Our Visual Arts Team

List of 3 members.

  • Laura Parkhurst 

    Head of the Art Department, Academic Club Coordinator
    410-261-5500
    University of Maryland, College Park - B.S.
    Loyola University Maryland - M.Ed.
    Bio
  • Laura Griffiths 

    Lower, Middle, and High School Art Teacher
    410-261-5500
    Towson University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Zac Lawhon 

    Middle & High School Art Teacher
    410-261-5500
    Maryland Institute College of Art - B.F.A.
    Maryland Institute College of Art - M.A.
    Bio
Founded by visionary educator Sally L. Smith in 2000, Baltimore Lab School educates bright, motivated children in Grades 1-12 with learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, and more. Through our innovative, arts-based curriculum, our students go on to succeed in college and careers.