Pettigrew Academy on Marvin Avenue in Waxahachie has announced a new art curriculum for the 2007-2008 school year.

The art program at Pettigrew Academy will focus on drawing this academic year, according to a press release, which says art instructor Adelaide McNabb will introduce students to the tools used in drawing and will draw from life as well as from their imaginations.

“They will explore their ideas and real life subjects with pen, pencil, graphite, charcoal and pastel and will be introduced to ways of expressing the surface, volume and shape of objects in two dimensions,” according to the release. “The students will also be shown the work of established artists providing an art history context for the art of drawing.”

McNabb will emphasize the importance of process over product and nurturing the discipline of spending time on one’s work. She also will encourage the development of the students’ powers of observation, a skill that is important in other areas of study.

“The setting of Pettigrew Academy provides many opportunities for the students to draw from life the live birds in the yard to the wide variety of plants and trees in the grounds of the school,” the release reads. “This will also allow for the art program to mesh with the students’ studies in the life sciences and with the Master Gardeners program, which is also offered at the school.”

The school also will offer three new art classes developed for the Go Van Gogh program at the Dallas Museum of Art and complementing the year-round art program at Pettigrew Academy.