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The Summit School of Ahwatukee art, architecture and design curriculum is based on the Vitruvius Program.

In 2011, The Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) selected the Vitruvius Program at Summit School of Ahwatukee as the

Winner of the National School award: the Best Art/Design/Architecture school program in the United States!

Vitruvius founders, Kathleen and Eugene Kupper, and co-teacher Selene Kupper were awarded the American Golden Cube award and were the representatives of the United States in the UIA Golden Cubes International Competition in Tokyo. To read more about this prestigious award and see samples of students’ works submitted to the AAO go to https://review.wizehive.com/voting/goldencubes/72/87710

This art, architecture and design program enables students to use their creative intelligence to express ideas and concepts in tangible forms. As students engage in work based on real and imagined projects, they deepen critical thinking, narrative problem solving, spatial reasoning, and visual perception.

Student projects include architectural models, fused glass, ceramics, and painting and drawing in oil pastels, chalk, water colors and more. Each student is invited to create projects that reflect their ability to bring their unique ideas to life.

Design and architecture projects bring an important dimension of thinking to the program. The students learn to find reasons for their work outside of artistic self-expression, becoming divergent thinkers, and gaining a foundation for understanding a changing world.

By studying works from history and the present, students understand how art and design have made significant contributions in the shaping of culture. Students see that their creative work is part of a continuum with other artists, architects, and designers. Critiques develop the ability to observe, discriminate, compare, and contrast creative works. Students learn how to use critical language to interpret work and explain their understanding of its purposes.

About the Vitruvius Program

In 1988, Kathleen Kupper and Eugene Kupper co-founded the Vitruvius Program, an art, architecture, and design education program for preschool through high school. The program was developed with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.  The Vitruvius Program curricula and teacher training have been implemented in schools, universities, and museums throughout the U.S.  Student work has been exhibited on an international level.

The Vitruvius Program has been the Summit School of Ahwatukee’s art curriculum since 2000, and has received national and state recognition.  Today, Kathleen Kupper and her daughter Selene Kupper create and teach the model design education program to preschool through eighth grade. Together they present integrated design exercises and art principles to the Summit School students, and relate their work to community and global issues, embodying scientific, artistic and spiritual narratives.

 

Recipient of the Prestigious Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA, Creative Achievement Award

In 2013, Kathleen, Selene, and Eugene Kupper were awarded the “Creative Achievement Award” by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA, at the ACSA National Conference in San Francisco.  The Creative Achievement Award recognizes a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education. This award recognized the Vitruvius Program research and curriculum integration at the Summit School of Ahwatukee. To learn more about this prestigious award go to http://acsa-arch.org/programs-events/awards/archives pages 44 and 45 of the ACSA awards view book.

Phoenix Magazine named the Vitruvius Program at Summit School of Ahwatukee as one of the top five of all education programs in Metro-Phoenix in 2009.

Exhibits

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) has invited the Kuppers to display Summit School of Ahwatukee students’ art/design works, in three exhibitions.  Preschool-eighth grade student works have been displayed in one or more exhibit, for up to three months at SMoCA.

Bridges: Connecting Earth to Sky and the public artwork Ice Sculpture connected to the Soleri Bridge dedication and exhibitions.   Students addressed architectural and urban design issues in Metro-Phoenix and proposed sustainable solutions.   In 2012, Kathleen Kupper joined with SMoCA education curator, Laura Hales, to co-curate an international design education exhibition, Cycles: From Fields to Cities.  Five programs from Russia, Finland, France, and Sweden and the Summit School Vitruvius Students joined to look at the history their cities and propose sustainable design solutions for their city’s future.  The exhibitions exemplified the integration of design and art education with classroom curricula and fostered community, state, and global activism and citizenship.

Get to Know - Art Faculty

Kathleen Kupper

Art, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Art Elective, Sixth through Eighth Grade
Kathleen.Kupper@SummitSchoolaz.org

Kathleen Kupper is Summit School’s Specialist in art, architecture and design. Her education includes a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc] and the ASU College of Architecture. As the co-founder of the Vitruvius Program, she developed and taught architecture, art, and design programs in the United States and Switzerland. Mrs. Kupper brought the Vitruvius program to Summit in 2001.

Mrs. Kupper was the Recipient of the Prestigious Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA, Creative Achievement Award. Kathleen, Selene, and Eugene Kupper were awarded the “Creative Achievement Award” by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA, at the ACSA National Conference in San Francisco in March 2013. The Creative Achievement Award recognizes a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education. This award recognized the Vitruvius Program research and curriculum integration at the Summit School of Ahwatukee.

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Selene Kupper

Art, Preschool through Fifth Grade
Art Elective, Sixth through Eighth Grade
Selene.Kupper@SummitSchoolaz.org

Selene Kupper has been recognized nationally for part in developing and teaching the Vitruvius Art Program, which is the art curriculum at Summit School of Ahwatukee. She brought her astounding talents to Summit School in 2008.

Ms. Kupper has developed projects and taught in the Vitruvius Program at the ASU Center for Academic Precocity, Design Discovery at the ASU College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Tesseract School Paradise Valley and North Scottsdale, and the University of Wisconsin. She studied graphic design at ASU, and has worked as a general manager, buyer, and designer for a five store corporation. As an artist and designer, her work has been exhibited internationally and she continues to create design work in the area of textiles and graphics. At Summit, she presents integrated design exercises and art principles to the students.

Ms. Kupper was the Recipient of the Prestigious Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA, Creative Achievement Award. Kathleen, Selene, and Eugene Kupper were awarded the “Creative Achievement Award” by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA, at the ACSA National Conference in San Francisco in March 2013. The Creative Achievement Award recognizes a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education. This award recognized the Vitruvius Program research and curriculum integration at the Summit School of Ahwatukee.