Visual Arts





Lower School students learn the various elements and principles of art, as these are the building blocks for creating a visual vocabulary. These concepts are explored through various media such as: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and collage. 

Concepts related to perspective and observational drawing are introduced. Throughout the year, many of the student projects involve learning about the artwork of a living artist, or the legacy of a remembered one. Often, artists-in-residence visit to teach a lesson relating to an exhibit of their personal art work in our School gallery.

Close observation of the natural world is emphasized through drawing from life and exploring natural materials such as watercolor, clay, fibers, and found objects. Each child's individual creative voice is nurtured through student centered art experiences that encourage the expression of imagination and ideas.

middle school

The Middle School art curriculum teaches foundational concepts and skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics, and digital media, while emphasizing creativity, critical thinking, and self-discovery. Art history and contemporary art practices are introduced at every level and connections are made between the social and historical contexts of art from various time periods and cultural traditions. Students are encouraged to express their unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas through their artwork, and to approach the development of skills with a growth mindset. Eighth grade students participate in an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based capstone project that involves conceptualizing, creating, and presenting their artwork relating to a topic of personal interest. 

upper school

The Upper School art program provides opportunities for students to cultivate their creative potential and empowers them with the skills to materialize their visions and to build strong portfolios. Grounded in both traditional studio art and contemporary art practices, classes encourage the disciplined development of skills as well as experimentation, discovery, and engagement with the world around us. After taking the Foundations of Art course, an introduction to major art processes and  concepts such as composition, value, color, and form, students may continue their studies with higher level courses in Photography, Drawing and Painting, or Design, as well as Advanced and AP Art courses. Upper School Art students have many opportunities to engage with the artworld through trips to local and metropolitan museums and participation in highschool art contests and exhibitions. 

Upper School Perspectives 2023

Check out Upper School Students art and writing in the Perspective Magazine