Visual Arts

Visual Arts - Overview


The Visual Arts curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in basic skills and techniques as well as the means with which to think and talk about art. In the first two years students are introduced to a wide variety of media and techniques as well as the dynamics of composition. Upper level students build upon skills and techniques learned previously and are encouraged to experiment and discover a vehicle for personal expression.

Classes are kept to a size that facilitates individual attention. Instructors spend a majority of their studio time moving from student to student, offering advise, posing questions and demonstrating techniques, or offering moral support. Demonstrations, critiques, discussions, gallery and studio visits, slide lectures and a guest critic and masterclass program all contribute to a student’s understanding and appreciation of him/herself as an artist. Most of our graduates go on to attend the best art colleges and universities in the country, often with considerable scholarships.

The philosophy of the Visual Arts Department is the following:

  • Students should have a broad based foundation and be proficient in a wide variety of media, techniques and concepts.
  • Students should gain a strong sense of professionalism through experiences in the school and in the art community, locally and regionally.
  • Students should acquire the skills necessary to produce strong portfolios aimed at gaining access to scholarships and the best art colleges.



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