The Upper School visual art program promotes open-mindedness, global thought and personal creative actions. Student-artists experience art through many lenses: hands-on practice, historical inquiry, group critique, museum trips and visiting artist connections. The process of art is the anchor of the Upper School curriculum, rather than the visual product.
Studio experiences in the Upper School include ceramics, drawing, new media, painting, darkroom and digital photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking. Student-artists have access to a darkroom, ceramics lab, raku firing pit, 2-D and 3-D studios, and digital media equipment. Both introductory and advanced level courses are offered. Experienced student-artists and individuals preparing for visual studies at the college level may design an independent study or pursue Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art. Collectively the visual art courses provide a framework for students to step outside of themselves and be inspired to observe, synthesize, generate and appreciate art.