Visual and Fine Arts
All students in grades 6-9 take studio art classes that hone their drawing, design, painting, and sculpting skills. The school’s two art studios are open and available to students even when they are not in a scheduled class. Upper School students who wish to continue studying painting and drawing do so in very small classes designed to support the individual’s growth. Students work independently much of the time. Photography courses are available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Several Academy alumni/ae are now professional visual artists working as sculptors, photographers, or gallery owners.
Academy students regularly visit local museums and galleries as part of their coursework in the humanities or studio arts.
Our twice-weekly Studio Block arts electives program affords all students the time and space to work in a variety of mediums alongside professional artists from the local area. Visual and fine arts offerings have included: Ceramics, Painting & Drawing, Basket Weaving, Sculptural Feltmaking, Digital Photography, Jewelry Making, Film Studies, and Architectural Design. Each student can elect up to four of these classes.