Visual Arts

Our art curriculum takes as its starting point our students’ natural desire for self-expression and personal exploration. While we stress high artistic standards, our primary goal is to encourage students to experiment with and explore the many media available to artists. While we realize not all of our students will pursue a career in art, we believe that all their lives will be enriched by a well-developed visual awareness. Our art faculty are all practicing artists who have a passion for teaching. Our facility, housed in a recently renovated building that was once the architectural studio of the renowned architect John Gaw Meem, offers a state-of-the-art photography darkroom, shooting rooms, and digital photo facilities. In our ceramics wing, students practice the techniques of hand-building and wheel throwing, and experiment with high and low-fired glazes and raku. A large, light-filled room is dedicated to figure drawing, and a smaller, adjacent room houses our full-sized etching press.