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Visual Arts

Most students will not grow up to pursue a career in the arts, but all students will grow up to be citizens of the world, and the arts help students to develop thinking routines and the ability to solve problems. The arts make thinking visible. Thinking routines used in the art room guide students through a thought process that encourages active engagement of ideas and the imagination. - Robin Russell, Fine Arts Teacher

Students learn foundational skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, and other media and will use these to generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. Students gain confidence in visual critiques and a deeper knowledge of art history and artistic theories. They are challenged to engage in visual thinking activities and conversations about art, meaning, and why we make art.


“There are many forms of artistic expression, but having a good idea is more important than anything else.” - Eric Yao '23

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See the World

Photography is seen as an art medium through hands on experience in the creation and editing of images. Students may explore photography through some AP courses.

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Critical Thinking

"Art showed me the beauty in adversity; that no problem is too great or so bad that it can’t be fixed in multiple ways." - GP student


Be Bold

The AP Studio Art course is for students interested in a rigorous and focused study in art. Students will develop a quality portfolio that demonstrates a mastery of concept, composition, and execution in 2D design.

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Take Risks

Art is all about risk and putting yourself out there. It should make you both excited and scared. You have to be willing to jump into an idea and see where it takes you.

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"The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before." - GP student

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Classes offered

All freshmen take Freshman Art, an introductory half-year course to help build a foundation in visual and cultural literacy. Freshmen can also take a full year of Foundations of Studio Art. Classes such as Global Art and History, Arts Exploration, Ceramics, AP Art and Design, AP Art History are offered with departmental approval. Some classes have the opportunity to build a portfolio and undertake further exploratory work.

Student Work

Video by Brain Chen '23

Comic Book art work by Felipe Singer '22 in the Arts Exploration class.

The Prep ceramics class was asked to create their own setting of food. They  used a combination of techniques and stoneware clay to "Fool the Eye." Trompe L'oeil is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions.