Studying the visual arts is an interactive hands-on learning experience where students learn the basic concepts and skills that are common to all visual arts disciplines. Students develop their problem-solving skills by learning how to design and execute a piece, assess it, and refine it. In the beginning-level classes, the focus is on developing the skills and concepts of the discipline, which will enhance a student’s ability to express herself in the visual arts. In the upper level classes, emphasis is placed on learning how to critique, analyze, and interpret art while undertaking more complex and meaningful studio projects. Art making affords an outlet for personal expression and adolescents may explore and express things they cannot communicate in words.
Our curriculum supports the needs of students by offering them many opportunities in the arts. A conscious effort is made to introduce the work of women, female-identifying, POC, and international artists as examples in the classroom. We draw from contemporary work as well as historical references. The artists who exhibit in the Geissler Gallery are often women, and each gives a gallery talk to the student body about her experience and life as an artist. We also offer assistance in portfolio preparation to seniors for college admission.
After completing our required one-trimester visual arts foundation course, Design & Color, students are eligible to take electives in Animation, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Digital Photography, Printmaking, and Weaving. We also offer a course in design that culminates in the production of the school’s Yearbook.
2 trimesters of the arts are required each year
Visual Arts Department Staff