The heart of the visual arts program is the making of art, which allows students to be artists and experience the frustrations, risks, and joys of the creative process. It gives students an opportunity to make discoveries, achieve something original, and experience pride of ownership. Classes offer a balance between solid foundational work and expressive freedom, enabling students to apply good craftsmanship as they explore their own path of self-expression.
Throughout the visual arts curriculum, students move progressively through an exploration of both two- and three-dimensional work. Studio time includes drawing and painting, 3D construction, cultural art, digital art, and mixed media units. Students also study art from many cultures and begin to learn how to critique art works. By Upper School, students can elect to study in a variety of media or focus on a specific course of study for four years. A progression in each medium taught has been carefully plotted so those interested students will be ready to show advanced work to colleges.