The Art Department consists of three separate disciplines of artistic and personal expression: Visual Arts, Drama, and Music. These distinct disciplines introduce students to the basic vocabulary of the art forms and illustrate the constant dialogue between the arts and our society. Each member of the department strives to teach fundamental skills while also stressing the theories and concepts that accompany these skills.

All students must complete twenty full credits within the department by the end of their sophomore year. This requirement may be met by taking two full years of a given field of study or by sampling a variety of disciplines within the departmental electives.

Visual Art: 2D

Identify your own artistic interests, build on past creative experiences, and develop the technical skills you need to make your ideas visible. Instruction will cover a range of materials, tools, and techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage. Regular discussion of The World of Art and Art History will provide context for our work. Critiques, documentation, and presentation will be essential elements of the class, with an emphasis on both process and product. 

This class may be taken more than once. No prerequisite for 10th to 12th graders.

Visual Art: 3D

Identify your own artistic interests, build on past creative experiences, and develop the technical skills you need to make your ideas visible. Instruction will cover a range of materials, tools, and techniques in the intersection of design, craft, and building things that you can use. Regular discussion of The World of Art and Art History will provide context for our work. Critiques, documentation, and presentation will be essential elements of the class, with an emphasis on both process and product. 

This class may be taken more than once. No prerequisite for 10th to 12th graders.

Visual Art: Digital World

Identify your own artistic interests, build on past creative experiences, and develop the technical skills you need to make your ideas visible. Instruction will cover a range of tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate, Autodesk Maya, and experiments in Augmented Reality. Critiques, documentation, and presentation will be essential elements of the class, with an emphasis on both process and product. 

This class may be taken more than once. No prerequisite for 10th to 12th graders.

Visual Art: Introductions

Learn how to find ideas by experimenting with materials, tools, and artistic thought. This class will give you a foundation to explore a range of mediums like drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and digital arts.

Visual Art: Photography

Identify your own artistic interests, build on past creative experiences, and develop the technical skills you need to make your ideas visible. Instruction will cover the techniques of using a professional camera, editing and manipulating images in photoshop and in the darkroom, printing high resolution large scale images, and going on photo shoots off campus. Regular discussion of The World of Art and Art History will provide context for our work. Critiques, documentation, and presentation will be essential elements of the class, with an emphasis on both process and product. 

This class may be taken more than once. No prerequisite for 10th to 12th graders.

Visual Art: Video Production

Identify your own artistic interests, build on past creative experiences, and develop the technical skills you need to make your ideas visible. Instruction will cover a range of techniques in video production using professional video cameras, sound recording, composition and editing to tell a story. Regular screening and analysis of short films from the World of Art, youth media and the commercial world will provide inspiration and context for our work. Collaborations, Critiques, and Screenings will be essential elements of the class, with an emphasis on both process and product.
This class may be taken more than once.

No prerequisite for 10th to 12th graders.

Visual Arts: Senior Studio

Culminating with the annual Senior Show, this class creates the community, structure, and space for the most serious artists to pursue their own work. Students taking this class have shown to be independent, dedicated artists who are prepared to bring their own personal interests to the class. No projects are assigned. Group critiques, research in contemporary art, readings, and documentation of the creative process will be major elements of the course.
Prerequisite: Open to 12th graders per recommendation by the Visual Art Department.
12th graders must take both terms.

Visual Arts: Studio Practice

This class creates the community, structure, and space for the most serious artists to pursue their own work. Students taking this class have shown to be independent, dedicated artists who are prepared to bring their own personal interests to the class. No projects are assigned. Group critiques, research in contemporary art, readings, and documentation of the creative process will be major elements of the course.
Prerequisite: Open to 10th and 11th graders per recommendation by the Visual Art Department.
10th and 11th grades can take one or two terms.