The visual arts program offers all students the opportunity to explore the creative process and expand their visual literacy. Students who discover a passion for a specific medium have the opportunity for more dedicated in-depth study. The arts faculty are available during evening studio hours for guidance beyond the academic day.
The works of professional artists as well as student works are regularly on display at the Paul Mellon Art Center Gallery, fostering continuing dialogue between students and exhibiting artists. With drawing, painting and fiber arts studios, fully equipped ceramics and jewelry-making studios, a traditional darkroom, and a digital and video lab, students have a wide variety of visual arts disciplines to explore.
Some highlights from the program include:
- Core Concepts is a foundation-level course that utilizes traditional media, iPad and computer graphic applications as tools to provide students with a full spectrum of opportunity to discover the concepts of color theory, graphic design, linear perspective and moving imagery.
- Traditional black and white photography, digital photography and digital video classes are available at introductory and advanced levels.
- Each trimester, upper level classes take field trips to major New York City museums as well as galleries and museums in the area.
- Honors Life Drawing provides students the unique opportunity to draw from a model and enhance their college portfolios.
- Advanced Studio Art Portfolio provides ample support for students to build a strong and representative body of work.
- AP Art History provides a full year of immersion in art over time.
- Architectural Design, taught by a local architect, allows students the chance to imagine and create their own unique designs.