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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

From the loom to the potter’s wheel, the painter’s easel to the digital desktop, our visual arts program offers a rich array of hands-on experience in 2-D, 3-D, digital, and combined media arts.

Library from quad
Origami artwork and math

Middle School

Building Foundations

In Middle School, you’ll develop your own creative voice, channeling your feelings into powerful visuals.

You’ll explore artistic fundamentals—think color theory; understanding of elements of art; how to safely navigate a studio, and more. You’ll build a repertoire of technical skills as you play with a variety of media and forms, from drawing to painting, clay to  fabrics to recycled materials, and more.

Inspiration awaits through explorations of diverse artists, artistic styles, and periods the world over. While guest lectures and field trips to local museums will give you ample opportunities to put your new artistic vocabulary and critique skills to good use.

Dane working at Potters Wheel

Art and Design Explorations

In ninth-grade, you’ll take a three-trimester course in Art and Design. As you rotate through each of our 2-D, 3-D, and digital studios, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and experiment with diverse media. You’ll broaden and deepen understandings of the design process as you apply an iterative design thinking approach to collaborate with your teachers and peers to refine your work.

Students in art class

Upper School Work

Viva Viclas – painting by Jaya Winemiller as inspired by a field trip to the Contemporary Museum of Art in Raleigh’s low rider motorcycle show.

Clutch purse created with fabric handwoven on a tabletop loom and hand sewn by Chioma Modilim (’22) in Fiber Arts course during her freshman year

Color Tile project – Students found a color that best represented them clipped from a magazine, matched the color in acrylic and remixed it with house paint to create their own ceiling tiles in the art studio.

Macramé hanging tray created by Isabella Barnette (’20) in Fiber Arts course during her sophomore year.

Daydreamer- handbuilt ceramic figurative scultpure by Lauren Hsu, created in Advanced 3D.

Machine sewn garment created from a commercial pattern in Fiber Arts course by Anna Lane (’20) during her junior year.

Advanced Opportunities

For the serious artist, our Advanced Studio 2-D and 3-D class will help you hone and present your artistic voice. You’ll be given the freedom to interpret assignments to reflect your own ideas, concepts, and styles. And emerge with a portfolio of high quality work that can be submitted as an AP studio art portfolio.

Advanced Opportunities

For the serious artist, our Advanced Studio 2-D and 3-D class will help you hone and present your artistic voice. You’ll be given the freedom to interpret assignments to reflect your own ideas, concepts, and styles. And emerge with a portfolio of high quality work that can be submitted as an AP studio art portfolio.

Advanced Opportunities

For the serious artist, our Advanced Studio 2-D and 3-D class will help you hone and present your artistic voice. You’ll be given the freedom to interpret assignments to reflect your own ideas, concepts, and styles. And emerge with a portfolio of high quality work that can be submitted as an AP studio art portfolio.

Advanced Opportunities

For the serious artist, our Advanced Studio 2-D and 3-D class will help you hone and present your artistic voice. You’ll be given the freedom to interpret assignments to reflect your own ideas, concepts, and styles. And emerge with a portfolio of high quality work that can be submitted as an AP studio art portfolio.

Advanced Opportunities

For the serious artist, our Advanced Studio 2-D and 3-D class will help you hone and present your artistic voice. You’ll be given the freedom to interpret assignments to reflect your own ideas, concepts, and styles. And emerge with a portfolio of high quality work that can be submitted as an AP studio art portfolio.

Advanced Opportunities

For the serious artist, our Advanced Studio 2-D and 3-D class will help you hone and present your artistic voice. You’ll be given the freedom to interpret assignments to reflect your own ideas, concepts, and styles. And emerge with a portfolio of high quality work that can be submitted as an AP studio art portfolio.

Upcoming CA Events
May
27
Wednesday
Virtual Session: Common App Workshop for Students
May
29
Friday
Virtual Session: College Essay Workshop for Students
Jun
2
Tuesday
11th Grade Parent Virtual Coffee – Class of 2021 College Admissions and Application Process