The visual arts program is rooted in Felix Adler’s vision of progressive education: hands-on learning, student-centered inquiry, and the development of a sensitive eye, a discerning mind, and a skillful hand. We believe that all individuals become more intelligent and compassionate, and can perceive the human condition more fully, through making and understanding visual art.
A series of electives is offered throughout the high school years, including ceramics, architecture, sculpture, film production, life drawing, photography, painting and drawing, printmaking, and broadcast journalism. For students in the 10th grade and beyond who wish to pursue an intensive course of study, we offer an art major in 2D, 3D, or film production consisting of six hours of studio work each week. Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades work together in the studios in electives, offering a chance for older students to be mentors to younger ones, and for the younger students see where three years of work can lead.