demonstrate mastery of formal visual concepts, technical and visual literacy skills, studio processes, and forms of art;
experience satisfaction and joy through the production and exhibition of their own art;
strengthen personal voice and agency in the creative expression of questions and ideas through the use of art and design;
understand how human visual perception and cognition impacts learning;
use art to develop empathy and insight into diverse points of view across time and culture; and
value the function of art across disciplines for the advancement of society.
Our pre-K through 12th grade visual arts program offers nurturing yet rigorous studio environments and instructional approaches that support a diverse range of student interests, aptitudes and learning styles. The visual arts curriculum is structured to affirm and develop the artist within every student by:
Guiding creative self-expression;
Exposure to a variety of artistic styles and cultural traditions in both historical and contemporary contexts;
Experience with a variety of media, techniques, and studio problem-solving processes;
The development of a personal visual art portfolio that follows students through their educational experience at St. Andrew’s.
The visual arts program emphasizes the importance of authentic self-expression, the development of personal voice and an appreciation for the variety and richness of human expression through the visual arts, whether students are learning about art in a classroom or in one of the many visual arts studios at this school. Our courses address age-appropriate learning goals in each division, and are designed to support and celebrate every kind of learner. Each year St. Andrew's students engage in stimulating new visual arts experiences and modes of expression. They develop the problem-solving skills required for measurable growth and mastery in the visual arts and are encouraged to take informed risks in their learning processes and objectives.
Students are encouraged to use their talents in the visual arts for service. Our first formal art-in-service programs and now a St. Andrew's tradition, all St. Andrew's students and families can participate in the annual Bowl-a-thon on Martin Luther King Day that helps to support our partner school in Haiti.
Through guided studio production, critical inquiry, and formative and summative assessments, students develop abilities for authentic personal expression, identify their unique personal aesthetic, and attain a deeper appreciation of the diverse range and power of human creativity.
Each year one student artwork by a senior is identified for distinction as the annual Richard Klemm Boyd, Jr. awardee. The artwork selected represents a model example of the high concept and craft our student artists achieve. It is purchased from the student artist and becomes part of St. Andrew's permanent art collection.
See work from visual arts faculty member Lauren Cook's Upper School Painting and Drawing classes in the virtual galleries below.