The visual arts play a significant role in the life of the school. Vibrant academic courses, unique co-curricular options, and substantive exhibitions captivate our students and inspire the community. Our course offerings provide an essential creative outlet and a means by which students can apply their artistic scholarship to real-world applications.
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of beginning and advanced students, those looking for a single-term elective, or those who may pursue their interest in the arts beyond graduation.
The Academy’s visual art program is grounded in the formal principles of design while being a fertile hive of creative invention. We use a variety of media, styles, and techniques to communicate deeply felt work that is rich with narrative content. All courses draw upon art history and reference contemporary work. Each project allows for personal expression and each unit of study culminates in an interactive group critique. Our more ambitious students submit portfolios to the College Board and include art supplements with their applications to college.
Members of the visual arts faculty are practicing artists who regularly show their work in professional galleries and annually mount exhibitions in the Academy’s Russell Gallery. The Russell also showcases other local and international artists’ work throughout the school year. Additional inspiration may come through visits to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Clark Museum, and the outstanding collections of the museums at Williams College, Smith College, UMass, and Amherst College.
The visual arts are located in the Reed Center for the Arts. Its extensive facilities include: seven art and architecture studios, a digital photo/video laboratory, and a wet darkroom.