An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12

Visual Art

We believe that fine art broadens children’s prospects, enhances their quality of life, and has an immeasurable effect upon their emotional and intellectual growth.

Studio Art at Crystal

Every student has the opportunity to explore his or her creative gifts in the impressive Ethel Barnes Porter studio arts building here at Crystal. Our rich visual arts curriculum includes hands-on courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics, which are designed to meet the needs of the beginning student as well as to nurture the development of our more advanced visual artists.

Our light-filled classroom hosts weekly figure drawing and painting sessions. In an adjacent studio allocated to three-dimensional design, students have the opportunity to work on large scale sculpture and functional ceramics. Ongoing classroom critiques and vibrant exhibitions reflect our philosophy, which encourages students to develop complex ideas, reflect on themselves and their community, and hone the technical skills necessary to express their visions. Through slide lectures, visiting artists’ talks, and field trips, we help students to become not only connoisseurs of art, but sensitive, cultured stewards of their world.

List of 2 news stories.

  • Sixth Grade Nature Art Installations

    After studying the work of British artist, Andrew Goldsworthy, Perry Meigs' 6th grade visual art students created Nature Art Installations using materials found in their backyards to celebrate Earth Day.
  • Channeling Banksy

    Inspired by street artist Banksy, Graphic Design II students reproduce their digital work in a way that amplifies an emotionally charged issue. Students tackle problems that range from social media pressure to environmental concerns.
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