Visual Arts

Three students painting in art class

Visual Arts Program

Whitfield's Visual Arts program is designed to support students as they develop studio techniques and skills and gain an understanding of how to approach art-making as a problem-based process.

Visual Arts
The Visual Arts program is designed to support students in achieving the following objectives: the acquisition of essential studio techniques and skills to serve artistic intent, an understanding of how to approach art-making as a problem based process, an understanding of how to develop a theme through visual imagery, and the ability to articulate artistic concepts and use artistic vocabulary to critique work effectively. Curriculum in grades 6 through 9 focuses on aspects of art and the creative processes relevant to intellectual growth and development in all individuals. Visual arts are viewed not only as a visual language to be manipulated, but also as an observable problem-solving process that is an integral part of the creative process within any discipline. In grades 10 through 12, students who have completed Design Overview or Fine Arts may choose to take the upper level studio electives.
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS:  A Fine Arts course is required each year of middle school.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:  One credit of Fine Arts is required for graduation.
Middle School students working on a ceramics project

Middle School

Our Middle School curriculum focuses on aspects of art and the creative processes relevant to intellectual growth and development in all individuals. A variety of media opportunities are presented to foster individual engagement with the creative problem solving process, a greater awareness of craftsmanship, and confidence with technical skills.

Upper School student working on a drawing in visual art class

Upper School

Students who have completed Design Overview or Fine Arts may choose to take the upper level studio electives. In addition to conceptual approaches to making, students push their technical skills in order to produce strong work suitable for inclusion in a portfolio to submit to a college art program (if applicable). A number of projects are team-taught with the photography and painting faculty.

Sanjeevani Patankar '19 with her artwork during the Senior Retrospective

Senior Retrospective

Whitfield's Senior Retrospective showcases both the best work and the artistic evolution of graduating seniors in the school's Visual Arts program. After an opening reception in May, the work is on display until August of each year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL GALLERY

Thomas Wortham '23
8th Grade Art
Colored Pencil and Marker

Charlotte Baird '23
8th Grade Art
Colored Pencil


8th Grade Art
Watercolor and Colored Pencil

8th Grade Art
Collage: Colored Pencil & Magazine

8th Grade Art
Watercolor and ink

Lucy Stokes '22
8th Grade Art
Watercolor

UPPER SCHOOL GALLERY

Rebecca Zlepper '20
Advanced Photography
Digital Photography, Xanthan Gum, Food Coloring, Adobe Photoshop, Studio Lighting

Kylie Wagner '20
Advanced Photography
Digital Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Projector

Andrew Smith '19
Advanced Photography
Digital Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Studio Lighting

Carson Dillick '19
Graphic Design
Adobe Illustrator

Beau Gabbert '22
Design Overview
Acrylic Paint

Abigail Morgan '20
Advanced Ceramics
Stoneware and glaze

Meredith Binette 
Studio Drawing and Painting
Test Tubes, Wood, Misc Contents

Nicholas Taylor '20
Advanced Drawing
Charcoal

Casey Hoermann '19
Advanced Drawing
Insulation Foam, Joint Compound and Acrylic Paint

Gigi Florek '19
Advanced Ceramics
Stoneware and glaze

Lucy Stokes '22
Design Overview
Ink

Sylvia Wang '18
Studio Drawing and Painting
Acrylic Paint

Molly Smith
Studio Drawing and Painting
Acrylic Paint

Hannah Minorini
Studio Drawing and Painting
Lightbulb, Gel Medium and Wood

Maxwell Masterson '19
Studio Photography and Design
Adobe Photoshop, Studio Lighting, Digital Photography

Eva Jungermann '19
Graphic Design
Adobe Illustrator

Juliana Crang
Advanced Ceramics
Stoneware and glaze

Jake Tubbesing '18
Graphic Design
Adobe Illustrator

Catalina Cuevas 
Studio Ceramics
Stoneware and glaze

Nicholas Pomatto
Advanced Drawing
Charcoal