Visual Arts

The visual arts curriculum at St. Anne’s-Belfield School encourages active exploration of a variety of mediums. Students are given the opportunity to expand on their own creative endeavors through ceramics, drawing, painting, digital art and photography. 

Visual Art in the Lower School

The study of art history and historic artists is introduced in lessons throughout K – Grade 4 as an important part of the art education process. Other areas considered are, of course, primarily art production and creation, and to a lesser extent, art criticism and aesthetics. The Elements and Principles of Design and the Eight Studio Habits of Mind are emphasized in the visual arts classroom. Kindergarten – Grade 4 students are taught by an art specialist who introduces the language of art and helps students develop skills in seeing, exploring, interpreting, and expressing their world through a variety of two- and three-dimensional media.


Visual Art in the Middle School

Grades 5 and 6 arts classes offer students broad exposure and exploration within a wide range of arts. All students in Grades 5 take strings, visual arts, music & movement, and theatre. In Grade 6, students choose a focus in either orchestra or choir and also enroll in both visual arts and theatre. The arts program in the Grades 7 and 8 provides an opportunity for students to focus on one area of the arts more exclusively. Students may choose to excel in the string orchestra, choir, theater arts, or specific visual arts media.


Visual Art in the Upper School

Students in Grades 9 – 12 have the ability explore a broad range of visual arts mediums. From architectural drawing, throwing on the pottery wheel, to learning Adobe InDesign and Illustrator students can choose to one or all of these classes over their 4 years in the Upper School.