The goal is to have students develop the creativity, imagination, and technical skill to practice art as a vital means of self-expression. The faculty are professional artists, and our students take full advantage of New York City cultural resources to complement their classroom work.

Upper School

The goal of the Masters visual arts program is to have you develop the creativity, imagination and technical skill to practice art as a vital means of self-expression. The faculty are professional artists, and will encourage you to take full advantage of New York City’s cultural resources to complement your classroom work.

Course List

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  • Course List

    Advanced Studio Art Major
    Animation & Motion Graphics
    AP Art History
    AP Studio Art
    Darkroom Photography
    Darkroom Photography II
    Digital Photography
    Foundations in Video Production
    Game Design
    Intermediate Video Production
    Masterpieces Senior Editorship
    Photo Major
    Photography II
    Photography III
    Studio Art 10
    Studio Art 11
    Studio Art 12
    Studio Art 9
    Studio Art: Adv Ceramics
    Studio Art: Ceramics
    Studio Art: Foundations
    Studio Art: Foundations in Architecture
    Studio Art: Crafts
    Studio Art Major
    Video Major

Middle School

The Middle School visual arts program provides a creative environment for you to explore visual communication in two- and three-dimensional forms. You’ll gain hands-on experience with a broad range of materials and techniques while working on projects designed to develop craft as well as cognitive skills related to thematic grade-level investigations.


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  • Fifth Grade

    Students visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore the ancient Egyptian and Greek Halls. A yearlong collaborative project incorporates visual art with history and creative writing. Students write scripts about ancient cultures in their humanities classes and transform their scripts into an opera in music class. In their visual arts class, they create rod puppets of their characters as well as backdrops and props, and they rehearse their performance. At the end of the school year, the students present their original opera for their parents.
  • Sixth Grade

    Students study the Hudson River School of Art to enhance their knowledge of the Hudson River Valley. They create their own watercolor landscapes inspired from photos from their field trips. Other projects include the creation of a hand-sewn quilt while studying American folk art, and designing a presentation for a site-specific sculpture at Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park.
  • Seventh Grade

    Seventh grade students are given the opportunity to work with the Upper School art instructors as well as the Middle School art teacher. They explore artistic disciplines, including foundation drawing, ceramics and digital photography. Tied in with their ongoing investigation of identity and diversity, students write an artist statement explaining the artistic choices they make in relation to their chosen essential question.
  • Eighth Grade

    Armed with digital cameras, the students explore Philadelphia and other historic sites by taking a series of images with thoughtful content and composition in a triptych format. Back in the classroom, they create a 30-second presentation using their photos and the original music they produce in their music classes. In their humanities classes, they write artist statements to explain their work as it relates to their yearlong theme of American identity. The year culminates with the students curating and displaying their own visual artworks in the Eighth Grade Arts Expo.

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