Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it possible for a junior or senior to be accepted into the Visual Art Department?

    It is rare for a junior or senior to be accepted into the Visual Art Department due to the cumulative curriculum. Students are expected to retain information and practice what they have learned in their studio and art history courses from freshmen year to senior year.

    Self-motivated and serious juniors and seniors who are willing to learn missed lessons on their own time may be considered for acceptance.


  • What is the difference between studio assignments and the personal series assignments?

    Students are trained in classical art in the classroom, and so studio assignments reflect the classical nature of the curriculum. The studio assignments focus on developing specific skill sets within each studio course. Through these assignments, students are rigorously trained in drawing, painting and areas of design. The personal series assignments enable students to branch out into chosen areas of art as well as subject matter.

  • How much do art supplies cost?

    The cost of supplies varies from course to course and can depend on how quickly a student uses his or her supplies. There is a standard studio supply list, as well as studio-specific lists, that is provided to the students’ families. Students are expected to be prepared with the necessary supplies for assignments and should replenish them when they run out. Families who are experiencing financial strain should contact the Visual Art Director.


  • How much work should a student of the Visual Art Department expect to do every week?

    Visual art majors can expect to do 2-3 hours of art in school every day in the classroom and should plan for 5-8 hours of art homework each week. The homework is comprised of art assignments and the personal series work as determined by the studio instructor. Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Advanced Placement Art History students will receive reading, research, and writing homework assignments as determined by the art history instructor.

  • Does the Visual Art Department curriculum include specialized areas such as graphic design, animation, fashion design, or illustration?

    The curriculum makes connections to many specialized areas within the field of art. However, it does not formally include these areas of study. Workshops taught by visiting artists often address these specialized areas. Also, students are welcome to explore these areas of study on their own through their personal series of work. The curriculum provides the foundation and basis that all specialized areas of art require.