Fine Arts


The curriculum in Visual Arts begins with introducing students to a wide variety of experiences and encourages new students to freely explore media, ideas, and styles. A key philosophy of the Visual Arts program is student individuality, which promotes excitement, accountability and ownership of work. At the same time, the art rooms foster a relaxed atmosphere of creativity and freedom to explore, experiment, and discover. The dedicated art studios and the small teacher-student ratio allow our faculty time to work closely with each student.

As students progress further in Studio Art, they further the skills they have learned in the five main disciplines of studio art: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics and Sculpture/3-D Design

Students can also take:

Black and White Photography

This course provides an introduction to the principles and techniques of the process and the use of all the equipment and materials. Students have free access to the campus darkroom and all of the equipment.

Digital Imaging Applications and Film Analysis

As one of Wakefield's most popular courses, this class introduces photographic image modification through the use of computer technology. Students are introduced to digital image creation and selection and learn how to compose and create images through various software applications. Students are introduced to the film-making and editing processes through several software programs such as iMovie and Final Cut. In addition, students will view, discuss, and critique important films and film clips selected primarily from the past 60 years.

Technical Drawing

Technical Drawing, also known as drafting, is the academic discipline used by architects, interior designers, drafters, design engineers, and related professionals to create standardized technical documents. A technical drawing differs from a common drawing by how it is interpreted: A common drawing can hold many purposes and meanings, while a technical drawing is intended to concisely and clearly communicate all needed specifications to transform an idea. Technical Drawing provides an excellent foundation for those students interested in engineering, architecture, interior design, drafting technology, and all other phases of the technical world relating to and communicating through descriptive drawings.

Graphic Communications

Graphic Communications provides students the tools and knowledge to create digital art and content using the programs that make up the Adobe Creative Suite. Students learn how to create and manipulate images while learning the basic and midrange tools that are available in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. They are also introduced to the tools and skills needed for basic video creation.

Upper School Art Teachers

Mr. Gary Genther

Ms. Linda Northrup

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