Art, one of the most complex forms of human communications, possesses the capacity to stir the mind, imagination and spirit.
At Canterbury School, the Visual Arts program is essential to the college preparatory curriculum, helping students develop intellectually, socially and spiritually. In the classroom, art making is taught as a process comprised of visual analysis, skill development, intuitive discovery and critical thinking. The curriculum stresses perception and drawing, design concepts, problem solving, persistence and craft. Inventiveness and informed risk-taking are celebrated.
A comprehensive art curriculum at Canterbury School includes strong foundational courses in the Lower School, visual art and 3D Sculpture at the Middle School level, and the following courses in the High School: Introduction to Visual Art, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, AP Art, AP Art History, and Advanced courses in each discipline.
In a world of continual change, a visual arts education encourages students to see complex problems from multiple perspectives. It also trains them to seek and expect multiple solutions. Students graduate with strong critical skills, a developed aesthetic judgment, and the ability use images and objects to communicate both the practical and the poetic.
Students have the opportunity to showcase their work through art shows hosted by the school, as well as community art shows and competitions. Student artwork also is displayed prominently throughout the school on both campuses.