he arts play a vital role in the educational and personal development of each girl at St. Mary’s School.
The mission of the Visual Arts program at St. Mary’s is to enable every student to experience success in the creative process while fostering the intellectual skills of observation, critical thinking, inquiry, and problem solving. To that end, our teaching method emphasizes active participation and experiential learning, providing an atmosphere for open-ended responses, reflection, collaboration, improvisation, and the application of the principals and elements of art within a meaningful context.
All students in kindergarten, lower school, and middle school participate in art classes, and instruction in these courses combines art history and studio experiences and often includes interdisciplinary collaboration.
Eighth grade students study art in the context of our Ensemble Integrated Arts curriculum, in which students develop an understanding of the creative process by rotating through classes in filmmaking, dance, drama, and visual art.
Upper School students may choose from several studio and art history courses as electives, including AP Studio Art and AP Art History. One full credit in fine arts is required for graduation, half of which can be met by our Art History course.
The Fine Arts Club, as well as after school and summer art classes, provide extra-curricular enrichment opportunities for interested students.