Context and intention are keywords as our art students solve problems, build skills, gain confidence and learn the history of the various media they study. From sight specific installations around campus to collaborations with the science department, we seek to expand students' understanding of both the function and meaning of art. They are challenged to experience their world in a fresh way, to open their eyes and really see.
Our studios offer the perfect setting for students to immerse themselves in the creative process. Introductory classes provide a strong foundation in a variety of media, while advanced classes stress self-expression and the development of personal themes. Many students assemble portfolios for college applications and the AP Exam in Studio Art. Our students' artwork consistently wins recognition in various regional and national competitions.
The spacious and light-filled Maguire art building hosts eight studio spaces equipped with the most up to date equipment and ample room for students to grow as artists. The Dietel Gallery offers professional artists the opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to interact with the students through class visits and residencies. Students also have the experience of showing their work in additional exhibit spaces on campus and outside of school. Various publications, including our literary/arts magazine Triangle highlight student artwork throughout the year.
To see the excitement on the face of a girl who is watching her photograph develop in the tray in front of her is deeply satisfying and more than a bit magical. - Mark Van Wormer, Photography Instructor
The students learn to make decisions in situations where there are no standard answers and to critically evaluate the results. We hope that they will leave their art class, as with nearly any class here at Emma Willard, having learned to respect the often very different ways others have of thinking, working, and expressing themselves.