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Visual Arts

The Art Department at Brearley provides a supportive and structured environment in which students are given solid training at every step of an increasingly independent creative journey. Lower School girls are introduced to a variety of media and tools through projects that are both playful and thought-provoking. The Middle and Upper Schools draw inspiration from the world of art throughout history, honing the girls’ skills in observation and execution as they cultivate individual expression and analytical understanding.

A Range of Opportunities

Extracurricular art activities include photography, sculpture, drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and sewing in a relaxed and self-motivated atmosphere. Juniors and seniors may participate in intensive art electives to pursue their interests in depth and prepare portfolios for college admission.

Studio art is offered to all grade levels. Trimester classes for Class IV range from printmaking to Photoshop and 3-D printing; Class V student take woodworking, ceramics and darkroom photography. Upper School students can expand their regular studio art practice with independent studies in each medium.

Celebrating the Imagination

Our goal is to give each girl the confidence to express herself visually and to design assignments so that all students enjoy participating in the creative process. The work of every art student is celebrated through displays around the school, in the school calendar and at an annual comprehensive art exhibition.

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