The Upper School visual art program fosters conceptual visual expression across a wide variety of media and disciplines. From drawing and painting to ceramics to digital and darkroom photography to art history, studios and classrooms provide innovative spaces for a challenging, intellectual approach to creation.
All Ellis students take arts classes through the tenth grade and have a firm foundation in design, digital media skills, and art history that prepares them for further art training and the ability to apply important creative tools in their other coursework.
Students reach beyond the studios via opportunities for authentic Raku and wood firing experiences, figure drawing, and internship possibilities with an array of local arts institutions. A biennial Fine Arts Festival, annual Senior Show, and regular in-school exhibitions offer students the chance to show and discuss their work. We are proud of the excellent work our students submit to the prestigious Scholastics Art and Writing Awards competition and of the many regional and national awards they have received. Visits by practicing artists, supportive emphasis on risk-taking, multiple iterations of creative problem solving, and a dynamic balance between independent and collaborative work are constants across the curriculum.