"Some of the most important work done by Middle School faculty is to use the curriculum as a means to teach the skills necessary for life-long academic success."

– John Gifford, Assistant Head of School & Head of Middle School

Visual Arts


Academics, Afternoon Program

The Visual Arts Department provides an important balance to the traditional academic emphasis on language, spoken and written, as the prime means of self-expression. Art education provides more than specialized manual skills; it demands new awareness of our surroundings and intensifies our response to the visual environment in which we live.

All Visual Arts classes are taught in the Art Wing of the Pratt Middle School which includes separate studio spaces for painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, digital imaging, printmaking, and Middle School art.

The Middle School Arts program is based on the belief that each student should be exposed to three artistic disciplines: Visual Arts, Music, and Drama. Every Class VI student is required to take a Middle School Arts; Class V students are required to take at least two courses.

Class VI Visual Arts | Full Year
Required For: Class VI

The Class VI visual arts course is part of a quarterly rotation. The course exposes students to a variety of media and techniques. Projects and skills include drawing, design and sculpture. Students are encouraged to express their ideas creatively while learning and improving technical skills. 

Class V Visual Arts | Full Year
Open to: V

This Class V visual arts course continues to encourage students to express their own, creative ideas while learning new techniques and developing skills from Class VI Visual Arts. Projects and skills include drawing, design and sculpture. These are explored in greater depth and breadth than in the previous course.

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