Stratford Academy's Visual Art program offers instruction utilizing a variety of mediums and methods which foster enthusiasm, bolster appreciation and promote genuine artistic exploration. Studying the visual arts at Stratford means creating art. Our faculty encourages students to exercise their personal creativity while showing them how the rigor and reflection that is part of the creative process can help them to turn a rough concept into a finished work of art. Students work in an environment where it’s more than okay to make mistakes knowing that mistakes are a crucial part of the learning process. The Parker Buzzell Gallery adjacent to the front lobby of the school houses displays of student artwork year round.
In Lower School, the emphasis of Stratford's visual arts program is to develop and enhance the skills of each child, while nurturing the special creative talent of each individual student. Creative expression is encouraged while students develop their artistic skills as they explore new techniques related to drawing, painting, comparing, and constructing.
Our Middle School art program develops a strong foundation in the visual elements and principles of art. Students enrolled in middle school art courses become increasingly proficient in painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. As students learn about artists and different methods and materials they begin to discover their expressive abilities and strengths. Each Middle School student is treated as an individual and is given the freedom to develop at his or her own pace.
In Upper School, our art teachers foster a fun and safe studio environment that encourages experimentation with many types of media and the sharing of artistic inspiration. Through a variety of courses including Intro to Art, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Fashion Illustrating, Photography, Printmaking, Advanced Art and AP Studio Art, each student has the opportunity to explore, develop and nurture their creative side. Our art students learn to think creatively, use self-expression, and to evaluate, critique, and exhibit their work.
“Every artist was first an amateur” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Creativity takes courage” - Henri Matisse
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso
“A picture is a poem without words” - Horace
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” - Thomas Merton
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. ” –Steve Jobs