Visual Arts

Our students learn to express themselves in many different visual ways, using their eyes, hands, and inspiration.
Our students learn to express themselves in many different visual and tactile ways, using their own unique inspirations.

To see the world with intense observation...

At The Pennington School, students are empowered to create a visual language through deliberate handling of mediums, skills, concepts, and context. While building technique and solving creative problems, the processes of self-expression, critical thinking, and risk taking happen! It is our job to enhance a student’s vision, creative thinking, and collaborative spirit.

In the Upper School students can jump right into a discipline they find intriguing. Interested in interpreting your world and creating illusions on paper and canvas? Then Drawing and Painting are for you! Interested in getting your hands dirty and making objects you can use in daily life? Ceramics is for you! Want to frame your world through a high tech device and create new worlds as you go? Then Photography or Video Production is for you!

Pennington students have gone on to pursue the visual arts at schools such as Pratt Institute, School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design, the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts, and Rhode Island School of Design.At The Pennington School, students learn to use art as a visual language through deliberate manipulation of design skills, concepts, and experience. Teachers encourage and nurture self-expression, risk taking, creative thinking, successful problem solving, and critical thinking. Three areas of media study are featured at Pennington: photography, drawing and painting, and ceramics. A photo lab with five enlargers, a clay room with five pottery wheels, a large electric kiln, and a raku kiln fired on-campus enhance artists' experiences at Pennington.