"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create." President Barack Obama
Westtown Visual Arts trains students to be empathetic and creative problem solvers who use art to be stewards of a better world. Our program balances the development of technical skills with conceptual development as student artists learn to take risks while developing their individual voice. An emphasis on learning through doing is central to our program while we develop habits of mind that are based on reflection, iteration, and individual growth. Westtown’s innovative curriculum teaches students to think and act like young artists and designers with projects that promote a multitude of individual responses and answers. Our students have a greater understanding of themselves, others, and the world they live in through the unique and holistic problems they will solve in these courses.
Westtown offers a broad range of specialized classes in the arts curriculum. Our students begin with exploratory classes in either 2D and 3D art. As they move deeper into their discipline, offerings include drawing, painting, printmaking, digital arts, darkroom and digital photography, ceramics, and woodworking. Advanced students are invited to take Advanced Studio Arts. Throughout students’ progression through the program, faculty serve as mentors who support them as students develop their individual artistic voice.
The Upper School Art Department also manages the Art Gallery, featuring exhibits of professional and student artists as well as student-curated exhibits and Art Department collaborative installations and events. The Art Gallery is a vital extension of the classroom with a focus on the creative process. Recent exhibits have included installation sculpture, graffiti art, medical art, and interactive graphic design, as well as both abstract and traditional painting.
Our arts teachers are practicing studio professionals with excellence in their specific fields. Westtown graduates have been accepted at some of the nation’s finest art schools and have gone on to careers in a variety of arts such as graphic design, photography, architecture, printmaking, and sculpture as well as becoming teachers of fine arts and crafts.