The Upper School Visual Arts Department is dedicated to cultivating an inclusive, dynamic, and joyful environment in order to aid in the personal growth of student-artists. Students are exposed to a broad range of artistic media with a focus on both craft and concept. The department encourages students to explore their individual areas of curiosity while embracing the technical and conceptual skills gained during their time in the Visual Arts Department. Whatever their involvement in visual arts, student-artists emerge confident in their own creativity.
The visual arts faculty, whose enthusiasm for art-making inspires students at all levels, are practicing professional artists in their own fields of study. Upper School student artwork is displayed in hallways, hanging from ceilings across campus, and in the Tuttle Gallery, McDonogh’s formal exhibition space. Student artists also have opportunities for college portfolio preparation.