Visual Arts

Celebrate Arts! Afternoon of Student Choreography is Sunday, January 21, 2024

Everyone Is an Artist

Whether a beginner or burgeoning artist, Poly’s visual arts curriculum offers courses that inspire and unleash students’ innate creativity.

From Lower School through Middle and Upper Schools, our talented faculty will spark students’ imaginations, help them develop skills, and share perspectives about the history, diversity, beauty, and impact of visual art.

Bird drawing

Hands-on Inspiration

Students develop a strong base in traditional practice and materials, while being encouraged to develop their own eye and methods. They experiment, take risks, and solve problems. They look closely, ask questions, see alternate perspectives, and make connections.

Through our Arts Partnerships, they meet inspiring professional artists from whom they tap invaluable creative energy to explore and hone their own crafts.

Weaving student artwork

Creative Diversity and Individuality

Poly’s Visual Arts Department prioritizes an arts experience that allows each student to find their singular voice, whether it is one driven by aesthetics, identity, or both. Diversity is woven into our curricular offerings and our approaches to teaching, learning, and making.

Caleb Kim Wheel Thrown Vases Trio

Visual Arts on Display

Each winter and spring, student works are celebrated and exhibited in the galleries around campus. The pieces of Middle and Upper School artwork seen in the corridors and gallery spaces capture a wide array of mediums including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and photography, among others.

Arts Pathway, student drawing

Arts Pathways

Choosing an artistic pathway that is suited to the individual student creates a custom arts experience. Find out more about our Upper School Arts Pathways and the Excellence in the Arts Certificate Program.

Arts Pathways
“No matter the medium, we want to ignite and uplift the individual vision to not only create beautiful and provocative art, but also to give students both respite and engagement with our complex world.”- Laura Coppola ’95
The Charles, ’52 and Valerie Diker Chair of Visual Arts