Whether at the easel or the potter’s wheel, students at Calhoun discover new pathways and perspectives through the visual arts. Teachers encourage experimentation and risk-taking, using art as a vehicle to foster not only fluency with materials, but essential problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Coursework takes advantage of the vast resources at our doorstep, using New York City as a classroom to inspire and expand students’ understanding of the field.
Much of the art-making that happens in Calhoun’s studios breaks down conventional barriers between the arts and other subjects. Students might gain hands-on experience in engineering and design through an elementary sculpture project, or examine the connections between art history and mythology in an advanced Upper School elective.
"Art is a very physical form of thinking and a holistic way of problem-solving. We have different kinds of learners, and art reaches a lot of different kinds of minds."
Upper School Art Teacher