Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program at Woodlands provides students an opportunity to express themselves creatively and to develop an understanding and appreciation of art in various media.

We encourage collaboration with other departments and inter-disciplinary projects to develop students’ aesthetic awareness and to broaden understanding of current trends and the tradition and history of art. Our ceramics, photography, and studio art students earn many awards annually in local and regional juried exhibitions, including the Congressional Art Competition, the Lake Forest Academy Regional Juried Art Exhibition, and the Deerpath Art League Gallery exhibition.

The highlight of the year is Woodlands Academy Fine Arts Evening, held annually in May, where student works are displayed in a juried show and awards are given in each medium. The evening offers visual arts students and faculty the opportunity to celebrate their achievements as a community and to discuss their artwork with visitors.

The Ceramics Program fosters artistic and personal growth. At the elementary level, we introduce hand-building methods, wheel throwing, additional and subtractive sculpting, decoration techniques, glazing theory, firing, and the development of an awareness of clay’s aesthetic properties. Our intermediate and advanced courses encourage students to experiment with clay to discover its unique possibilities and to develop a stronger sense of craftsmanship. In addition, advanced students learn the history of ceramics and expand their understanding of various techniques, while continuing to refine their throwing, glazing and firing skills.

Ceramics students regularly receive awards for their work in local and regional juried competitions and shows.