The Lower School

The JK-12 visual arts program is a cumulative and comprehensive approach to creative development. Students observe the world around them and manipulate tools and materials to communicate ideas visually. The personal growth of each student as an artist is encouraged through observation, reflection, interpretation, and expression of ideas. Students are exposed to a plethora of creative possibilities, including the artistic output of individuals and cultures worldwide so that they may learn, as well, through the artistic expression of others. Students learn to find and make connections among art and all other disciplines. Ultimately, they value originality and self-discovery through the creative process.

The Middle School

In the Middle School, students are exposed to a range of art materials and techniques in order to further their understandings of the elements and principles of design. As they explore a wide variety of media, the skills of observation, craftsmanship, problem-solving, and individual creative expression are promoted. Students begin to analyze and understand their own creative process—from inspiration to idea formulation to final production—and to account for the role that materials as well as ideas play in the creative process.

The Upper School

At the Upper School, students are encouraged to take foundational classes that expose them to a variety of media before pursuing more advanced areas of study. Upper School faculty stress the importance of developing technical skill as well as personal voice through in-depth study into a variety of media. We offer courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, wood, metal and stone sculpture, jewelry, digital and media arts, as well as opportunities to collaborate across disciplines. Projects are designed to maximize creative problem solving, meaning-making, and collaboration. From introductory classes to advanced, students are encouraged to submit their work for exhibition and publication, as well as document their progress through visual journals.

Gaining Confidence

Each year many of our Upper School artists participate in a variety of art competitions. We believe each student who enters is a winner. The act of entering a competition requires time and reflection, a process that helps them to identify, establish, and find their voices and artistic concepts. Displaying their work to others allows them to see beyond their personal visions and gives them the opportunity to view their works from an outside perspective.

During the past three years, Saints have participated in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Regionally, 43 of our student artists have been awarded 15 Gold Keys, 29 Silver Keys, and 50 Honorable Mentions. One Gold Key winner who advanced to the national competition won a national Silver Key. They have also entered the Alexandria All City High School Art Exhibition, where they have received awards for the Best Digital Design, Sculpture, Ceramic, 2D Art, Mixed Media, and Best of School; and they have placed in the Annual Congressional Art Competition and the Best of the Independent Schools Art Competition.  
Design thinking empowers students to understand and solve complex problems through creativity and innovation.

Fire & Stones

View the most recent issues of our Upper School student literary and art magazine:

Lower School Visual Arts Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Mrs. Anne Ross 

    Lower School Visual Arts Teacher, Grades 3-5
    703-212-2842
  • Ms. Jade Xia 

    Lower School Visual Arts Teacher, Grades JK-2
    (703) 212-2823

Middle School Visual Arts Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Mr. Thomas Bunnell 

    Visual Arts Teacher, Middle School
    703-212-2889
  • Mrs. Victoria Calabrese 

    Middle School Art Teacher and Library Assistant
    703-212-2789
  • Ms. Katherine Towle 

    Middle School Visual Arts Teacher
    (703) 212-2901

Upper School Visual Arts Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Ms. Katherine Elkins 

    Visual Arts Department Chair, Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
    703-212-2930
  • Mr. Joseph Wade 

    Upper School Visual Arts Teacher (3D Art)
    703-212-2864