St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School offers a comprehensive JK-12 arts education. Starting in the Lower School, grades JK through 5, the program focuses on student awareness of and sensitivity to lines, colors, shapes, design, and textures in the environment. Students work on both two- and three-dimensional projects and gain experience in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, and photography. Faculty members encourage personal expression and emphasize the artistic process rather than focus on the finished product.
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 elective visual arts program in the Upper School builds on their knowledge of and experience with the elements of art and principles of design. As they delve more deeply into two- and three-dimentional media, their creations become more complex, unique, and self-expressive. Students learn to research, plan, and execute individualized projects as well as work collaboratively on the creation of group projects. They are encouraged to enter art competitions and submit their work to Upper School literary and arts magazine, Fire & Stones.