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Visual Arts

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 processfrom inspiration to idea formulation to final productionand 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.

Video: Upper School Visual Arts Program

The Tools We Work With

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School is blessed with several large, studio classrooms dedicated to the visual arts. These studios are well-stocked with myriad art supplies and equipped with practical and special artistic tools, as well as technology for digital design, photography editing, and 3D printing. The Upper School campus houses a beautiful, naturally-lit art gallery.

Lower School

  • 3D Printers
  • Large Studio Space
  • Accessible art tools and materials
  • Weaving loom
  • Photography & Graphic Design Software
  • Digital photography equipment
  • Ample storage and display space
  • Kilns
  • Smartboards and LCD projectors

Middle School

  • 3D Printers
  • Woodworking tools
  • Printing press
  • Kilns
  • Weaving Loom
  • Slab roller
  • Photography & Graphic Design Software
  • High quality color printer
  • SmartBoards and LCD projectors
  • Library of art books and films
  • Digital photography equipment
  • Library of African American artists

Upper School

  • Kilns
  • Studio storage room
  • Slab roller
  • Pottery wheels
  • Art gallery
  • Vitrines (art pedestals)
  • SmartBoards and LCD projectors
  • Printing press
  • Still life object collection including taxidermy animals
  • Oil painting materials
  • Canvas storing racks
  • Extensive art history library and film collection
  • Digital photography equipment
  • Photography & Graphic Design Software
  • 3D Printers
  • High quality color printer
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is an independent, college-preparatory, coed, day, Episcopal Church School that educates students in junior kindergarten through grade 12. The school consists of three, age-appropriate campuses (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) in Alexandria, Virginia. SSSAS welcomes families of all faiths. We offer challenging academics, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, and championship athletics. SSSAS is regarded as one of the top private schools in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

Lower School

Grades: JK-5
400 Fontaine Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Middle School

Grades: 6-8
4401 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Upper School

Grades: 9-12
1000 St. Stephen's Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304