Visual Arts

You can change the world – one brush stroke at a time.

Becoming a fine artist is so much more than going through the motions. It’s about finding one’s own way of seeing and experiencing the world and mastering the techniques to share that vision.

Steward’s visual arts program introduces students to opportunities for self-expression by working with many media to create projects. The breadth and depth of the program offer opportunities for students at all levels from beginning to advanced.

Lower School

Twice a week, students have art instruction that corresponds to the units of study in the classroom. In the Lower School, students learn the basics—from the elements of art to the principles of design. Through this understanding, they are able to create art that is both expressive and visually pleasing. Student artwork is displayed year-round in the hallways and dining commons of the Lower School.

Middle School

In Middle School, students continue to develop the skills acquired in the Lower School. Students learn to critique their own work and the work of others. Sixth graders rotate through academic quarters of art, choral music, instrumental music, and theatre, while seventh and eighth graders choose the full-year fine arts elective that best allows them to express themselves. Visual art classes in the Middle School cover sketching, watercolor, printmaking, sculpture, 3-D arts, ceramics, and photography.

Upper School

Upper School students are able to explore the visual arts through photography, digital photography, videography, media studies, and studio art. Steward artists regularly display their work on campus, at community art shows, and at local businesses.

The Upper School art program exposes students to different mediums and creative processes. As students learn additional techniques, creative self-expression is encouraged through projects and class assignments. Studio Art allows students to delve into advanced painting and drawing, 3-D art, design and visual thinking, visual literacy, perceptual awareness, and portfolio creation. Courses are designed to introduce students to art, as well as to prepare advanced art students for a collegiate experience.

Upper School photography students learn to create compelling photographs and develop a strong visual aesthetic. Course topics include image composition, dynamic range, and digital imaging techniques. In addition, students develop their skills in Adobe Photoshop and similar software programs, while gaining an understanding of the digital photography industry.

Steward’s graphic design program combines leading-edge technology with a classical foundation in art history, design theory, and critical thinking. Students gain an understanding of visual literacy and an appreciation of photography as an expressive fine arts medium.


Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15


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