AP Art History and the general Art History course, which is required of all of our students for graduation, are also taught under the auspices of the Arts Department. AP Art History is taught as part of unique course, Creative Spirit, which is a combination of art and music history. This class allows our students to gain a greater appreciation for the relationship between various arts and to understand the role of the arts in civilizations across time.The Visual Arts program at Wyoming Seminary is designed to serve various levels of abilities from beginners to the serious student who will study art in college. Our Drawing and Design course gives the student an introduction to the elements of art and design and prepares them for advanced courses of study in the arts. Courses in Advanced Drawing, Figure Drawing, two and three Dimensional Design, Painting, Printmaking, and two courses in Ceramics comprise the next level of study within the department. AP Studio is the highest level of study in the department; we offer classes in both the drawing and design portfolios allowing our students to take two years of this challenging course. As part of this course, the students meet one night a week for two to three hours to work on specific visual problems, or use studio time to complete artworks for their portfolios.
Our students have attended some of the most competitive art programs in the nation at both art schools and four-year colleges and universities. Our students have been accepted at the Maryland Institute College of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Pratt, Parsons/The New School for Design, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, The University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Moore College of Art and Design, Ringling School of Art and Design, Syracuse University, Boston University, Alfred Universities School of Ceramics and many others.
At the Lower School, primary teachers include visual art projects in lessons about apples and Zimbabwe and everything in between. The renowned second-grade art curriculum is a yearlong exploration of the Impressionists. This unit enriches math, social studies, English, reading, spelling and science lessons as the children immerse themselves in the era and the artists. A concluding gala creates the atmosphere of an art gallery opening.
Middle School artists explore various media and contribute their paintings, sculptures, weavings and drawings to the annual all-school art show in May.