The arts are integrated into our lifestyle, with studios located throughout our campus. Display cases and galleries for both student and professional work decorate our halls and buildings. Artwork by alumni/ae can be found throughout Vermont Academy.
The Visual Arts department takes pride in the wide variety of visual arts offered, which include pottery, filmmaking, painting, black and white film photography, and many more.
The main art studio is located in the Lucy Athletic Complex. It is home to our traditional visual arts classes, including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculptural options. This studio features a beautiful view of campus with magnificent light. Throughout the year the art department offers field trips to a wide range of museums, galleries, and historical sites.
The pottery studio is located in the basement of Proctor Hall. This space is equipped with six potter’s wheels, a professional-sized gas reduction kiln, and a large working space.
A fully equipped darkroom for traditional black and white film photography is located in Jones Hall, along with classroom space and a room dedicated to film developing. In black and white film photography classes, students learn the subtleties of operating a manual 35mm SLR camera, the process of developing film and printing photographs, and the history of photography and significance of visual literacy in our culture today. Cameras are available for loan to students.
For those students pursuing the highest levels of art, our Advanced Art class focuses on portfolio development and understanding art school options. Students travel to Portfolio Day in either Hartford or Boston and attend presentations by visiting colleges.
All our arts faculty encourage their students to enter juried competitions. Each spring, the school sponsors a competition open to all seniors for an art purchase for our permanent alumni collection, with a $250 prize going to the winning student.