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Visual Arts

Ceramics, Sculpture, and Studio Arts


St. Markers are encouraged to explore their artistic side.

While some students come to the school with extensive visual arts experience, others have never picked up a paintbrush before. All learn in a dynamic setting to develop their observational skills and a personal voice through a variety of media.

Courses range from the introductory level in sculpture, ceramics and studio art, through the advanced level in studio art and ceramics. Some students elect to pursue a single topic or medium in depth through independent study once they have completed basic courses. Many students prepare portfolios as part of their application to liberal arts colleges or to specialized art schools such as RISD, University of Chicago, and SMFA at Tufts. The courses are demanding; the atmosphere is collaborative and supportive.

On canvas or paper, using a potter’s wheel or a camera, St. Markers are encouraged to give free rein to their artistic side, and to bring a critical and appreciative eye to the world around them.


From the Classroom

I chose St. Mark's because of the fantastic arts programs. I want to be a designer, so I started my own design club on campus. You have the chance here to try so many things."

Carrick Zhu '18

Diploma Requirements

Incoming III and IV Formers are required to take a one-year course, or two consecutive years of participation in the St. Mark’s choir, orchestra, or jazz ensembles.

Incoming V Formers are required to take a one-semester course (options include Studio I, Theater, or Music Studio).

Students line up artwork in a print class.
Students are provided feedback by their art teacher in class.
Visual artwork of seals swimming in the ocean created by a St Marks student.
Students in sculpture class.
A small visual art class gathers to receive feedback on their projects.
Ms. Belt assists a student with their sculpture.