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Exceptional Art Education from Preschool through High School

Sanford School students bring their always-fresh perspectives to an extensive variety of projects and experiences in our well-stocked art studios, immersing themselves in art as viewers, creators, and participants. From drawing and painting to sculpture and photography—and guided by exceptional teachers—our students plumb their innate creativity as they express their unique points of view.

Making connections through art

We continually refresh our Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School curriculum, always incorporating different media, styles, techniques, and processes. Students learn to understand art in a historical and cultural context and make connections between the visual arts and other disciplines, such as the sciences, social studies, math, English, and technology. They explore, discover, solve problems, and make informed decisions, which expand both their creativity and their critical-thinking skills.
 
As they describe and broaden their personal worlds through their artwork, a wide range of subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expressions become relevant to them, building their visual literacy skills and self-confidence as they create. Students do all this with impressive, often delightfully unpredictable results.

As you walk around campus, you’ll see these vibrant, thoughtful creations that make us and our students very proud.

Visual Arts News:

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  • Sanford's Yearbook Earns First Place Award

    It is not an easy task to compile a yearbook that accurately and creatively captures student life on a busy preschool–12 campus, but since the school’s inception, Sanford’s Chrysalis has done just that. The 2019 edition was recently awarded a prestigious First Place award by the American Scholastic Press Association. Additionally, yearbooks are judged in five distinct categories, and Chrysalis earned an incredible perfect score for Content Presentation.
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  • Fifth Graders Honored for Sharing their Vision of a Better World

    Simon Eye Associates recently sponsored its first-ever art contest to bring attention to May’s designation as Healthy Vision Month. Using a clever play on words, the local provider of comprehensive adult and pediatric eye care asked artists of all ages to create their own vision for a better world. “I am very selective about the contests I encourage my students to enter,” shared visual arts instructor Nina Silverman-Weeks, “but I liked the concept, and I found the play on words intriguing. My fifth and sixth-grade students entered their work for consideration, along with a few seventh and eighth graders.”
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  • Middle School Artist Earns Award

    Molly Handloff ’24 was recently selected by Artsonia as its 7th–9th grade Artist of the Week for her piece entitled “Individual.” During the contest, Handloff received an astounding 728 online votes. As a result, Handloff will be awarded a special plaque and a $50 prize. Her teacher, Nina Silverman-Weeks will receive a $100 gift certificate for classroom supplies and materials.
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Artsonia

Visit the Sanford School page on the Artsonia website to view artwork created by our students. More than 3,000 archived works and hundreds from this school year, created by kindergarten through eighth-grade students, are featured in the gallery.

Do you need help?

If you have questions or need help using the site, send an email to webhelp@sanfordschool.org.