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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:

List of 3 news stories.

  • Sanford Junior Named Young Artists Award Winner

    Ava McCoy-Johnson '22 received a second place award in Next Page Ink's first young writers and artists competition for her portrait entitled “Move,” in acrylic paint with vibrant splashes of color. The abstract background was developed with a squeegee technique, and the portrait was created using a palette knife.
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  • Students Honored in Scholastic Art Awards Competition

    Several Sanford students are being honored for their creativity and talent in the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards competition. The program, which is open to seventh through twelfth-grade students, is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for students in this age group.
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  • Sanford Soars in Scholastic Competition, Two Students Win National Awards

    Since 1923, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, a nonprofit organization, has partnered with Scholastic, Inc. to present the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The mission of this group, as stated on their website, is "to recognize the vision, ingenuity, and talent of the nation’s youth and provide opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated." For decades, Sanford students have earned numerous awards at the regional, and sometimes, at the national levels. 2020 is no exception, as Finley Anderson '24 earned a National Gold Key Award for her photograph "Lost in a Dream." Additionally, "Caught in the Mess," a photograph by Cecilia Gao '24, earned a National Silver Key Award.
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List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Maria Tate

    Maria Tate 

    Visual Arts Chair and Instructor
  • Photo of Tara Giordano

    Tara Giordano 

  • Photo of Rachel Glickman

    Rachel Glickman 

  • Photo of Nina Silverman-Weeks

    Nina Silverman-Weeks 

    Visual Arts Instructor


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.

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