The Visual & Performing Arts Department


At The Storm King School, students can pursue precise observational drawing, expressive personal statements, build 3-Dimensional models, or explore the digital realm with photography and design. SKS helps students reach their artistic potential, and learn critical thinking and problem solving skills for the broader academic realm.

Our curriculum is designed to stimulate creativity and enhance visual literacy. Students hang their works throughout the campus, host exhibitions in the larger Cornwall-on-Hudson community, and reproduce their work in the school arts magazine, The Voice.

SKS students follow a traditional art-foundation program. At every step of the way, they are encouraged to explore their own interests and ideas for art-making assignments, whether in watercolors or in graphic design. Studio activities often involve creative problem solving with group projects in sculpture and printmaking while taking advantage of our natural environment. Drawing and composition are emphasized at every level of study, along with the value of constructive criticism. Students receive individual feedback from our accomplished instructors and from classmates through group critiques. In the digital art courses, students gain valuable experience creating graphics for the Visual and Performing Arts department.

For those interested in pursuing visual arts professions, our art teachers and college counselor provide valuable guidance on arts careers and art-school applications. Our advanced courses emphasize portfolio development and students attend National Portfolio Day to meet with college representatives. These students can take college level course work with our AP Studio Art or AP Art History courses.

The Storm King School is a member of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). The Music Arts curriculum features the fundamentals of music in theory and practice. Melody, harmony, rhythm, and form constitute the building blocks. We study ear training, transcription, composition, orchestration, analysis, melody writing, counterpoint, and more, through individual personalized sessions and group seminars. Students read music, compose their own songs, explore different instruments — all in an effort to better understand each student’s personal means of musical expression. Students’ work is performed on both formal and informal concerts and every effort is made to produce near professional recordings. Students have the opportunity to provide soundtracks and may work with dancers, poets, playwrights and more.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in three Theatre productions during the academic year: a full-length play in the fall, our student one-acts in the winter, and a full-length play or musical in the spring. Our productions are held in The Walter Reade, Jr. Theatre, a well-appointed, professional performance space, with seating for 240.

Close proximity to New York City affords us the ability to expose students to exciting Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

Experience in Theatre Arts increases our students’ capability for self-expression and deepens their capacity for self-discovery. Team-work is emphasized in all areas of play production. Classes in theatre production are also offered.

Jeanette Jacobson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Theatre, with a concentration in dance and a minor in creative and professional writing, from Manhattanville College.
She has been trained in acting, dancing, choreography, lighting design, sound design, stagecraft, and directing. She has choreographed many musicals and over 100 original dance pieces, including a thirty minute production focused on dancing with disabilities entitled “I Can’t NOT Dance.”
Mrs. Jacobson has been dancing professionally with Mooney Cooley Dance Company since 2013. Although she loves performing, she feels there is nothing better than seeing her students, learn, perform, and have fun.

Storm King’s Art Department has fully embraced and integrated the world of Media Arts as part of their art course offerings. Students in media arts learn digital graphics, image editing, digital video, web design, and media design utilizing programs inclusive of Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Cs6, Abelton Live, Pro-tools, Garageband and other editing software.

The Media Arts are taught in the well-equipped technology classrooms found in the Vladimir Arts Center. Students often use these media arts skills in conjunction with their academic courses at Storm King, in preparation for higher education, and for many of today’s careers in technology. Students’ annual work includes designing their own web sites, cutting video used on Storm King’s web site, developing presentations for school events and assemblies, creating poster production, and participating at school art shows.

Departmental Overview


Our renowned arts program boasts an accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology, and a broad selection of inspiring and stimulating courses including Studio Art, Ceramics, Photography, Filmmaking, Fashion Design, music, dance, theatre, and much more.

Storm King students enjoy superb facilities which include the 230-seat Walter Reade Jr. Theatre, the Allison Vladimir Art Center, and first-class instruction from a faculty that includes noted contemporary artists.

Our close proximity to New York City enables our students to experience world-renown performers, Broadway shows, and even the eccentric Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show.

Our art program allows beginners to tap wellsprings of creativity they might never have realized they possessed while challenging our artistically gifted students to make the leap from good to great. Storm King student artists attract the attention of some of the world’s top arts colleges including RISD, Parsons, FIT, Pratt, and many others.

Meet the Faculty

Eliza Brown


John Carruthers
Visual Arts Department Chair


Paul Connors


Anne Fulton
Performing Arts Department Chair


Jeanette Perk Jacobson


Dave Kain