Visual Arts

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. 

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Visual Arts Curriculum

Meet the Visual Arts Faculty

John Carruthers

Department Chair

B.A., Fordham University
M.Ed., Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities, Mercy College
M.F.A., New York Academy of Art

Tara Finneran

Arts Faculty

 M.A., Contemporary Art Education, New York University
B.F.A., University of New York at Purchase