Visual Arts

Creatives in the Making

Behind every creative professional is a young person who was inspired to express his or her thoughts, ideas and feelings with visual arts. Study in the arts, both fine and digital, provides an intellectual challenge and the opportunity for hands-on engagement in a creative discipline. Through problem-solving and personal expression, students hone critical thinking skills, celebrate multiple and diverse perspectives, and learn to communicate their ideas.

Upper School Visual Arts

Our Upper School program offers both breadth and depth of study in various artistic disciplines so that each student can find and develop his or her unique voice. Developing an aesthetic sense, taking risks with creative expression, and understanding the visual world inspires our students. They are immersed in art experiences and activities that are designed to foster original thinking while exploring many different mediums. 

Classes include:
  • Visual Arts Principles
  • Drawing (I, II, & AP)
  • Painting
  • Ceramics (I & II)
  • Sculpture (I & II)
  • Intro to Architecture
  • AP 2-D Design
  • AP 3-D Design
  • Digital Arts 1
  • Digital Media
  • Book Design & Yearbook Publishing

Middle School Visual Arts

Art classes in our Middle School offer an introduction to the elements and principles of art in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional formats. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of traditional and digital media while exploring artistic themes within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Every project includes a component of self-reflection as our students learn to communicate their unique ideas to each other and make broader connections to the world around them.

Lower School Visual Arts

Innovation is borne out of identifying patterns, learning from mistakes and envisioning solutions. Our Lower School students are introduced to a wide variety of art media and learn about art history all while creating masterpieces of their own. Through arts education, we empower young learners with self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, creativity, and emotional expression, as well as social harmony and an appreciation for diversity.

At Severn, the arts are introduced at the Preschool level because we feel they provide students with unique opportunities to engage their creativity in a hands-on manner. Thus begins the process of creating a culturally aware person. 

Visual Arts Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Mrs. Mary Ellen Carsley 

    US Art; US Visual Arts Coordinator; Gallery Coordinator; US Natl. Art Honor Society
    410.647.7701 x 2310
    Johns Hopkins University - M.A.
    Catholic University of America - B.A. & B.S.
  • Mrs. Jonnie Friedman 

    Preschool through 5th Grade Art Teacher; Lower School Renaissance Art Teacher
    410.647.7701 x2021
    Kansas State University - B.S.
  • Ms. Cassandra Kapsos 

    US Photo and Digital Arts; Yearbook Advisor; US Photo Club Advisor
    410.647.7701 ext. 2424
    Maryland Institute College of Arts - MFA
    School of Visual Arts, NY - MA
    Missouri State University - BA
  • Mr.  Skip Sensbach 

    US 3-D Art; Ass't Coach, Cross Country; Advisor, US Art Club
    Kean Univeristy - BFA
    Marywood University - MFA
  • Mrs. Yehee Shin 

    MS Art; Advisor; Ass't Coach, MS Cross Country
    Maryland Institute College of Art - MAT
    Maryland Institute College of Art - BA

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146