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
  • B&W Photography

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. Starting in preschool, 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. 

Visual Arts Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Mary Ellen Carsley

    Mrs. Mary Ellen Carsley 

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

    Mrs. Jonnie Friedman 

    LS Art Teacher; Lower School Renaissance Art Teacher
    410.647.7701 ext. 2021
    Kansas State University - B.S.
  • Photo of Kristin Johnson

    Ms. Kristin Johnson 

    US Art; Yearbook Advisor
    410.647.7701 ext. 2424
    Maryland Institute College of Art - BFA
    Maryland Institute College of Art - MA
  • Photo of Skip Sensbach

    Mr.  Skip Sensbach 

    US 3-D Art; Ass't Coach, Cross Country; Advisor, US Art Club
    410.647.7701 ext. 2234
    Kean Univeristy - BFA
    Marywood University - MFA
  • Photo of Madison Schoeberlein

    Ms. Madison Schoeberlein 

    MS Art; Coach, MS Basketball
    410.647.7701 ext. 2516
    Goucher College - MA
    St. Lawrence University - 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