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Visual Arts

Central to our program is the belief that fluency in art allows students to know themselves more deeply while connecting with the community and the larger world.
Students learn to master the skills and content associated with the elements and principles of art and design; the contextualization of global art history and studio practice supports this learning. Each student develops ideas using their creative process, discovering and utilizing their authentic expressive voice. At Berwick, we know that students learn best through tactile exploration with media and tools and that our students learn critical thinking, resilience, and creative expression.

Our Facilities:

The Visual Art Department uses five multi-media art studios for students in Pre-K through Grade 12, two additional 3D studios, and a hot room for clay and metalsmithing. Digital art classes and photography are taught in the Inspiration Commons and utilize the Digital Design Classroom and the Fabrication Studio.

Exhibition in the Arts

At Berwick Academy, we value the creative work of our student artists, and student art is exhibited both on and off campus. Our students enjoy several opportunities to share their work and see the work of others; we display student art throughout our buildings and public spaces, as well as the more formal exhibitions in our gallery spaces in the Patricia Baldwin Whipple Arts Center and the Jackson Library Gallery. Students may participate in large shows such as the Annual Student Art Show and the Senior Studio Art Exhibit. Additionally, student work may be selected for the Art around Campus, a rotating exhibition of framed student work which graces our public spaces on campus. Off campus, our students are regularly involved in exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art (Youth Art Month), Maine College of Art (Scholastics Regional Art Exhibit), the Barn Gallery (Ogunquit, ME), and community collaborative exhibits.

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 550 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 and Post-Graduates. Berwick students are from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and several countries. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.