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Visual Arts

Central to our program is the belief that fluency in art is a way for students to know themselves more deeply while connecting with community and the larger world around them.
Students learn to master the skills and content associated with the elements and principles of art and design; this learning is supported by the contextualization of global art history and studio practice. Each student develops ideas by means of their individual creative process, through which they discover and utilize their authentic expressive voice. We believe that students learn best through tactile exploration with media and tools and that the study of visual art augments other academic study and interdisciplinary collaborations as students learn critical thinking, resilience, and creative expression.

Our Facilities:

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

Berwick Academy Visiting Artists Show 2019-2020

In 2019-2020 three visual artists shared their exceptional talents involving intricate patterns, vibrant colors, and kinetic design with students in all three divisions. Artwork by Jill Pelto, Melissa Rocklen, and Tim Christensen ‘87 was displayed in our gallery in Jackson Library. Enjoy this virtual tour of their work.

Exhibition in the Arts

At Berwick Academy, we value creative work of our student artists, and student art is exhibited both on and off campus. From student work gracing our public spaces, to the more formal exhibitions in the Patricia Baldwin Whipple Arts Center and the Jackson Library Gallery, our students enjoy a number of opportunities to share their work and see the work of others. 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), and community collaborative exhibits.

Visual Arts Faculty

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. 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. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.