Shipley’s fine arts program promotes mastery of technique and encourages students to understand art on multiple levels. Our curriculum builds sequentially from Pre-K through 12th grade.
In art, students explore a wide variety of media. As they develop techniques, they gain important perceptual and analytical skills and find a healthy balance between rigorous proficiency and self-expression.
Shipley students from Pre-K through 9th grade take art class twice a week. After 9th grade, art is an elective. More than one-third of 10th- through 12th-grade students continue with art as a major course.
Preparing for College – AP Studio Art provides a comprehensive preparation for college art programs. In recent years, Shipley art students have been accepted into art and design programs at top colleges, including Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, Syracuse University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Tyler, and Washington University, among others.
Art Faculty – Our art faculty includes seven art teachers, most with art school master’s degrees. Several are also working artists who exhibit in galleries in Philadelphia, New York, and Europe.
Field Trips – All grades take field trips to museums in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. In alternate years, The Upper School Art Department offers students a spring break trip to Italy to study Renaissance art and architecture.
- Student work is exhibited regularly on campus and included in school publications.
- “Arts Nights” in each division celebrate student efforts each year.
- The Speer Gallery, on the Upper School campus, exhibits work of professional artists, as well as that of our own senior art majors and alumni.
- Student art work has been exhibited off-campus at the Inquirer Gallery, Montgomery County Community College, the Main Line Center of the Arts, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the Inter-School Art Exhibition.
Awards – Shipley students’ art work continually wins prizes in juried shows such as the Montgomery County High School Art Competition and Montco High School Student Show. It also appears in a variety of publications.