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.

Fine Arts

List of 4 items.

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.

Meet the Team

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Steven Baris

    Steven Baris 

    Middle and Upper School Art Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4138
  • Photo of Bonnie Goldstein

    Bonnie Goldstein 

    Lower School Art Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4739
  • Photo of Christine Greenwood

    Christine Greenwood 

    Middle and Upper School Art Teacher, Director of Student Publications
    Phone/Extension: 4191
  • Photo of Charles Hanna

    Charles Hanna 

    Middle and Upper School Art Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4178
  • Photo of Tania O'Donnell

    Tania O'Donnell 

    Middle and Upper School Art Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4198
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.