The visual art curriculum at Prep takes as its starting point our students’ natural desire for self-expression and personal exploration.
While we stress high artistic standards, our primary goal is to encourage students to experiment and explore the many media available to artists. Our art faculty are practicing Santa Fe artists who have a passion for teaching. Our facility, housed in a recently renovated building that was once the architectural studio of the renowned architect John Gaw Meem, offers a state-of-the-art photography darkroom, shooting rooms, and digital photo facilities. In our ceramics wing, students practice the techniques of hand-building and wheel throwing; experiment with high and low-fired glazes and raku. A large, light-filled room is dedicated to figure drawing, and a smaller, adjacent room houses our full-sized etching press.
The performing arts are a vital part of our students’ educational program, both in the Middle and Upper Schools. A variety of electives allow students to explore theatre, music, singing, theory, and technique. Non-performance classes include stagecraft, world music and politics, and ethnicity in American music. All students have the opportunity to perform in annual drama and musical productions, and informally during forums and assemblies; our students also participate in all-state band and chorus, and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest Arts Festival. Learn more at sfprep.org