Studio Arts

Sharing your vision of the world is a daily practice in the studio.

Through the lens of a camera, the stroke of a brush, or the spin of the potter’s wheel, Pomfret students use the visual arts to communicate beyond words and numbers. In a program created and guided by accomplished artists, you will discover and develop your ability to translate a creative impulse into a compelling visual expression.

Painting & Drawing

The Painting and Drawing studio is a place to explore and experiment. Students have access to the space at all times. The curriculum is project based, using a wide range of materials and methods, and includes a sequence of courses from introductory to college level. The program also includes gallery opportunities on and off campus, guest artists and the chance to study abroad. Artists of all levels will find this studio both welcoming and challenging.

Sculpture & Ceramics

The Sculpture and Ceramics studio seeks to give students a hands-on experience in creating three-dimensional form, whether it is working on hand built projects using clay or making functional ware on the potter’s wheel. Reductive sculpture, additive work assemblage, casting in plaster and glass, and site-specific work are all included in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to pursue and develop their master of a variety of techniques to realize their own vision of three-dimensional form.

Darkroom Photography

The Photography studio teaches skills and encourages experimentation in both darkroom and digital photography. By giving students the opportunity to learn a wide range of techniques for image-making, Pomfret photographers posses the knowledge and skill to realize their own unique perspectives. From pinhole cameras to advanced mastery of Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign, students will find a curriculum that is thoughtful, skill-based, and comprehensive.

Adv. Ind. Sculpture and Ceramics

OFFERED: fall, winter, and spring terms

This course allows an experienced and motivated student to choose a direction or theme for projects of their own choosing. The student may work on the potter's wheel on one specific form or many forms. The choice to work on one large piece of reductive sculpture or many smaller forms in a variety of media will be left entirely up to the student. The goals of this term course will be developed by the student with guidance and supervision of the instructor. Approval by the instructor is required for enrollment.


Adv. Studio Art: Painting and Drawing

OFFERED: yearlong

The Advanced Painting and Drawing class is geared toward dedicated, responsible, creative and self-motivated students with strong drawing and painting skills. The students are expected to have an understanding and a command of a variety of different rendering techniques. Students are expected to challenge themselves and experiment with the materials they use. They must complete all their artworks to the best of their ability and be able to explain the inspiration behind their works. Grading is based on attendance, classroom performance, time management, and creativity. As advanced students they are also expected to spend time outside of class time in the studio, and participate in all figure drawing sessions. The goal of this class is to successfully complete a portfolio that clearly showcases the artist's creative abilities. Approval by the instructor is required for enrollment. Fee: $125.00 per term


Func Forms on Potter's Wheel I

OFFERED: see Sculpture and Ceramics - General for more information

The focus of this class will be the creation of functional forms on the potter’s wheel: mastery of fundamental techniques and the appreciation and understanding of artistry and functional design will be stressed. Students will be encouraged to develop a style or concentrate on mastering a specific form. We will experiment with different methods of glazing and firing as well as introducing the concept of combining thrown and cast elements. Exhibition of selected works is required for credit in this term course. Various completed projects and assignments may be included in an individual’s portfolio. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sculpture and Ceramics I & II or with approval by the instructor.


Func Forms on Potter's Wheel II

OFFERED: see Sculpture and Ceramics - General for more information

In addition to creating more complicated forms on the potter’s wheel, students will focus more of their attention on decorating and glazing in this course. Students will be asked to combine hand built and thrown forms as well as altering thrown forms. Pursuing a particular individual direction in a series of works will be encouraged. Exhibition of selected works is required for credit in this trimester course. Various completed projects and assignments may be included in an individual’s portfolio. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sculpture and Ceramics I & II and Functional Forms on the Potter’s Wheel I or with approval by the instructor.


Honors Painting and Drawing

OFFERED: yearlong

The Honors Painting and Drawing is designed for responsible, creative and self-motivated students with strong drawing and painting skills. In this yearlong class students will work under the tutelage of four to six guest artists. These professional artists will share their passion for the arts, and work alongside the students for a two-week session. Grading is based on attendance, classroom performance, creativity, and productivity. Students are expected to complete all pieces to the best of their abilities, and be able to explain the inspiration behind their works. Prerequisite: Intermediate Painting & Drawing and Intermediate Painting and Drawing II to be considered for this course or with approval by the instructor. Fee: $125.00 per term

Honors Sculpture and Ceramics

OFFERED: fall, winter and spring terms

The honors level sculpture and ceramics course is for students who have acquired knowledge and expertise in a number of sculptural media and wish to explore a specific medium or style in depth. This course is for students who wish to hone their skills and capacity for communicating ideas three dimensionally. Students will be asked to develop an idea or concept through a variety of techniques and in a variety of media. The goal of the course is to help students develop and demonstrate excellence and mastery of the techniques used in the execution of an idea or concept. Students will be expected to complete up to six pieces a term which may necessitate studio work in addition to regularly scheduled class time. Approval by the instructor is required for enrollment.


Intermediate Painting & Drawing

OFFERED: see Painting and Drawing - General for more information

In the Intermediate Painting and Drawing class, students are presented with a challenging topic which they are required to depict visually. They will experiment with a range of mediums and create original pieces through various painting and drawing techniques. All projects are completed in class, but the students are encouraged to use the studio outside of class time. Intermediate Painting and Drawing students are expected to display strong drawing skills and think outside of the box. Students are graded on attendance, productivity, and effort. Fee: $125.00 per term

Intermediate Painting & Drawing II

OFFERED: see Painting and Drawing - General for more information

The Intermediate Painting and Drawing II class is designed for responsible, creative and self‐motivated students with good drawing and painting skills. Students are expected to have an understanding of the human figure, color, composition, and the use of different mediums. Each student works on independent projects chosen either by themselves or in collaboration with the painting instructor. Students are expected to keep a personal sketchbook and are encouraged to challenge themselves and experiment with materials. Grading is based on attendance, classroom performance, creativity, time management, and productivity. Students are expected to complete all pieces to the best of their abilities and be able to explain the inspiration behind their works. Students are also encouraged to spend time in the studio outside of classroom time. Prerequisite: Intermediate Painting & Drawing or be approved by the instructor. Fee: $125.00 per term

Intro to Painting & Drawing I

OFFERED: see Painting and Drawing - General for more information

In the Intro to Painting and Drawing class students learn basic drawing and rendering skills. They are given projects that teach them how to look. Students work from still life and photographs, and experiment with several drawing and coloring techniques. They will learn to transfer images to scale using a grid system. By the end of the term, each student completes numerous pieces in a variety of sizes, styles, and mediums. Students are encouraged to push the media by developing a unique and creative relationship with it. All projects are completed in the art studio. Grades are based on attendance, and classroom performance. Fee: $125.00 per term

Intro to Painting & Drawing II

OFFERED: see Painting and Drawing - General for more information

The Intro to Painting and Drawing II course, while including a review of basic drawing skills, is designed to introduce students to a variety of drawing, painting and rendering techniques. Each assignment is an introduction a new medium and/or material. All projects are completed in class, but the studio is always open for them to use outside of class time. Grades are based on attendance, and classroom performance. Fee: $125.00 per term


Intro to Sculpture & Ceramics I

OFFERED: see Sculpture and Ceramics - General for more information

Students will be introduced to the basic elements of design and will work with clay exclusively. Basic hand building techniques will be taught and students will create a variety of sculptural and functional forms. Glazing and decorating techniques will be explored, and students will learn how ceramic objects are fired in kilns. Assignments will be functional, sculptural and conceptual and emphasis will be placed on the importance of detail and fine artisanry. Students will be encouraged to develop individual styles and ideas. Assignments and projects will help students begin to construct a portfolio. Exhibition of selected works is required to earn credit in this course.

Intro to Sculpture & Ceramics II

OFFERED: see Sculpture and Ceramics - General for more information

Students will continue the investigation of three-dimensional form and the elements of design begun in Introduction to Sculpture and Ceramics 1, but the focus of this class will be on reductive sculpture. A variety of media will be introduced and projects will be both figurative and non-figurative. Students will be encouraged to approach assignments with the goal of developing individual styles, ideas and adding to their portfolios. Exhibition of selected works is required to earn credit in this course.


Painting and Drawing - General

OFFERED: fall, winter, and spring terms

Any student wanting to enroll in Painting and Drawing (other than Advanced or Honors) should sign up without indicating a specific course level. Once the term begins, the teacher and the student will together establish the level which best corresponds to that student's ability (see individual course descriptions). That course title will appear on his/her transcript. Fee: $125.00 per term




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