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Visual Arts

Student artworks are displayed within each division and highlighted through art exhibitions organized throughout the school year.

EXPLORE the Arts

Creating through appreciation

Portledge School encourages all students to embrace creative expression while developing an understanding of artistic conventions and the use of tools and materials while working in the art studio. An appreciation for, and understanding of, the importance of art and creativity is a focal point of our curriculum. Our passionate and accomplished team of art teachers seeks to strike a balance of shared constructive criticism and individual motivation to help each student achieve the highest levels of creative excellence in their work. Student artworks are displayed within each division and highlighted through art exhibitions organized throughout the school year.

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Lower School

    The visual arts play an essential role in the Lower School curriculum. Young children are encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of media, techniques, and materials as they stretch their thinking, develop their craft, and reflect upon their creative work. The art teacher encourages students to observe closely, reach beyond their preconceived abilities, take risks, and become independent thinkers. Students learn through active participation in the creative process and participate in visual arts classes beginning in Early Childhood. Our art curriculum includes explorations in drawing, painting, design, woodworking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and mixed media.
  • Middle School

    Middle School students rotate between studio, wood, sculpture, and photography classes during the school year. Art experiences are designed to deepen each student’s understanding of fundamental art concepts, including the elements and principles of art, and to implement the core skills needed to be successful in art. The development of strong observational skills, artistic techniques, and compositional design are emphasized through a variety of drawing, sculpture, and mixed media experiences.
  • Upper School

    Upper School students have the opportunity to further develop their creative competencies through the visual arts program. Students may elect to enroll in specific art electives offered during 10th through 12th Grade. Current art electives include IB Yr. 1, IB Yr. 2, Filmmaking, Advanced Portfolio, Photography/Media, Architecture, Sculpture, Graffiti Art, and Ceramics.


List of 4 members.

  • Photo of John Greene

    John Greene 

    Portledge School
    Department Head, Visual Arts
    (516) 750-3143
  • Photo of Doris Benter

    Doris Benter 

    Portledge School
    Department Chair - LS Specials / Teacher
    (516) 750-3113
  • Photo of Gerard Krause

    Gerard Krause 

    Portledge School
    (516) 750-3178
  • Photo of Patrick Myers

    Patrick Myers 

    Portledge School
    Assistant Dean of Students for Middle School / Teacher
    (516) 750-3179
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