“All children are born artists. The problem is how to remain artists once we grow up.”
“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
—Sir Ken Robinson
The Visual Arts Program at Pingry is designed to foster the development of aesthetic insights and appreciation of the arts through wide exposure, critical examination, and age appropriate curriculum. Pingry strives to develop in our students a lasting appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts. Our program is carefully designed to encourage students to find their personal voices through our extensive, supportive, confidence building, and skill building arts curriculum. Our faculty is made up of practicing artists who share a vision, and are devoted to modeling the habits of mind that we strive to instill in our students.
The Lower campus utilizes two recently renovated studios, and, at the Basking Ridge campus, the Visual Arts are housed in the state-of-the-art Hostetter Arts Center completed in 2003. In addition, the Upper School Photography and Middle School studio labs are located in the main campus building.
Through the Hostetter Gallery program, Pingry hosts master artists’ exhibitions and visiting artists on campus throughout the year. Pingry annually sponsors an area wide Photography Exhibition that includes student works from 14 independent and public schools. To further reinforce the Arts curriculum, presenting ever changing exhibitions of student work is a major priority of our program, in order to involve the entire community in the study of the arts. Student work is continuously on view throughout both campuses. All aspects of the the preK-12 program and our facilities serve as a dynamic environment to nurture the artistic lives of our students.