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Visual Arts

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Photography

Picture of central park in the rain with young boy on scooter, riding by photographer.
Image of colorful, blurry city lights
Side view image of pink flower with some downturned petals
Image of girl smiling at the camera with her hair flipped up
Image of girls flipping hair up
Image of sunset shot in reflection of car side mirror.
Image of pomegranate on black background
Image of pine cone in the forest
Close up image of slinky
Black and white image of bicycle rack with shadows.
Silhouette of girl slightly illuminated by blue light outlining her head.
Image of bicycle sculptures with red light blaring in a city landscape
Black and white image of children's swing set.
Girls sitting back to back and looking away
Mixed media image of a man sitting in a restaurant, alone
Black and white image of girl looking at reflection and reflection looking back at her
Black and white image of full-petaled flowers.
Image of burnt light bulbs
Image of hand reaching out of a hedge, close to touching another hedge
Black and white image of overlapping lines at a considerable depth
Image of men waiting at a food stand in a city at night
Black and white picture of man sitting and reading a book beside large bags of spices

Clay Working and Sculpture

Abstract metal sculpture outside on campus
Bubbling red vase with gray splatters.
Tall, navy and black vase
Striped, wide ceramic vases
Geometric, metallic sculpture outside on campus
Tall, orange vase with gray crystal formations.
Sculpture of ambiguous face.
Five ceramic vases with neutral tones
Red, abstract sculpture piece
Abstract, orange sculpture piece.
Abstract yellow sculpture sitting on top of a piece of wood.
Abstract sculpture.
Sculpture of person with wings made with metal.
Orange plate with three cartoon portraits of woman crying.
Sculptures of man's upper body and torso without head or hands.
White vase with black tree imagery.
Sculpture of desert animal skull
Tall and skinny necked, gradient vase
Intentionally corroded vase with gray background and colorful accents.
Geometric vase with abstract piece on opening.
Intentionally corroded vase with skinny neck.
Tall, red and blue, ceramic vase
Sculpture of a 3D circle with bones and skulls.
Geometric metallic sculpture
Sculpture of predatory bird on top of a stump
Sculpture of hands on top of a vase
Intentionally crumbling ceramic vases that resemble gourds.

Architecture

3D, computer generated rendering of ice hockey complex made by architecture student
3D sculpture of hexagons and pyramids made with colored tin foil.
3D sculpture of robot made with tin foil.
Computer generated 3D rendering of abstract piece

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Painting and Drawing

Painting of sunbathers on the beach.
Painted portrait of girl looking at viewer with degrading words written on top of her and the background.
Painting of couple walking under a red umbrella in Paris with Eiffel Tower behind them.
Sketched portrait of man staring intensely.
Mixed media piece of fishbowl being dumped out.
Mixed media painting of man holding arm up.
Painting of woman with head piece sitting
Mixed media piece of person walking.
Painting of lion head with patterns over it.
Colorful painting of lion head wearing a top hat
Sketched portrait of girl smiling at camera
Sketched portrait of man looking at camera
Sketched portrait of Sage Dining chef
Sketched portrait of woman holding hat.
Abstract painting with blue background and orange hued waves with white vertical lines
Sketched portrait of woman smiling at camera
Portrait of singer Brendon Urie
Pencil drawing of human/dragon eye with scales
Painting of man imitating %22hear no evil%22 hand gesture.
Sketch of skull of desert animal with branch growing out of it.
Painting of abstract pattern.
Painting of boy and Winnie the Pooh facing away from each other with bubbles in the background.
Colorful, painted portrait of Jake Ross.
Sketched portrait of Lydia Gargano
Water color painting of woods with silhouette of figure with axe.

Art Fundamentals

Mannequin head with grid and pi symbol, head covered with newspaper, and colorful paper mâché head.
Pencil sketch of 3d figures with shadows and highlights.
Cubist still life of pitcher, pear, and vase.
Sculptural depiction of ocean with sand and images of sea life.
Cubist still life of a dinner table with an assortment of food and beverages.
Small ceramic chalice with pointed opening
Small ceramic vase with abnormal design.
Small brown ceramic bowl.
Ribbed ceramic cup.
Abnormally shaped ceramic container on stand.
Two unique ceramic mugs and one pitcher.
Pencil drawing of four paper bags
Pencil drawing of boots

Grade 8 Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media

De Stijl style painting with green, orange, purple, and blue
Accordion book of coloring of forest path.
Accordion book of sketched hiking trail with colorful trail markers.
Colorful pop art of girl blowing bubble gum bubble, made with stamp.
Abstract blue, white, purple, and red oil painting.
Sketch of 3D figures.
Red chevron on abstract background painting.
Clay sculpture of person sitting on a large leaf.
Small clay bowl with diamond designs on the side.
Colorful, pop art Audrey Hepburn made with stamps.
Clay sculpture of sea coral.
Journal cover painted over with a sunset on a beach with seashell embellishments.

The visual arts—they affect us personally, socially, and culturally. At Pingry, we seek to help students explore this pervasive media through wide exposure, critical examination, and age-appropriate curricula. Our courses are carefully designed to help students discover their talents and find their voice.

Our facilities are state-of-the art. On the Lower Campus, students work in two renovated studios. At the Basking Ridge campus, they enjoy the resources housed in the beautiful Hostetter Arts Center, completed in 2003. And for Upper School photography students and Middle School studio labs participants, the main campus building is the center of activity.

We also foster a lively dialogue with artists outside the campus through the Hostetter Gallery program, which brings master artists’ exhibitions and visiting artists to campus throughout the year. Pingry also sponsors an annual, area-wide photography exhibition featuring student works from 14 independent and public schools. And to further reinforce our arts curriculum, student work is continuously on view throughout both campuses.

The history of art and the study of contemporary art culture throughout the world are also incorporated into each of our course offerings. By the time our students graduate, they have a firm foundation in art’s complex language and a greater appreciation for its ability to promote expression, communication, tolerance, and the articulation of many points of view throughout our global society. For course descriptions, please refer to the Curriculum Guide.

Visual Arts at Pingry

Upper School

Our dynamic Upper School program provides students with opportunities to specialize in a range of media including clayworking; photography; sculpture; drawing and painting; architecture, drafting, and design; filmmaking and video; and environmental art. Our goal: to help students find their own voice and individual identity in their chosen art form.

Middle School

Middle School: Middle School students find their visual vocabulary through a supportive, confidence-building arts curriculum grounded in a studio environment. When students discover the transformative power of art in their lives, they become open to the possibilities of self-expression. For course descriptions, please refer to the Curriculum Guide.

Lower School

Lower School: Our Lower School program is devoted to allowing young students to experience the joy and meaning found in the process of being a creative, artistic individual. Our courses encourage children to make connections with their studies, notice patterns, blend content, and create ways to solve problems. For course descriptions, please refer to the Curriculum Guide.

Sample Course Offerings

Environmental Art

Environmental Art: Availing themselves of Pingry’s nearly 200 acres of natural resources—easily harvested clay, wood, and stone—students explore the possibilities for using natural and recycled materials to make art with an emphasis on site-specific sculpture.

Photography

Photography: Our courses introduce students to photography as an art form, teaching them to incorporate individuality and the principles of design into their creations while also developing their powers of observation, inquiry, and imagination.

Architecture

Architecture, Drafting, & Design: Design—the process of planning, problem solving, development, construction, and presentation of ideas. Students develop skills in visualization through sketching, drafting, and constructing models and are also introduced to computer-aided design programs.

Girl painting an elephant and girl painting an abstract piece in drawing and painting class.