Ms. Schurdak has been working as an administrator with this age group for over 20 years and is excited to join Pingry, having been struck “by the commitment of the Middle School faculty to educating middle schoolers… They are both serious and joyful about their work.”
The Middle School Fine Arts program aims to provide students with a visual vocabulary in order for them to speak about their lives in a way that is authentic and meaningful. Students will have artistic experiences in a supportive studio. This climate allows our students to take risks in the creative process utilizing a wide range of materials. Gallery visits are regularly scheduled in the Hostetter Arts Center to teach students how to approach and read a work of art and to encourage a deeper engagement by regularly viewing masterworks. Students become open to the possibilities when they discover the transformative power of art in their lives. Our program allows students to find their voice through a supportive, confidence building arts curriculum.