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Visual Arts at Siena

Creating Worlds We Aspire To

Siena students have great creative strengths, and the visual arts offerings from elementary through high school help students build on those strengths in familiar and unfamiliar media. The visual arts help to further develop our students’ visual, spatial, and bodily-kinesthetic intelligences, and encourage them to expand their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills through group projects and formal critiques. We invite you to explore our visual arts offerings below.

Elementary School Art

Students are introduced to Maker-style projects through a series of workshops that explore traditional woodworking skills from concept and design to production. Teamwork and communication skills are emphasized as students gain confidence with tools, construction and working models. 

Projects include:

  • Bridge building
  • Toolboxes
  • Architectural dwellings
  • Airplanes

Elementary Maker Projects

Middle School Art

Students experience art, music and photography classes on a daily basis. Styles, movements, and techniques in art are introduced through observation, critique and projects. 

Art projects explore:
  • Cubism
  • Pop-Art
  • Storyboards
  • Abstract impressionism
  • Cityscapes

Middle School Art Projects

High School Art

Students gain knowledge about art history and vocabulary from a structural, historical and cultural perspective. Students choose between visual art, photography, and music and create a project exploring a central theme each quarter. Students journey through a proposal, draft, self and group assessments, as well as a final presentation and question session regarding their concept and theories used.

Areas of study include:

  • Architectural drawings

  • Neoclassicism

  • Print-making

  • Sculpting

  • Film analysis

  • Illuminated manuscripts


Through three years of photography, students focus on:
  • Manipulating the three parts of Exposure Triangle
  • Adjusting DSLR cameras using the light meter
  • Composition and practice using the rule of thirds
  • Identify and use different lighting styles
  • Discovering macro photography
  • Perspective and lens selection
  • Exploring how the manipulation of camera position, depth of field and focal length affect image perception
  • Independent setup and breakdown of the studio lighting kits
  • Exploring color theory
  • Image manipulation in Photoshop




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