Visual Arts

Early Childhood Art with Christina Mariotti


Christina is a beloved artist in the Fayetteville community and has worked at The New School for 13 years.

Here are her words:

“I am located in the large and beautiful, high ceiling room called the Studio in the Early Childhood area. There are so many things to do in our space, but one of our favorite things is making art and talking about other artist’s techniques. The space is very accommodating and allows us to paint in large scale using different size brushes and different size paper. Three dimensional items that we construct are put together with tape  cardboard and Styrofoam pieces and then sometimes that will be painted on. The concept of what can be painted on is endless and gives the children a sense of freedom".

Lower School Art with Katie Parker



In our lower school art classes, students will learn about various artists throughout the year, as well as sensory and skill-based projects. The artist studies correlate with age-appropriate skills, and various projects connect with what the students are learning in their other content areas. We have an annual Art Show every spring where student work is highlighted and displayed throughout the school.


Middle School Art with Katie Terry



Middle school art takes all the concepts from lower school and gives students the freedom to explore their unique passions in the visual art realm. Using some of the building blocks of art like color theory, artist studies, and drawing techniques, middle schoolers are given the chance to create their own projects through a proposal based system where they decide every aspect of the product. Students are given a general topic and material list as they plan out a project and carry out their ideas. This teaches children that with many of the freedoms of art come certain responsibilities as well, such as time management, material ingenuity, planning and pride in a finished piece of art they designed themselves.

Upper School Art with Aaron Giles



Our Upper school art classes are busy this semester! We have been working on mixed media collages, album art covers and paintings. The visual and studio art classes are about to embark on a printmaking journey. We will begin learning the reduction print method using linoleum blocks followed by monotype printing. Below is a brief description of the goals for the Upper School art classes for fall semester:

  • Visual Arts/Studio Art:

This course introduces students to art-making strategies in a variety of forms including mixed media (combinations of traditional and experimental art materials), drawing, painting, and printmaking. Through a series of studio assignments, students will learn to generate creative ideas, explore materials and techniques, and develop artworks that communicate their ideas. Students will develop an appreciation for art history and contemporary art from exposure to artists and art movements throughout time.

  • Graphic Design:

This course introduces the interaction of text and image and the fundamental components of graphic communication. Students will develop and hone skills in working with text and image as they create solutions to a series of design problems. Visual literacy will be increased through exposure to contemporary art and design issues and graphic design history. Students will be expected to expand their proficiency in all aspects of the design process, including the use of formal design principles, type as image, creative brainstorming, conceptualizing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation. Students will examine graphic art as a component of contemporary society and culture. Students will develop design skills using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

  • AP 2D Design (Studio Art)

The AP Studio Art Portfolio course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios or evaluation at the end of the school year. In building the portfolio, students experience a variety of concepts, techniques and approaches designed to help them demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques, problem solving, and ideation. Students also develop a body of work for the Concentration section of the portfolio that investigates an idea of personal interest to them.