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

Ms. Katie Terry will guide middle school art students in an exploration a variety of media as they continue to build their skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Elements of art and principles of design are used not only to make, but also to understand, art. Students will exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a studio environment as well as during field experiences out of school (visiting museums, etc.). They will get out and about, creating and experiencing art! Contact katie.terry@thenewschool.org with any questions.

Upper School Art with Aaron Giles

Our Upper school art classes are busy this semester! We will be working on a variety of projects using mixed media in our Visual Arts class from printmaking to 3D sculptures. On that note, we have added a 3D Design class this year. Currently, students in 3D Design are having fun creating magical creatures using wire and polymer clay! The Graphic Design I students are learning the basics of Illustrator in preparation for their Album art poster.

Below are brief descriptions of the goals for the Upper School art classes for the Fall Semester. 

3D Design

3D Design is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals and technical principles of working three dimensionally. Students will experiment with a number of construction methods and materials used to create, represent, respond to, and reflect on form in space. We will read, watch, and discuss perspectives on 3D art and design written/created by artists, curators, art historians, and critics. Using this information as a springboard, we will create our own 3D works. Experimentation is always a virtue to have as an artist!

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.

If your student loves the arts, learn more about our after school activities and private lessons: 

Activities and Lessons