The Visual Arts program offers students opportunities to discover and display their talents. Student artwork is featured at the Barn Gallery, which hosts many art, ceramic, and photography shows. Students participate in regional art competitions such as the annual Small Independent School Art League Show, and each year one or two junior art students are selected to participate in Art All-State, an intensive two-day art collaboration with students from across Massachusetts.

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  • Visual Arts Courses in Studio Art

    We offer a number of courses in studio arts, from beginner to intermediate and advanced levels. Since all art courses run for a full three trimesters, students are able to dive into multiple areas of study. Our introductory courses focus on the fundamentals of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Our Visual Arts and Yoga course combines these studies with yoga and meditative practices that help with creativity. Our more advanced courses focus on more specific study in 2D and 3D design and our Advanced Portfolio (AP) class is individualized to build each student’s portfolio as they prepare for the AP portfolio submission in May.
  • Visual Arts Courses in Photography and Graphic Design

    We offer photography courses in both traditional dark room photography using film cameras, as well as in digital photography. Our full darkroom studio allows students access to the classic approach to photography and students learn how to consider composition and quality from the moment they put their camera into focus until the moment they see their photo appear on photo paper. Our digital photography courses focus on composition and photography, with an emphasis on learning Adobe Photoshop skills to enhance and augment digital photos. Both types of photography are offered from introductory through advanced levels.

    Our graphic design course, Publications, is focused on the creation of the school yearbook, a 152-page undertaking built from theme to cover design by students and for the students. This course is taught using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, and students can take this real world experience of combining design and journalism with industry level programs to college and beyond.
  • Visual Arts Courses in Ceramics

    Our ceramics courses are offered at the introductory through advanced levels and are offered both as a focus on wheel thrown ceramics but also on sculpture. Students access a ceramics studio where they experience the creation of ceramic work but also the care of a studio space, complete with recycling clay, maintaining a clean and functioning studio space and learning about kiln firing.

Visual Arts Exhibitions

Exhibitions play a major role in student life at CH-CH and we offer many visual arts shows each school year. All of our student shows are held in the Barn and Dining Hall Galleries and our shows are free and open to the public. In the Mankiw Gallery, we offer exhibitions that explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career professional artists. We highly encourage alumni and artists from our school and the Waltham community to submit work for consideration. The exhibitions program supports and expands our arts curriculum by providing students with many opportunities to share their work with their peers, faculty and families.

In addition to the formal gallery spaces on campus, the CH-CH Visual and Performing Arts Department will also host “CH-CH Pop-Up Gallery” events. These events may include performance art, interactive art experiences, film screenings and more! These events are not listed on our master calendar but will be promoted online and in print around campus. These types of events create excitement for the whole community and tend to allow more innovative work to emerge.

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Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School is a small, coeducational college preparatory school dedicated to teaching the way students learn. Our faculty, over 70% of whom have advanced degrees, offers instruction tailored to individual learning styles and strengths, empowering our students to achieve their potential. Our multiple intelligences approach to teaching and learning both values and addresses the different ways students learn. Our curriculum challenges and engages students, with support seamlessly integrated into the classes and culture of the School. All our students are accepted into college or university with an emphasis on finding the best fit for their ambitions and interests. Diversity thrives in a social climate of acceptance. A dynamic mix of day and boarding students energizes our campus and creates opportunities for students to engage with each other in the arts, athletics, campus activities and community service. Our alumni/ae describe their experience at CH-CH as truly transformational. Our private, independent school is located ten miles from Boston.