Resources and updates for the 2024-2025 school year are available here

Cheshire Academy written in white lettering with a solid dark blue background.


In Visual Arts, students are encouraged to explore deeper meanings in art and the world. Art is a powerful tool of expression, which is why we offer multiple ways for students to make a statement.

Here, students can study painting, drawing, design, and sculpture; they can explore technical and aesthetic challenges; venture into ceramics, or design their own fashion show as an Art Major. Take advantage of a personal year-round studio space and discover artistic passions — we have all the tools to help.

At Cheshire Academy, there are no prerequisites and no restrictions; we provide you with space, tools, and independence to work and grow both recreationally and studiously. Within our department, we encourage you to apply the visual arts contextually to the world around you. Drawing from both contemporary art and art history, you’ll develop an understanding of the elements and principles of art and design such as composition, color, and perspective.

Whether you wish to pursue art in college or simply need a creative outlet, we have the flexibility, resources and time to help you discover new talents. Importantly, you’ll develop more confidence in your abilities to express yourself in new and exciting ways.


Students in our ceramics program take advantage of hand, wheel, and mold methods of construction. They examine special hand building and wheel techniques, glaze and decoration methods, and firing processes, and leave the program with the success and knowledge of throwing a bowl and cup on a wheel, and understanding to use the pinch, coil, and slab methods.


In this course, students are introduced to digital photography technology and software, and are assigned school-issued Canon DSLR cameras. Students learn and use Adobe Bridge as a tool for organization and storage, and Photoshop CC as the central tool for editing. Beyond building upon and improving their own photography skills, students learn the works of other photographers, digital artists, and various sophisticated techniques that can further evoke their own skills and talents.


Cheshire Academy’s drawing class is dedicated to those desiring to focus on drawing as a means of visual inquiry. Not only do students learn about gesture, contour line, positive and negative space, and other integral parts to visual work, they also manipulate a variety of mediums, including pencil, ink, pastel, oil pastel, and others.


In painting, students learn to accurately discern relationships of shape, form, color, and value through various paint mediums. Students explore through use of watercolor, acrylic, and tempera paint, developing disciplined technical skills with those mediums, such as paint handling and application.


Our printmaking program is perfect for students interested in monoprint, lithography, transfer, woodcut, linoleum, and drypoint. Printmaking students learn to mix various elements to achieve the correct viscosity of ink, to apply the right amount of ink to their selected surface, and to effectively wipe a plate to achieve a good print. Printmaking is structured, yet spontaneous as to encourage each student’s originality and self-expression.

Art Major

The Art Major program is a yearlong course designed primarily for seniors who are advanced art students with a keen interest in attending art school, or are considering majoring in art or design at the university level.

As a part of the Art Major program, each student is provided with a personal workspace and any materials deemed necessary to complete a project. The entire Art Department and its resources are accessible to the Art Major student, including the digital lab, ceramics room, and printmaking equipment. Each student works independently on projects of great personal interest with the goal of developing a strong portfolio that will showcase that student’s talents and individuality and best improve their chances of admission into their school of choice.

In the past few years, Cheshire Academy Art Major students have been accepted to, and are currently enrolled at, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Parsons School of Design | The New School, the Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, Boston University, Montserrat College of Art, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.


Privacy Policy

Third Party Pixels and Cookies

When you visit our website, log in, register or open an email, cookies, ad beacons, and similar technologies may be used by our online data partners or vendors to associate these activities with information they or others have about you, including your email address. We (or service providers on our behalf) may then send communications and marketing to these email addresses. You may opt out of receiving this advertising by visiting https://app.retention.com/optout.