Visual Arts

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.

Digital Arts

From multi-media displays to crisp, focused photography, Cheshire Academy’s Digital Arts Program coaches students to achieve excellence in a range of practical artistic skills.

Designed to teach students the ins and outs of real world digital skills, the Digital Arts Program nurtures budding animators, photographers, and videographers to develop their artistic passions with projects directly applicable to their day-to-day lives. Recent projects have included a stop-motion video of campus and a digital photography display in Cheshire Coffee.

Alumni Photographers

Many of our alumni have pursued successful careers in photography and photojournalism; Stathis Orphanos ’58, Paul Empson ’84, Carlos Chiossone ’84, and James Lawler Duggan ’05 have all appeared in major publications throughout the world. Fashion photographer Paul Empson has shot for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, while Stathis Orphanos has led an incredible career photographing iconic entertainment figures such as Gore Vidal and John Irving. Internationally recognized photographer Carlos Chiossone specializes in both commercial advertising and portrait photography, while James Lawler Duggan has captured a breathtaking body of work chronicling the Arab Spring and clashes throughout the Near East, appearing in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine, among others.