In seventh and eighth grade, students gain a solid foundation in art theory and skills as part of their academic experience. They are introduced to the color wheel and gain experience with contour drawing, tempera paint, papier maché, introduction to pattern design, charcoal and ink drawing, printmaking and animation. In high school, students who wish to further develop their talents may take electives such as Visual Art and Design or Senior Studio Art.
Open Studio Time
Weekdays during activities block, students are encouraged to come to the art room to work on projects for school or independent art projects. Students can be found sketching, painting, making prints, or working with papier mache.
A combination of performing arts and visual arts, the Stagecraft club offers students hands on experience in mask-making, special effects make-up, puppetry, building, painting and other theater related projects.
Each spring, Ursuline Academy hosts an evening designed to showcase the year-long fruits of our students' artistic labors. Known as Festival of the Arts, this Ursuline tradition allows families and guests to browse the drawings, paintings, prints and photographs of the Senior Studio Arts class, as well as enjoy performances of our choral, instrumental, and dance groups.
The Senior Studio Art class also makes an annual field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, where students have an opportunity to enrich what they have learned in the classroom by observing and sketching a world class art collection.
The Memory Project
When Katie Fox '18 first heard about the Memory Project, she immediately thought it would be a great way to combine her love of art with her dedication to service. With Ursuline's motto of "Serviam" in mind, she was intrigued to learn about this non-profit that invites art students to create and donate portraits of youth around the world who live with substantial challenges. The portraits are intended to help the children feel valued and important, and provide a meaningful piece of personal history for them. Besides the benefit to the children, it offers a way for student artists to use their unique talents to practice kindness and global awareness in a very personal way. After getting approval from art teacher, Mrs. Caroline Rufo, Katie contacted the Memory Project and started a club at Ursuline Academy.
Boston Globe Art and Writing Awards
2020-21: Sophie Hayes '21
2017-18: Sawyer Strouth '20
2015-16: Lauren Grela '19; Sawyer Strouth '20
2014-15: Karina Sinha '15 (Silver Key, poetry);
Minali Venkatesh '15 (Honorable Mention, poetry)
Art All-State Admissions
2018: Kaleigh Wyers
2017: Darby Stranberg
Sophie Hayes '21 - "A Pair of Pears"