An independent Catholic school for girls in grades 7-12

Visual Arts

All junior high 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.

Sampling of Student Artwork, 2016

Extracurricular opportunities

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.

Stagecraft Club

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.


Boston Globe Art and Writing Awards

2015-16: Lauren Grela '19, Sawyer Strouth '20

2014-15: Karina Sinha '15 - Silver Key, poetry; Minali Venkatesh '15, Honorable Mention, poetry