Upper & Middle School Visual Arts
Doane Academy’s art department educates not only the novice “artist” but also provides opportunities for the serious art students to further develop their skills. Our Upper School students participate in local, county and state exhibitions where they regularly win awards at the county and state levels.
The innovative partnership between Doane Academy and Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art, founded by Leona and the late Nelson Shanks (world renowned painter of presidents, popes, princesses, and more), offers students benefits that go far beyond the art room. Taught by instructors from the studio, students participate in drawing and painting. Student draw at the easel, abstracting from nature to learn the technique of gesture, blocking-in using straight lines and angles, seeing shapes in perspective, understanding relative value fields, structural drawing, color study. Critiques are used to discuss student work upon its completion.
Students also have the ability to enroll in our ceramics program. This studio class is intended for those studying ceramics for the first time as well as those moving on to intermediate studies. The work leads up to a portfolio of finished pieces by the end of the school year.
Alumni have gone on to careers in the arts including an animator for Sesame Street, photographer for the New York Times, and an illustrator (and writer) of children's books.