Fine Arts

The Gill St. Bernard's Fine Arts department offers an exciting collection of courses and areas of focus that allow our students to experiment creatively at every grade level.

 

Program Highlights

2D Art

 

2D Art

Beginning in Lower School, GSB students explore art elements and design principles in a number of 2D mediums. Studio art classes provide our young artists the opportunity to create projects through acrylic, tempera paint, and watercolor ink in a range of subjects and styles. 

GSB offers AP 2-D Art and Design to advanced Upper School students, a yearlong course in which students develop and submit personal portfolios. This course emphasizes making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making using the elements of art and the principles of design. 

GSB proudly offers two full art studios on campus — a dedicated Lower School art studio in the Cox building and an Upper School space located in Founders Hall. Each art studio is designed for students to take full control of the creative process and hold a variety of materials for classes to explore concepts in form, depth, space, and perspective. 

Art History

Art History

The AP Art History course welcomes students into the global art world to engage with its forms and content as they research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art. By investigating specific course content of 250 works of art characterized by diverse artistic traditions from prehistory to the present, the students develop in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students learn and apply skills of visual, contextual, and comparative analysis to engage with a variety of art forms, developing understanding of individual works and interconnections across history.

Computer-Aided Design

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Middle School students explore the world of drawing three-dimensional objects through our CAD course. During their classes, students will experiment within the TinkerCad program to create scale models and objects of their own design–both practical and artistic. Class is held in our MS MakerSpace, where students learn how to format and slice their drawings for our 3D printers.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

As an Upper School course for 9th to 12th Graders, students are introduced to the interaction of text, image, and fundamental components of graphic communications. Classes hone their skills by working with text and image to create solutions to a series of design problems. A major focus of the course is to develop students’ abilities to think creatively and generate innovative ideas while learning digital design tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

K-12 Art Show

K-12 Art Show

The GSB Fine Arts Department proudly hosts two annual arts shows per school year. Feature work is displayed in the SBS Pavilion to showcase projects from all grades and in all mediums, including 2D, 3D, and digital art, drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, woodworking, and multi-media creations.

Photography

Photography

The GSB Photography program offers introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses for Upper Schoolers interested in building their digital photography skills. Through their course work, students spend their classes in lectures, demonstrations, shooting assignments on campus, lab time, and critiques. As students gain a deeper understanding and confidence in camera functions, shooting techniques, lighting, composition, and editing, they are introduced to more advanced concepts in the use of photography as a documentary and artistic medium.

Woodworking

Woodworking Program

As a longstanding staple of GSB Fine Arts, our Woodworking program provides opportunities to elicit creativity, problem solve, and build self confidence. Beginning in 5th Grade, Middle and Upper School students partner with GSB faculty to learn proper tool safety, understand the role of mathematics in art, and create diverse projects such as birdhouses, dovetail boxes, benches, and chessboards. 

Gill St. Bernards Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Becky Gochman '81

As the founder of The Forge Project, Becky's philanthropic ventures and love of art has led her to build a platform to support Indigenous artists and a space to share their works with the world.

Read The Alumni Spotlight

2D Art Projects

Ceramics Projects

Digital Art Projects

Woodworking Projects

In The News

The Fine Arts Department at GSB is extraordinary. The quality of work that students are creating is marvelous —their technique, their skills, their ideas.  I'm very proud of the work that they're doing and the risks that they are taking.

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GSB welcomes applications from students who demonstrate academic potential and who are deemed likely to benefit from and contribute to the GSB community.

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Tuition

We are committed to building a community of talented, passionate, creative, and thoughtful students from a diverse range of backgrounds independent of financial circumstances.

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Our Curriculum

Our community of learners value the contributions, perspectives, and talents that each student and faculty member bring to campus.

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Art Exhibition

Students have opportunities throughout the year to show their work to the community in a gallery setting. Each year, the fine arts faculty curate winter and spring exhibitions and host receptions for staff, faculty and friends to come together and celebrate the work of our art students. In addition, student work is submitted to several juried and non-juried art competitions and exhibitions throughout the year.

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Self-Portrait Collages

As a recent final project for their Portfolio Development course, students created large-scale, self-portrait collages. Students first created the background on canvas and then painted the portrait over this surface. For the background, students used a variety of materials, including scraps of patterned paper, dried flowers, newspaper, and pages from their class notebooks and from their own sketchbooks.

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Design Portfolios

As part of Gill St. Bernard's AP Art and Design curriculum, Upper School students work with faculty members to build website portfolios around a personal topic of their choice. This sustained investigation allows students to think deeply about identity, perspective, and their creative process while providing a capstone experience for their growth as an artist.

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Visual Arts Chair

Sarah Isusi chairs the Fine Arts Department and teaches Upper School Studio Art, Drawing and Painting, Portfolio Development and AP 2D Design. Isusi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and a Master of Art in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Prior to coming to Gill, she taught International Baccalaureate Art and Design to Upper School students in Baltimore and later developed the Fine Arts program for a Charter School for Performing and Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She is an active member of the National Art Education Association, as well as the Center for Contemporary Art in Bernardsville, and the Print Center of N.J., where she shows her work annually. Sarah is excited about selecting and curating local art exhibitions and gallery talks in the F.M Kirby Hall and Gallery several times throughout the year.