Visual Arts

Lower School Visual Arts

Lower School Visual Arts

In lower school art, students are introduced to a variety of mediums including clay building,  painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage. One of the main goals of the art program in the Lower School is to familiarize students with the art studio, teach them to navigate safely through the space, and provide them with the building blocks to evolve into independent artists. Throughout the school year, students develop an art vocabulary, which promotes independence and confidence when asking for materials or speaking about their work. Art lessons are designed for students to discover the properties of the materials through a guided exploration process. They are encouraged to explore these new materials with their attention on the process of creating art, rather than working to complete a specific task.

After students have proved their basic knowledge of the materials, they begin to work on projects with specific goals. They also begin to formulate ideas for up-coming projects, and develop an understanding of the visual arts in relationship to the outside world. Students learn to ask for the specific materials they need at the appropriate time, and are encouraged to complete projects with creative solutions. Critiques and class shares become an important part of progressing towards independence. All students keep a portfolio which is accessed at the end of each year.

Middle School Visual Arts

Middle School Visual Arts

By the time students reach middle school they are independent artists. They are familiar with the art studio's setting, and have an extensive vocabulary to discuss art intelligently. They have been exposed to many art mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics, and have used these materials to complete multi-step projects. Students work on concept based projects that require them to work on art pieces for longer periods of time, moving them away from exploring materials, but towards creating art with an intentional focus on the final outcome. Students are evaluated throughout the development of their portfolio and participate in an end of the semester gallery style share.


Upper School Visual Arts

Upper School Visual Arts

The upper school visual arts four-year curriculum consists of courses that explore various art materials, processes and ideas which allow students to develop and refine their written and verbal skills in interpretation and analyzation of artwork.

First Year
Students will understand that art and artists’ communication is a process that involves subject matter (narrative, landscapes, figure, etc.), technique (various tools and materials) and design (the structure of the visual language such as Elements of Design-line, shape/ form, color, texture/ pattern and space and Principals of Design- balance, rhythm, unity, contrast and emphasis). Other topics include perspective, proportions of the body and face and color theory.  The first year of art in the upper school also integrates with the ancient history course to expose students to art from different cultures from around the world.

Second Year
Students learn about art styles and movements in art history (modern art, impressionism, abstract art, etc.). Students will apply that knowledge to their own artistic creations. They will also explore personal themes and concepts in various projects.

Third and Fourth Years
Students continue to explore personal themes using various mediums and methods. Students also learn about contemporary artists. Some techniques and processes that are covered include bookmaking, printmaking, sculpting, stretching canvas, etc.

Advanced Visual Arts Courses:

AP Studio Art 2D-Design

AP Studio Art 3D- Design

AP Studio Art- Drawing

College Art Portfolio Preparation

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Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, private, co-ed, day school accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Serving students in Kindergarten thru Grade 12 from all across the New York City area, Bay Ridge Prep is located in Brooklyn and dedicated to enriching intellectual curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence through a student-centered community that values the unique talents and learning styles of each person.



About Us

Bay Ridge Prep is a co-ed, K-12 independent school in Brooklyn, New York, that is home to 400 students and over 100 faculty spread across two buildings.  With a student-centered environment and fresh approach to education, Bay Ridge Prep provides an enriching academic experience in a socially mature environment.


Bay Ridge Prep is selective in admissions and prospective students go through a formal application process.  What we look for most in an applicant is a student who will benefit from our programs and make a positive impact on our community.


Bay Ridge Prep students get their first taste of hands-on learning in Kindergarten, when they become owners and operators of their own bakery.  By high school, they are deeply engaged in courses like Science, Research & Design - a three-year class that offers the opportunity to conduct original, independent research.


Led by experienced arts educators with advanced degrees in art, music and theater, the arts program recognizes that creative expression is a vital and integral part of a student’s development.


Home to nine championships in the last seven years, Bay Ridge Prep Athletics offers students an opportunity to explore physical challenges and develop leadership and teamwork skills.

Student Life

Student life is more than just classes, clubs and team sports.  Bay Ridge Prep is proactive in making every day life for students engaging, positive and enjoyable. 


Giving to Bay Ridge Prep has a profound impact on the daily lives of our students and helps give the school's administration the flexibility and financial resources to address spontaneous needs in and out of the classroom such as undertaking new programs and facility upgrades.


Bay Ridge Prep Alumni can be found everywhere.  Our newest alums are at some of the best colleges and graduate programs in the country and older alums are professionals in the fields of medicine, law, media, education, finance and more.

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