Visual Arts

Fairfield Prep's visual arts program affords students the opportunity realize their potential.Prep offers an introductory Visual Arts class, where students study the elements and principals of art and design, learning composition and techniques in painting and drawing.

From there, a student can choose to take the Studio Art class, where they design their own projects and focus on the areas they want to work on — from drawing to painting to website design. At Prep we foster a lifelong love of learning through a lifelong love of the arts.

Prep and Creativity

"Here with Prep's fine arts, whatever you want to do is encouraged. It is an opportunity for me to unqind and create something, rather than learn something created for me."

- Ethan Yu '18

Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts

Visual Arts is an introductory art course that provides for the study of the history and appreciation of art combined with studio exercises. This one credit course presents a core of visual and aesthetic activities essential to understanding the visual arts discipline. Students in this course will study the elements and principles of art and design, composition and various drawing and painting techniques.

Assessments will include written critiques, reports, presentations, tests and quizzes as well as art projects. A midterm and final exam are given in class. Participation in Fairfield Prep's art exhibitions is required. 

This is a freshmen elective.

Studio Art

Studio Art will provide students with the opportunity to continue developing their skills in the methods and techniques of drawing and painting in a studio environment, and to develop their original and creative expression in visual, plastic and graphic arts. The class structure will be student oriented including a process of “contract” assignments. The first semester will be devoted to the preparation of a portfolio; an emphasis will be given to particular drawing and painting skill, paralleling the investigation of the “Masters.”

Students will experiment with a variety of painting styles and techniques in their own work. In the second semester, students will explore the basics of graphic design and the computer software that is currently used in the field to produce ads, posters, business, brochures, cards and letterhead. Assessments will include formal critiques, PowerPoint presentations, quarterly reports and quizzes. Grades are based on timely completion of all assignments and are judged on an individual bases with consideration given to the variety of style and artistic ability.

Prerequisite: Freshmen Visual Arts class/consent of the instructor.

A Learned Skill

"One of the greatest things about art is that anyone can do it and do it well. It is a learned skill like any other subject, sport or activity."

- Mr. Robert Fosse-Previs '87

Taking Risks

Art is all about risk and putting yourself out there. It should make you both excited and scared. You have to be willing to jump into an idea with abandon and see where it takes you. If you fail you have at least learned something, and you know that those around you will support you while you pick up and start again.

SCC Art Show


Fairfield Prep students participate in the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) Art Show, held annually in April. Prep students have won awards in the past for their work, which is displayed alongside art from all other SCC schools in Connecticut.

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