Visual Arts and Design: UPPER SCHOOL 

Jeffrey light


Upper School Visual Arts seeks to provide students with opportunities to:

  • Identify personally and socially meaningful subjects for creative work in the visual arts
  • Explore a variety of strategies and approaches to posing and solving problems
  • Work both independently and collaboratively on creative projects
  • Build skills in both traditional and digital media
  • Understand the creative process in all disciplines through observation, study and practice
  • Participate in integrated models of learning, which connect creative, academic and life experiences
  • Relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the multicultural world
  • Develop awareness of contemporary art issues
  • Cultivate certain habits of mind, including: persistence, setting challenging goals, meeting deadlines, and using organizational skills pertaining to time, work space and resources
  • Reflect on their own learning, analyze personal strengths and weaknesses, and accept constructive criticism
  • Assemble portfolios for further education in the visual arts

The Visual Arts department also seeks to support teachers and students in their individual and interdisciplinary projects involving the visual arts.


9th grade Foundation Arts



Design Science


Figurative Sculpture in Clay

Graphic Design


Mixed Media



Art Club and Special Projects

Studio and Digital Arts Club






Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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