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The Best Maryland Boarding School Art Program

Art is an important part of the West Nottingham Academy boarding school experience and we provide a variety of opportunities for students to express themselves. Whether students are beginners or experienced artists, they will have the chance to engage and learn through an assortment of visual and performing arts offerings. Hailed as one of the top boarding schools with strong art programs, WNA intentionally integrates the arts into the life of the students through frequent trips to visit museums, experience musical performances, and enjoy the theater.

Artist-in-Residence Program

West Nottingham Academy is proud to be partnered with the New York Academy of Art and the renowned artist Eric Fischl for the Eric Fischl ’66 Artist-in-Residence Teaching Program. Each fall, winter, and spring, a visiting graduate of the New York Academy of Art lives and works on campus, teaching classes and working on pieces to exhibit to our community. Students with a greater interest in art can apply for the Aspiring Artists Program, which guarantees one-on-one time with the Artist-in-Residence. This program gives students the benefit of working with professional artists and allows them to witness the dedication that produces great works of contemporary art, allowing us to be amongst the best art high schools in Maryland. To learn more about our Artist-in-Residence program, click here.

Group of People

In conjunction with its Eric Fischl ’66 Artist-in-Residence Teaching Program, West Nottingham Academy offers a program for deserving applicants with a serious interest in the study of visual arts. Program benefits include:

  • Workshops with visiting Artists-in-Residence on scheduled weekend afternoons
  • Personal studio space
  • Personalized college planning and art college visits
  • Day trips to local museum exhibits, New York City, and the New York Academy of Art, from where our Artists-in-Residence have all graduated
  • Student gallery shows

Applicants will be considered based on their artistic achievement and potential, engagement in the school community, and overall solid character. This program is offered to 7 students per year.

Independent Study Certificate Program in Visual Arts

Students in the Visual Arts Independent Study Certificate Program have access to talented and experienced artists, both those working as faculty at West Nottingham and those who visit our campus through the Eric Fischl ’66 Artist-in-Residence Teaching Program. This program invites classically trained artists from the New York Academy of Art to work and live on our campus as visiting teachers, giving students a glimpse into the dedication it takes to produce great works of modern art. To learn more about the Signature Certificate in Visual Arts, click here.

On-Campus Art Studios

West Nottingham Academy prides itself on having four art studios on campus, in addition to our aspiring artist spaces. Our studio spaces are outfitted with a digital lab, access to Adobe Creative Suite products, Canon DSLR cameras, a ceramic studio with pottery wheels an electric kiln, and an etching press for a variety of printmaking possibilities. With all these opportunities for our students, WNA is recognized as one of the top art high schools in Maryland.

Opportunity awaits you at West Nottingham Academy!

Every day, in every activity, from the classroom to the playing fields, art studios, and club gatherings, students are exposed to a diverse community of learners from all walks of life.

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