Visual Arts

Visual arts students may pursue a wide range of artistic disciplines, including studio art, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and digital art, each of which is offered in Berkshire's Kennard Visual Arts Center. In addition, students may study a particular medium in depth or sample several from a broad offering of courses. While a strong technical foundation is stressed, equal emphasis is placed upon creative self-expression and developing the artist’s unique voice. Advanced studies include a strong emphasis on critical and creative thinking, as well as portfolio preparation.



Ceramics classes introduce the student to the many aspects of clay work. Students explore texture, form, and function through a variety of handbuilt techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab. Students gain an understanding of the many stages of clay from plastic to leatherhard, bone-dry, bisqueware, and glazeware. They explore a variety of glazing and finishing techniques used in electric kiln firing. In Ceramics II, students begin to explore throwing techniques on the wheel. With an eye toward ethnic, historic, and contemporary considerations, classroom assignments challenge the blossoming potter/sculptor to embrace creative thinking while developing basic skills.

Advanced level classes allow time for the dedicated potter/sculptor to further develop and refine their skills.


Gold Key Award
Digital Art by Dalia Banevicius '17 
Graphic Design major at Drexel University

Digital Art introduces students to techniques for making fine art through technological processes. Digital cameras, scanners, stylus and tablets, and professional software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash are used to create both still and animated work. Student work is printed on large-format printers, including an Epson 9890 with a 44-inch span. The digital art curriculum is supplemented with exploratory lessons, field trips to museums and local design firms, and a graphic design competition. At every level of Digital Art, students develop their portfolios while learning more advanced techniques.



Photography students explore both digital and traditional darkroom techniques. Utilizing digital SLR cameras, iMac computers, and Photoshop software, students learn basic camera operation, editing techniques, and aesthetic concerns.

Advanced classes offer more sophisticated techniques and thematic assignments are emphasized, and a commitment to independent work is expected.



Advanced Placement Studio Art allows students to concentrate on either two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography)or three-dimensional work (ceramics, sculpture), with the goal of preparing and submitting a strong final AP portfolio.

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Oct. 11: Fall Concert
8:00 p.m. Allen Theater

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Fall Play Performances
7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Nov. 8: Fall Dance Concert
7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Dec. 8: Berkshire Improv Performance
6:30 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

Dec. 13: Winter Concert
7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Feb. 5: Jazz Café
9:00 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

Feb. 21-22: Winter Musical
7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Feb. 28: Winter Dance Concert
7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

Mar. 1: A Cappella Palooza
7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

April 10: Vocal Cabaret
7:30 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

April 16: AP Art Exhibit Reception
7:00 p.m. The Warren Family Gallery

April 24: Spring Concert
7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

May 1: Capriccio: Classical Music Recital
7:30 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

May 8-9: Student Performing Arts Showcase
7:30 p.m. Allen Theater

May 19: Berkshire Improv Performance
8:30 p.m. Berkshire Hall Atrium

Note: Additional events may be added to the schedule and/or showtimes adjusted.