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Visual Arts

Cultivating Artists

The multidisciplinary nature of artistic work requires different ways of seeing and thinking. Potomac teachers encourage students to guide and advise one another, observe what is happening around them, and wait as new ideas begin to form.

Spaces to create, new perspectives to observe, and visions to be expressed. 


Cort Morgan
Chair of the Art Department and IS and US Art Teacher

Amanda Cannell-Boone
Intermediate and Upper School Art Teacher

Beth Dunkelberger
Middle School Art Teacher

Kristin Enck
Intermediate and Upper School Art Teacher

Diana MacKenzie
Lower School Art Teacher

Mark McLaughlin
Stagecraft Teacher

Lise Metzger
Upper School Photography Teacher

Hillary Steel
Intermediate School Art Teacher

image showing the inside of a dark room
Image of photography in frames

Teaching and Experiencing Art

We encourage all of our students in their efforts and offer honest appraisals when asked. We believe that students' inner visions and voices can never be well-expressed unless they develop fluency in the ancient, wordless language of the arts.

Upper School Artwork

Lower School

In Lower School art, students explore, design, and create, using techniques from drawing and painting to collage, sculpture, ceramics, bookmaking, and printmaking. Students work with a multitude of tools and materials to find their unique artistic voice and develop personal works of art. An introduction to master artists as well as the role of cultural diversity in art are important parts of the curriculum. Working independently or collaboratively, the young artists develop a strong sense of respect, responsibility, care, and self-worth through artistic expression.

Lower School Art Curriculum


Seventh and eighth grade students become familiar with a variety of art and design concepts, mediums, and ways of working with materials. Within the two years that they are in the Intermediate School, they explore drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, digital photography and technology, textiles, and sculpture. Students draw with coarse and fine tools from observation and from their imagination. They relate projects to their changing identities and personal experiences through independent and team assignments. In addition to direct experience in the art studio, field trips to local museums and galleries, lessons about art and culture, as well as references and conversations about particular artists or techniques complement the students’ understanding of their own studio practice.

Intermediate School Art Curriculum

IS Painting Earth Day
Woden sculptures