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Visual Arts

A student in art class

Generations of artists have drawn inspiration from living and working in New Hampshire  - and today’s Holderness student-artists are no exception.

Students receive skilled instruction in studio arts, ceramics, and photography, with student artwork regularly exhibited in the Edwards Art Gallery and other spaces on campus. Classes are held in the Carpenter Arts Center, which features:

  • Digital photography lab.
  • Ceramics studio with eight wheels and a gas kiln.
  • Press for linoleum or wood block printing;
  • Equipment for jewelry and stained glass production.
  • Darkroom with 11 enlarger–equipped workstations.
  • Studio for still–life and portrait photography.
  • Matting and critiquing room.
  •  Student gallery space. 

Visit our Curriculum Guide for a full list of academic requirements and course descriptions.

Featured Course

Art 109 | Photography I

A student photographs a dog for photography class.

You’ll pick up a digital camera and learn the basics of photography from Joseph Sywenkyj, an award-winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and countless other publications. You’ll learn the fundamentals, get valuable feedback on your work, and create meaningful photographs you can be proud of. 

Learning in Action

Art in the Afternoon

A student poses next to his painting. 

Instead of joining a sports team, some students participate in Art in the Afternoon. Students can tackle a number of fun and interesting artistic projects, from set design to photography, music, painting, and more.

Student Exhibitions

A student's painting.

Students regularly exhibit their work in the Edwards Art Gallery, which also hosts numerous exhibitions of working artists several times a year. Student artwork is also exhibited in spaces throughout campus.  

Calling All Artists!

Do you like to sing, act, play music, or make art?  Then use this form to contact the Holderness School Arts Department to introduce yourself. We love to meet student-artists and share what our program can do for you.

Meet Our Visual Arts Faculty

Dave Cosby

Dave Cosby

Performing Arts Faculty
Thea Dodds

Thea Dodds

Director of Digital Marketing & Interim Visual Arts Faculty
Marylena Sevigney

Marylena Sevigney

Art Department Chair & Visual Arts Faculty
Joseph Sywenkyj

Joseph Sywenkyj

Visual Arts Faculty - On leave, Fall 2022

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