Visual Arts

Inspiration runs deep at Gould, and we’re ready to help you develop your artistic talents. Students may choose from over 10 diverse Visual Arts electives ranging from painting and ceramics to blacksmithing and digital photography.

The Owen Art Gallery provides quality exhibit space for our aspiring artists and established alumni artists to share their work with the greater community.

Art students have access to individual studio spaces on the second floor of the dedicated Art Cottage

For students who want to pursue their artistic endeavors beyond Gould, dedicated faculty members and College Counseling will guide them through the portfolio development process.

Students who have discovered their artistic passions at Gould have gone on to schools including the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Blacksmithing is one of the most popular classes at Gould

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Visual Arts Courses Include:

Art Foundations

This course is designed to expose students to a wide variety of art and design experiences during the freshman and sophomore years. Students will gain a broader understanding of the fundamentals of art and design, as well as gain more experience with a wider variety of faculty, materials and processes. The course will cover both 2 and 3 dimensional art, allowing students to develop an understanding of each, and allow them to make better informed decisions about future courses in the arts. The course will consist of 4, half-trimester modules, Drawing, and 3 Dimensional Design in the Fall trimester, and then Ceramics and Design in the Winter trimester. Sections of students will rotate through the classes after the midterm point. This course is required before ninth and tenth grade students can take other trimester-long visual art electives. This course is required before 9th and 10th graders can take other trimester long visual art electives. (Students must enroll in two terms)

Artist Blacksmithing: Functional Ironwork

Artist Blacksmithing focuses on the production of forged ironwork. Emphasis will be placed on the design and function of tools, hardware, and utensils. (Four student maximum. Prerequisite for ninth- and tenth-grade students: Art Foundations)

Digital Photography 1

This course is an introduction to the world of digital photography, including basic photographic skills, features of a digital camera, and use of computer software for enhancement and color correction of images. This course focuses on intensive hands-on practice with digital cameras and computer software. Students will learn to optimizes images for print and electronic distribution. (Prerequisite for ninth- and tenth-grade students: Art Foundations)

Digital Photography 2

This course is designed for students who are either committed to photography as a subject of study or motivated to explore advanced options in photography. This class will stress greater latitude in materials used, greater mastery of techniques, and most importantly a higher level of intellectual involvement in planning, designing and evaluating of the artworks created. Areas covered will be artificial lighting techniques, HDR imaging, RAW images and advanced editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop Elements. This will be a hands-on class and because of individualized portfolio feedback much of what is covered will require classroom attendance. (Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1.)

Drawing 1

The recording of an attitude or idea on paper. Emphasis will be on the use of mediums: pencil, charcoal, and brush (washes) with concern for the basic principles of design. (Prerequisite for ninth- and tenth-grade students: Art Foundations)

Drawing 2

An advanced course in drawing, further exploration in tools, techniques, and subject matter. (Prerequisite: Drawing 1.)

Fashion Drawing

This course will begin with understanding the human figure through both the “9 Heads” method and basic human anatomy. Students will sketch the human figure for the first few weeks, and then move on to adding fabric and clothing. Students will discover various techniques for illustrating different types, and weights of fabrics. Students will explore various types of fashion throughout history in their research and sketchbook. As students develop their ideas we will then begin to render them in the Adobe Illustrator program, creating a portfolio. (Prerequisite for ninth and tenth grade students: Design, Art Foundations, or Freshman/Sophomore Art.)

Introduction to Graphic Design

Students will begin by doing research and discussing forms of advertising and signage. They will discuss pieces that they feel are successful and pieces that are not successful, they will then begin correcting the “unsuccessful” pieces. How would they make them better? They will be able ideate quickly in sketchbooks. The process of discussing the successful and unsuccessful pieces will serve as research for their corrections. Students will then survey the public as to which design they feel is more effective, the old or new version. They will learn that what you think as a designer, may not matter as much as what everyone else, or your client, thinks. They will also develop their own personal logo and visual identity in the class. This is an extremely valuable process to begin to understand as a designer. The course will move quickly and have many deadlines that students must meet. It should be a fun and exciting experience for all. (Prerequisite for ninth and tenth grade students: Design, Art Foundations, or Freshman/Sophomore Art.)

Metal Design 1

Design and fabrication of metal jewelry. Basic techniques such as soldering, sawing, piercing, stone setting, cold connections and finishing work will be covered. (Prerequisite for ninth and tenth grade students: Design, Art Foundations, or Freshman/Sophomore Art.)

Metal Design 2

Advanced technique, including further exploration in tools, techniques, and subject matter. Enameling, hollow forms, precious metal clay, etching and casting are some of the processes that may be explored. (Prerequisite: Metal Design 1.)

Painting 1

Exploration of various styles of painting following the historical evolution of attitudes toward the painted image (classicism, impressionism, romanticism, and expressionism). Emphasis on acrylic medium and color properties. (Prerequisite for ninth- and tenth-grade students: Art Foundations)

Painting 2

An advanced course in painting, further exploration in tools, techniques, and subject matter. (Prerequisite: Painting 1.)

Portfolio Development

This course is designed for students who are considering applying to art or design schools and feel they need work to help round out their admissions portfolios. This course will be an opportunity for these students to increase the scale and scope of their work, giving their portfolio pieces more impact and resonance. The work will be multi-media and exploratory; developing themes and ideas as though a student were organizing and executing a body of work. The assignments will develop an understanding of the modern and contemporary issues in art and design through exposure to a great deal of art history, design history, and practice.(Prerequisite for ninth- and tenth-grade students: Art Foundations)


Making multiple images through the use of various printmaking techniques. Monotypes, linoleum printing, etching and lithography are some of the techniques that may be explored. (Prerequisite for ninth- and tenth-grade students: Art Foundations)

3D Design with CAD

3D design and modeling allows engineers and artists alike to quickly create complex models that can be turned into physical models or used as digital assets. This class teaches the fundamental skills to work in a 3D environment and create models. Students learn about the core concepts of both solid and polygon modeling and how they differ. There are opportunities to hold physical creations as students learn the process of preparing designs for digital fabrication and deploying the jobs. This is the perfect class for anyone looking to make their first steps as a 3D artist, engineer, architect, designer, and innovator. This course can be used to satisfy the Visual Arts departmental graduation requirement. (Cross listed with the IDEAS Center.)

Black & White Film Photography

This course is an introduction to the world of black and white film photography. Students will learn to operate and use traditional black and white film cameras. In the darkroom they will process the negatives, develop contacts sheet, and make enlargements. Prerequisite: Digital Photo 1


Ceramics: Functional Form

Basic throwing and handbuilding with glaze techniques and kiln firing. This is a yearlong course.

Faculty Bios:

Kipp Greene

B.A. SUNY Purchase
M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University
Arts Department Chair
Gehring Dorm Head
Baseball Coach


Mr. Greene grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley. He taught at his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, for 15 years, five years on the home campus and 10 years on VCU’s campus in Qatar. Mr. Greene and his family then moved to South Korea, where he taught art and design at the Cheongna Dalton School. A practicing artist for more than 25 years, his work has been showcased in major galleries and international exhibitions including the Tashkent Biennial in Uzbekistan and the Summer Olympic Games Exhibition in Xi’an, China. He has been on the board of directors of major galleries and was the founding director of the BongDuk Foundation Gallery in Korea. He has traveled to over 35 different countries and experienced art and design in each of them. He has attended Documenta, Meunster Sculpture, and the Venice, Gwangju, and Singapore Biennials (to name a few). When not teaching, Mr. Greene enjoys re-discovering lost art, fishing, and baseball (though he doesn’t actually enjoy baseball…he’s a Mets fan). Mr. Greene and his wife, Jin, daughter, Clare, and son, Xavier, live on campus in the Gehring dorm.

Lauren Head

B.A. William Smith College
Visual Arts Teacher
Prep Alpine Ski Head Coach
Girls’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach


Ms. Head has a B.A. in studio art, more than 30 years of experience in art education, and is the founder and director of the Gould blacksmithing program. She has attended numerous workshops at institutions including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Center for Creative Imaging, The Carving Studio, and Sculpture Center and Peters Valley Craft Center. She has been responsible for coordinating workshops with visiting artists to support the art curriculum and the Sophomore Four Point Program. Her work has been commissioned for non-profit and private collections.

Ms. Head is an avid skier and former member of the U.S. Telemark Ski Team and a National Champion in Telemark Giant Slalom and Moguls. She is the Head Coach of Gould’s Prep Alpine Team and is a Level 3 nationally certified coach, and in the springtime is the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach. When not teaching or working in the studio, Mrs. Head is climbing mountains, skiing, tending to her rabbits and garden, and participating in outdoor activities with her husband, Robert Baribeau (boys’ head tennis coach), and son, Alexander ’21.