Art as a Process

The Academy's visual arts faculty approach art as a process comprising visual analysis, skill development, intuitive discovery, and critical thinking. The program is structured as a sequential, spiraling curriculum beginning in grade 6 where students are introduced to the vocabulary, concepts, and skills that are central to their visual arts education.

Learning to take informed risks and being inventive in making images and objects are central to the program. Classes emphasize design, skills of seeing and drawing, problem solving, persistence, and personal expression. The study of historical and cultural traditions is an essential part of expanding students' visual awareness.

The critique process is central to visual arts teaching at the Academy. Within a climate of mutual trust and respect, it provides a forum in which concepts are reinforced, ideas are tested, and originality is celebrated. Students graduate with strong critical skills, developed aesthetic judgment, and the ability to use images and objects to communicate both the practical and the poetic.
    • Visual Arts Up Close

      A look at the visual arts at Albuquerque Academy by graduate and videographer Erin Hudson Schalk '97, assisted by Sage Voorhees '13.

Visual Arts Faculty

The Academy's visual arts faculty (listed below) are all working artists and scholars with a shared sense of purpose and commitment to the transformative power of an arts education.

List of 8 members.

Albuquerque Academy is a private, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving middle school and high school students in grades 6 through 12, located in Albuquerque, NM.


6400 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109-3899
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