Student Life

Visual Arts

We view the visual arts as a form of communication, self-reflection, and expression. As our students grow and develop, it is our goal to offer experiences that allow our students to be fully involved in the process of art making through the exploration of a large variety of media and methods. We are also concerned with developing visual literacy as our students learn about art elements and principles, cultural heritage, art history and aesthetic valuing. Essential components in our visual arts curriculum are developing creative thinking and technical skills.
The Visual Arts faculty recognizes and values the creative spirit, an essence at the core of all humanity. Through our courses and classes, students will discover their artistic abilities, develop an on-going knowledge of elements and principles, and experience confidence in self-expression. Heritage, aesthetic criticism, and skills in art-making are inherent throughout the visual art program. Students will develop greater awareness of personal potential, communicate thoughts and feelings through a variety of media, and better perceive and appreciate the world in which they live.
St. Margaret's Visual Arts students participate in the annual Coffee House Cabaret, a combined Visual and Performing Arts event. Student artwork is on display around campus throughout the year and during the interactive Artists as Change-makers event in the spring. There are large-scale Visual Arts shows on campus: the annual K-12 Student Art Show showcasing over 200 pieces of student work , the AP/Senior Art Show, and two grade 8 art shows.
St. Margaret's visual art students regularly participate in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, Color It Orange (Orange County) art competition, the Orange County Imagination Celebration and the Junior Art Exhibit at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

List of 4 items.

  • Lower School

    Students in the Lower School experience Visual Art, one day a week, with the Lower School art teacher.
    Extra projects and after-school programs are available.
  • Middle School

    St. Margaret's offers Visual Art classes for all grades 6 and 7 students.
    Visual Art 3-D and Visual Art 2-D are offered as electives for grade 8.
    St. Margaret's Middle School produces an annual Yearbook.
  • Preschool

    The Visual Arts program in Preschool emphasizes creativity and exploration with an introduction to paint, collage, clay and 3-D construction. Creative exploration of materials is available in the dedicated Preschool Art Room each day and staffed by a full-time art teacher. Open-ended art activities are offered daily in the classrooms.
  • Upper School

    • Clay Hand Building
    • Advanced Clay
    • Intermediate Clay
    • Photography
    • Advanced Photography
    • AP Photography
    • Studio Art I
    • Studio Art II
    • Studio Art III
    • Studio Art IV
    • Film as Art: The History and Appreciation of American Cinema
    • (1 year elective course for Upper School students)
    • Filmmaking
    • AP Art History
    • AP Studio Art (2D-Design)
    • AP Studio Art (3D-Design)
    • AP Studio Art (Drawing)

Visual Arts Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Amanda Albanese 

  • Karen Bennett 

    Film & Media
  • Phillip Griswold 

    MS/US Visual Arts Teacher
  • Mary Mayer-Grubb 

    K-5 Visual Arts Teacher
  • Jesse Standlea 

    US & MS Visual Arts; Department Chair
An independent preschool through grade 12 college-preparatory day school in Orange County, California
St. Margaret's Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid, hiring and athletic policies or in other school-administered programs.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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