While every Falmouth Academy student is introduced to the fine arts through the arts-in-humanities program, those are short-term projects. Students may engage in a year-long study of painting, drawing, ceramics, or sculpture through elective courses. We also include photography and woodworking in the fine arts program. A range of courses allows students from beginner to advanced levels to find a rewarding challenge.
As with other aspects of the core curriculum, arts teachers ensure that students have the proper base of knowledge in their chosen medium. In woodworking, students are encouraged to design their own project and then bring it to reality with the close coaching of their woodworking instructors. Here, finished projects may be as finely-wrought as an inlaid chess board or as elegant as a writing desk. Painting students study light, dark, and shades of gray long before they uncap their colored paints. Photography and painting classes take field trips to the Knob, the Punch Bowl, and other locales near the school. Ceramics projects range from small pinch pots to graceful hand-thrown vases and raku-fired masks.
Our commitment to exercising the creative minds of our students allows them to live and study surrounded by art. Their work is on display in the Falmouth Academy Gallery in a series of rotating exhibitions featuring particular class projects or works from several classes. The Spring Art Show includes senior retrospectives as well as work from students in all grades, in all art, photography, and woodworking courses.
In 1991, Falmouth Academy founded the Small Independent Schools Art League (SISAL) which holds an annual juried show of student work from some twenty-two independent schools in the Boston-Providence-Worcester area.