Visual Arts


Visual Arts

The Country Day Art Department is comprised of two full-time teachers and two part-time teachers who teach art to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The Lower School art teacher teaches several projects throughout the year, and lessons include both studio processes and an introduction to concepts from Art History. Our spacious art studio is brimming with artists’ tools and professional quality supplies that enable our youngest artists to experience success in creating work that is not only visually pleasing, but that also develops excellent technique and an appreciation for the process of art creation.

Middle and High School classes include both 2D and 3D media and are offered as Electives within each division. Offerings include Middle School Drawing, Ceramics, and Studio Art and High School Studio Art, AP Studio Art, Ceramics, and Drawing.

Within these classes, students explore ideas and media while developing ever more sophisticated skills in areas which include drawing, painting, design, printmaking, jewelry design & construction, ceramics, sculpture, and architectural design & construction, depending on the grade level. AP Art History, a year-long college survey class, is offered as an academic class through the History Department in the High School.

Country Day Arts Faculty

Andy Cunningham,
Mr. Cunningham teaches Middle School and High School Drawing. He has a BA in Humanities from Menlo College and a Masters of Fine Arts from Hunter College, NYC. Visit his website at

Julie Didion,
Ms. Didion teaches High School ceramics.  She has a BA degree from California State University, Sacramento, and is well known for her fanciful shoe and purse sculptures.

Patricia Kelly,
Fine Arts department chair Patricia Kelly teaches Middle School Ceramics, Middle School Studio Art and High School Studio Art. She has an MA degree in Art from California State University, Sacramento.

Julie Shanks,
Mrs. Shanks teaches art and art history to Lower School students from Pre-Kindergarten through the 5th grade. She has a BA in Art from California State University, Sacramento.

Articles and Interviews Featuring the Faculty