Visual Arts

The Johnson Art Center is central to the lives and learning of Purnell students. Classes in the Studio Arts Center cover a wide range of media including: drawing, painting, graphic design, illustration, digital photography, fashion and jewelry design, ceramics, and sculpture.

Students who are applying to college art programs are mentored through the portfolio development process and their works of art are photographed at Purnell. Art students from Purnell have attended all of the top art and design college programs in the U.S.

Every April, the Studio Arts department sponsors the E.B. Osborne Artist in Residence Weekend at the Purnell campus. Artists from many disciplines come to the Purnell School to share their journeys as creative artists and to conduct workshops for our students. This annual event is much anticipated by the students.

Student Gallery

There are many opportunities for students to exhibit art at Purnell. Gould Gallery is a student managed exhibition space with several changing exhibits of Purnell student art during the school year. In addition, the Art Center has exhibition space that continuously features current student work. Every year students exhibit work in several local exhibits as well as county and state exhibits for teen artists.

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