An independent co-educational school serving preschool through Grade 8.

Visual Arts

Students study visual arts with a dedicated art teacher from preschool through 8th grade. They are introduced to a variety of techniques and mediums, including architectural design, drawing, three-dimensional artwork, ceramics, collage, mixed media, printmaking, painting, fiber arts, and glass fusing. Each division has a dedicated art studio with a wide variety of materials and resources for exploration and creativity, including five pottery wheels, a clay kiln, two glass kilns, a slab roller, and a clay extruder. In addition, students learn about a variety of artists - both historical and working, and the visual vocabulary of art.

Early ChildhoodArt
4th Grade Art Class
1st Grade Art
Weaving in 3rd Grade Art
Middle School Art Class

Meet Our Faculty

Sarah Lotter

Sarah Lotter
Art Teacher (Preschool - 3rd Grade)

B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University
M.S. in Child Development from Erikson Institute

Mrs. Lotter understands that children need opportunities to ask questions, look at things differently, explore their emotions and take in new perspectives. She continues to be inspired by other artists and more importantly, the curious child. She takes pride in providing children with unique, open-ended materials that offer an invitation to explore and create collaboratively. Through her interpretation of the Reggio Emilia approach and her extensive background in child development, Sarah enhances and guides children’s exposure to new art concepts and provide authentic and respectful documentation of that learning process. 

Jess Loyd

Jess Loyd
Art Teacher (4th - 8th Grade)

B.A. in Studio Arts, Education from Saint Mary's College

Mrs. Loyd came to Stanley Clark after serving as the Curator of Education at the South Bend Museum of Art for 13 years and teaching ceramics for 16 years at SBMA. She has continued her education through awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, Glen Arbor Art Association and Alfred University Summer Ceramic Arts. Her work has been included in the Indiana Governor's Show and she is a member of the Indiana Women's Caucus for Art.

Tiger Talk Blog

Looking at Art
Jess Loyd, 4th-8th Grade Art Teacher

Looking at art can help you gain different perspectives, engage new thought processes, and find a commonality with others. But where do you begin? Discover how art teacher, Jess Loyd, introduced the idea of looking at art to her middle school classes and how you can follow the same steps to begin exploring art!

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Middle School Boys drawing in Art Class
Jess Loyd, Preschool and Middle School Art Teacher

While many would define an artist as someone with the ability to draw, middle school art teacher, Jess Loyd, would argue there is so much more to art than drawing. Discover how she helps students move beyond this mindset and the fear of drawing while laying the groundwork for a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

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