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.

Weaving in 3rd Grade Art
1st Grade Art

Visual Arts by Division

Dedicated Art Gallery 

Student artwork can be found on display throughout our hallways and in our dedicated art gallery housed in the Laura and Jack Boyd Smith, Jr. Performing Arts Center. The art gallery offers the opportunity for dedicated art exhibitions featuring various grade levels and topics relevant to current classroom curriculum or happenings in our local community. Students also work with a local guest artist each year to create a collaborate art exhibit. 

Lower school students working alongside local guest artist

Lower school students collaborating with local artist Freddy Rodriguez to create a kindness mural.

Tiger Talk Blog - Arts Features

Jess Loyd standing in her art exhibit
Lindsey Hab, Director of Marketing and Communications

Experience artwork designed to create pause - encouraging you to slow down and wonder. Mrs. Loyd's gallery exhibit offers just that with a playful and interactive collection of pieces to help you experience time differently, all made with everyday, accessible materials. Come interact with each art piece at one of her upcoming open gallery times.

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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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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
MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, University of Reno - Lake Tahoe (December 2023)

Mrs. Loyd came to Stanley Clark after serving as the Curator of Education at the South Bend Museum of Art for over a decade. Her previous experience in making art accessible to the community and teaching children through adults how to look at art and make art was her springboard into art education. Her passion for teaching curiosity, creativity, connectedness, courage, and confidence is wrapped up in every lesson, unit, and conversation with her students. Learning to think, explore creatively, and help her students discover their passion is always the goal in the studio. 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.