The Visual Arts program at Bentley is a K-12 comprehensive experience focusing on the development of students’ technical abilities as well as skills in creative problem-solving. The faculty offers a curriculum which places art within an historical context and explores the use of a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography.

In the Upper School, our dedicated art studios include specialized equipment with a digital media lab, photography darkroom, ceramic studio along with studios for drawing or painting. While honing the skills of visual communication and artistic expression, students also develop abilities in critical thought, contextual realization, self-reflection, and time management. The Visual Arts curriculum is designed for students to continually build a strong portfolio of work suitable for college entrance requirements.

Lamorinda Arts Council's 17th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition

The Upper School Visual and Performing Arts Department is pleased to announce that several winners were recognized at the Lamorinda Arts Council's 17th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition Awards Reception on February 11. Ten area high schools participated and hundreds of works were submitted. Incredibly, Kate Lee, '22, took home the "Best in Show" for her piece, Bird Show Case. 1st Place in the Digital Arts category went to Ella Braff, '21, for her piece, There is Reality to Every Dream. Two "Honorable Mention" awards were given to Bella Premo, '20, for Grandma's Basement, and to Ella McNiel, for Browning Montana
The following students' fantastic artworks are also on display in the Visual Arts Competition exhibition, and we congratulate every single one for their success in becoming exhibiting artists: Maya Aviles, Oliver Bock, Isabelle Bodner, Alex Booth, Reily Chao-Bierhaus, Caroline Chen, Jasmine Edwards, Jack Ficken, Leo Floros, Sophie Foster, Jason Gutstadt, Lilia Hammond, Jerry Henderson, Chayil Hinton, Joshua Hunter, Alessandro Ingegno, Kaylee Ishihara, Isaac Kantor, Meher Kaur, Chloe Kormose, Ineza Lopes, Alyla Meir, Peter Milnes, Ronan Neill, Henry Nitzberg, Isabela Premo, Benjamin Randall, Anaïs Reiss, Elijah Scott, Riley Sims, Grayson Smith, Bea Spade, Benjamin Spielman, John Strouzas, Xiomara Tilghman, Ruby Trost-Goldhammer, Arai Varela-Wilkerson, Saul Weiss, Milo Wessel, Zoe Wessel, Avana Williams, Sophia Yun. 

Visual Arts Department

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Michelle Cho

    Michelle Cho 

    10th Grade Dean, Upper School Ceramics Teacher
  • Photo of Kelsey Jones

    Kelsey Jones 

    Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
  • Photo of Aram Muksian

    Aram Muksian 

    Upper School Visual Arts Teacher


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