University School of Jackson

Visual Art

Students of all ages at USJ are given ample opportunities to showcase and refine their artistic talents through our Visual Arts programs. The visual arts department challenges our students’ talents and showcases them throughout our school and the community through art exhibits and competitions. Arts at The U, our annual arts exhibit sponsored by the Arts Guild, allows for all lower, middle, and upper school students to display their artwork to our fellow USJ family. Community competitions such as the Bank of Jackson Art Show, the West TN Regional Student Art Competition, and more, give students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and compete against students from other schools. Our Upper School students also regularly attend the Governor’s School for the Arts, a rigorous four-week residency summer program, in which students admitted show true talent and motivation. Through these events, our students are encouraged to improve upon their skills and work diligently to achieve their artistic goals.


Students Create Artwork Inspired by Shepard Fairey

Leah Zwart Hackett's Art 1 class studied contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, who was best known for his abstracted Obama Hope poster along with numerous magazine covers. The students used photographs and filtered the pictures to choose color schemes and simplify the details. On the enlarged drawings, students practiced color mixing and worked on their brush skills in preparation for more painting this semester. The results are bold, fun, and impressive.

Middle School Art Students Created Artwork Based Off History

In Anna McPeake's middle school art class, students looked at Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, and made clay dream bowls. Each student made a bowl and incorporated images and quotes that were inspirational to them.  

Click here to view pictures of current artwork, as well as artwork from previous years.

Art 1 Create Artwork Inspired by Shepard Fairy

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For More Information

Anna McPeake
Middle School Art

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Kay Thomson
2nd-5th Grade Art

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Darlene Tanner
Junior Cubs-1st Grade Art

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