Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program at Bentley is a K-12 comprehensive experience encouraging interdisciplinary thinking in pursuit of a confident artistic voice. Students are guided in the development of self-expression, collaborative skills, observation, innovative application of craft, and an understanding of the elements and principles of design. Students build an appreciation of art and artists from a wide variety of perspectives, time periods, media, cultural origins, and subject matter. Bentley students develop strong skills in visual literacy, and are able to critically engage with our visually driven contemporary world. The curriculum progresses through the K-12 program with a focus on creative problem solving that enhances all areas of learning.

Middle School visual arts classes are electives that meet four times per week. In addition to the annual all school art show, student work is showcased in rotating exhibits displayed throughout the Hiller Campus year round.

The Bentley Story

Founded in 1920, Bentley School has fostered an environment that challenges the mind, striving to bring out the best in every one of its students. Bentley School is committed to academic excellence as well as the development of character and spirit in each of its students. (Read more in the Head of School's Message.)

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K-8 Campus
1 Hiller Drive
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 843-2512
9-12 Campus
1000 Upper Happy Valley Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-2101

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