1. The art program at Burlington High School is respected throughout the region. Our curriculum is a model of current educational trends.

2. We have excellent facilities, supplies and storage space to provide a program which is considered accelerated by most high school standards. We have a major strength in our use of technology. Two twenty-station Macintosh computer labs, large-format printers, digital cameras, scanners, graphics tablets and the most current professional graphics software are well-maintained and used every day by BHS art students as tools in communicating their ideas and feelings.

3. The program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students. We strongly believe that ALL students can benefit from our art courses. The art courses complement and balance students’ academic work, and we try to make the subject relevant to both their other courses and to whatever they might choose to do in their futures. Students develop their problem solving skills, work ethic, cooperative effort, and creative thinking (all much-desired skills in today’s job market), as well as developing a concern for refined craftsmanship.

4. Our regular use of critiques, both group and individual, combined with the high level of expectation from our teaching staff, help our art students develop analytical minds and grow artistically, intellectually and personally.

5. We encourage our students to compete and present their work on local, state, and national levels, where they consistently perform well. We have exhibited at the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, as well as at other shows. We host our annual student exhibition in March, and a Portfolio Exhibition in the Spring (And please, come see the show!). Every year our students earn places at Worcester Art Museum’s Art All-State weekend, where they work on large collaborations with professional artists and other art students from across Massachusetts.

About Us

Thanks for visiting! We hope you enjoy the artwork on our site, a sampling of the pieces created in our studios by motivated, engaged young artists. To give you a better idea of what students in our art classes have to look forward to, we have listed some of our strengths below.

6. We make a point of exposing students to as many great works of art as possible, encouraging their participation throughout the year on a number of field trips to art museums, architecture firms, and art walk tours. Students have been to New York City to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, both of which they found inspiring. We’ve also gone on trips to the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

7. Our teachers are well-trained and experienced, and they are practicing artists themselves.

8. Students often have the same art teacher for two, three, and sometimes even four years. This is one of the only disciplines in which that might occur during their high school careers. Students can look to that teacher as a mentor, someone they trust to provide good advice about any number of concerns, including college. As they get to know the students well over the years, the art teachers are often asked to write letters of reference by seniors whether or not they plan to major in the visual arts.

9. The variety of courses we offer add both breadth and depth to the portfolios of students who intend to study art after high school. Students put together digital and slide portfolios during the school day to gain admittance to leading colleges and universities.

10. Many students who do not plan to major in art add the digital portfolio as a supplement to their college applications.

11. The art staff’s knowledge of post-secondary programs and careers in the arts is an invaluable resource for our students, parents, and guidance staff.

12. Each fall, art schools come from the east coast come to actively recruit Burlington art students. Slide presentations by these schools are conducted in the classroom, and representatives sometimes conduct reviews of student portfolios on the spot.

  1. 13.Our students are accepted to leading art colleges and universities such as the Massachusetts College of Art, The Art Institute of Boston, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt, Syracuse, the School of Visual Arts and others. Alumni are now working in a variety of art fields.

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Burlington High School Art Department    123 Cambridge Street     Burlington, MA   01803     781.273.7024


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