Cushing is home to one of the most highly respected visual arts programs in secondary education, offering college-level instruction and exceptional equipment and facilities. We support many kinds of artistic expression, including:
- architectural design
- glass work (stained glass, fused glass, molded glass, and more)
- painting and drawing
- pottery and sculpture
- silversmithing and jewelry fabrication
Our courses are designed to encourage beginners, inspire advanced students, and challenge those who are working at the studio artist level. You will have opportunities to learn first-hand from talented faculty members and guest artists, while extending your studies through travel and off-campus experiences. Many of our best students exhibit their work—not just locally, but also in cities such as New York and London.
For students at every level, the Emily Fisher Landau Center for Visual Arts offers state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including:
- Pottery & Sculpture Studio with nine Brent wheels, slab roller, extruder, electric and raku kilns
- Photography Studio with lab for developing black and white film and a group darkroom with 10 enlargers for students to make their own prints. Students studying digital photography use Macs, Photoshop, and professional Epson printers.
- Art Studio (40’ x 80’) for painting and drawing
- Silversmithing Studio for making jewelry, flatware, and hollowware—complete with an impressive collection of historic metalsmithing tools, some from the 1880s
- Glass Studio for cutting glass, working with lead cane, soldering, working with copper foil, painting on glass, and making glass jewelry
Many Cushing graduates have gone on to prestigious art schools and are enjoying professional careers in the arts—but we also welcome students who may follow a different path. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our program, we’d be happy to hear from you.
Visual Arts Department
39 School Street
P.O. Box 8000
Ashburnham, MA 01430-8000