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: stained glass, fused glass, molded glass, and more
  • painting and drawing
  • photography
  • pottery and sculpture
  • silversmithing and jewelry fabrication
Our courses are designed to encourage beginners, inspire advanced students, and challenge those who consider themselves studio artists. 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 locally and as opportunities arise elsewhere.
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 came, 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

Around the World in 7 Minutes

Continuous sketch by Reiji Shimane '16 with original music by Daniel Bae '16

Visual Arts Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Deborah Gardner

    Deborah Gardner 

    Visual Arts - Dept. Head
    Bridgewater State College - B.S.
  • Photo of Jeanine Eschenbach

    Jeanine Eschenbach 

    Art Teacher
    Tufts University - B.A., M.F.A.
  • Photo of Katherine Lemieux

    Katherine Lemieux 

    Art Teacher

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.