Visual Arts

Arts Education at The Barstow School

Lower School
Lower school students in kindergarten through grade 5 take art class twice a week for 40 minutes, while preschool and prekindergarten students take classes twice a week for a shorter period. Visiting artists introduce students to new art forms and techniques.

Children develop vocabulary, motor and hand-eye skills by being active participants in art. It stretches their imaginations, expand their world perspective and builds confidence—while encouraging pupils to describe, analyze, and interpret visual images.

Middle and Upper School
In middle and upper school, two- and three-dimensional art classes are offered as electives to students in grades six through twelve. Students in middle school may choose from such classes as General Art, Painting, Black and White Photography and Ceramics. These classes are offered on a semester basis and students may repeat the course for credit and a more challenging curriculum.

Upper school students take Art Fundamentals as a graduation requirement and as a prerequisite for other art classes. After students complete all course work in a specific media, they may take Advanced Drawing and Painting Honors, Photography Honors or Advanced Ceramics Honors. Each spring, seniors display and sell their works in an art show in Barstow's Embry Gallery. 

Inspired by Visiting Artists


Lower school artist of the quarter Sydney Georgie, grade 5, shows her work to Mr. Foster on December 13, 2018. Her wintery scene is inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's "Polar Express." Students in Mrs. Kukuk's class learned about perspective and vanishing points to create chalk pastel images of a train moving through the snow. (Photo by Todd Race)

List of 4 members.

  • Mallory Hilvitz 

    US & MS Art, Fine & Performing Arts Chair
    (816) 277-0349
    William Jewell College - B.A.
    University of Missouri - Kansas City - M.A.
  • Bridget Kukuk 

    LS Art Grades 1 - 5
    (816) 277-0371
    University of Kansas - B.A.E.
  • Lilli Lackey 

    The Barstow School
    MS & US Art
    (816) 277-0424
    University of Kansas - B.A.E.
  • Dana Weber 

    The Barstow School
    LS Early Childhood Art PS-K, PS Creative Movement, LS Physical Ed. K, 2
    University of Kansas - Master of Science

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