Since our founding as a private school in Michigan, Cranbrook Schools has placed a high priority on active engagement of our students in the appreciation, observation, and creation of art. We value experience with art not primarily for the practical benefits, but for the insight, satisfaction, and enjoyment it can add to our students’ lives and perspectives. Just as the Booths honored artistic and architectural talent, involving renowned architect Eliel Saarinen and revered sculptor Carl Milles in the vision of our campus, Cranbrook Schools continues to believe that creative and artistic exploration is a vital component of our school’s mission.
Cranbrook Schools’ fine arts faculty is comprised of working artists who practice what they teach. Our students can access their mentor’s work as easily as the work of their peers in any one of the many courses we offer: photography, drawing and painting, metalsmithing, fibers, sculpture, and ceramics. In the classroom, each artistic endeavor is approached with the belief that everyone has the capacity to make art, and our faculty aims to celebrate that ability in each student. As a result, Cranbrook students discover their own artistic voice. They become visually literate, develop an active aesthetic consciousness, and attain a lifelong appreciation the arts.
Our students’ artwork is a celebration of creative expression and free thought. By engaging our students in the fine arts, emphasis is placed on learning by doing, which in turn fosters self-confidence and individualism. The pieces of art in the galleries were conceptualized and developed by the students at Cranbrook Schools. Each piece is a unique reflection of the value our school places on creativity and the artistic voice. The Fine Arts program at Cranbrook helps to distinguish us as one of the best private boarding and day schools in Michigan.