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Visual Arts

Today’s visual age demands a comprehensive arts education, and we seek to shape a more intelligent, diverse, confident and creative adult in the modern world by investing in art education as essential learning.

A Lipscomb Academy student creates art in a crowded room

Art is about communication, creativity and cooperation, and by studying art your children will have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives and experience the world from a new perspective. Art gives them a language that cuts across the disciplines and helps them to see connections, bringing a more coherent meaning to the world.

At Lipscomb Academy your child learns the fundamentals of art in a creative environment and in the context of art history. The curriculum has strong connections with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines and with the concept of experiment. The art program fosters their imagination, problem-solving and teamwork skills, the development of technique and their individual digital portfolios.

Your child will learn two-dimensional and three-dimensional design in a sequenced curriculum beginning in pre-kindergarten. All grade levels are taught by talented, passionate artists who teach that art reflects the Creator of it all.

Erin Rickelton, art faculty

Erin Rickelton, art faculty, recognized as an outstanding educator.

Erin Rickelton was recognized in the 2020 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards as an outstanding educator whose dedication, commitment, and guidance were represented by student work selected for national honors. 
Rickelton has taught art and journalism at Lipscomb Academy for the last 22 years. Since joining the fine arts department, she has been instrumental in adding nine classes to increase the fine arts knowledge of her students, including 2D design, 3D design, painting, independent drawing, photography, AP studio art, and senior show. 
In 2000, after realizing that the academy did not have a platform for showcasing student artwork, Rickelton created and implemented a student art show that continues to this day. 
Actively involved in multiple extracurricular activities with students, Rickelton created the Art Club and Service Club and together with Ginger Reasonover, Lower School science faculty, launched the Green Club and recycling program at the academy. In 2018, Rickelton received the Living Water Volunteer of the Year Award for her project to sell student-made artwork, primarily created from reclaimed wood and other repurposed materials, which raised approximately $10,000 to build multiple clean water wells around the world.


the dreamer, the Lipscomb Academy creative arts journal

a celebration of the imagination and creativity of the dreamer

Click to read each issue:


Christmas Cookies Baked and Iced by 6th Grader

Best in Show Christmas Cookies

The Great LA Baking Contest

The Art Club hosted a Christmas baking contest and invited all students, faculty, and staff to participate. Students from PreK to grade 12 participated. Best in Show was awarded to sixth-grader Olivia Darst. Ruby Vaughn, senior, was awarded second place, and sophomore Ella Thompson received third.


Student Artwork

Student Artwork The Artist

Mattie Ree Neal won the American Visions Medal and National Gold Medal in the 2020 Scholastic Art Competition for her painting "The Artist."

Student Artwork Golden Hour

Annabelle Parrish was named a 2020 Scholastic Art Award American Vision Nominee for her painting Golden Hour.

Clouds Over Kenya

"Clouds Over Kenya," painted by Audrey Gaither, sold for a record high in the student artwork silent auction during the 2020 Art Event.

Clay Artwork

Academy students molded clay creations.

Students created larger-than-life replicas of favorite items.

Academy students created larger-than-life replicas of favorite items.