Art is an integral part of a well-rounded and balanced education. Exposing students to the fine arts has a long-lasting impact on not just their academic goals, but their quality of life and their understanding of the world. The McKinley Art program lead by local artist and designer, Barbara Smith includes art appreciation, art history, terminology, experiential and experimental processes, and classic techniques.

Transdisciplinary learning and IB principles and themes are integrated into the lessons. Contemporary living artists, as well as the great masters, and lesser-known but equally important artists are discussed alongside the art and craft traditions of other countries and cultures. Students will build upon skills taught earlier in the program and discover their unique talents in the visual arts.