Oxbridge Alumni


Visual Art

When a student gets a creative idea and goes directly to their sketch book, that's the fun part for me. I see them get so excited that they can no longer communicate with me because they just need to do. They need to create. Melissa Swift, 2D Art Teacher

The Oxbridge Visual Arts program embraces a wide range of 2D and 3D media including drawing, painting, sculpture, woodworking, digital art, and photography. Students are inspired by talented and accomplished teachers who provide individual attention while allowing the student to creatively express themselves. While the concepts of design, aesthetics, and historical context are included in faculty instruction, students are also encouraged to enjoy the process, use self-expression, and learn to evaluate and critique their work.

In addition to classroom practice and instruction, the curriculum includes visiting artists, travel opportunities, local exhibitions, and competitions. Last year, Oxbridge students created the Somos Ayotzinapa exhibition (We are all Ayotzinapa) at Oxbridge Academy. The first-of-its-kind collaboration featured work from 15 classes and more than 200 students who were inspired by renowned photographer and multidisciplinary artist, Edward Hillel. The exhibition was part of Project 43, a collective global art campaign to rally for the 43 students from Ayotzinapa College in Guerrero, Mexico, who were abducted by the police and never seen or heard from again.

Sarah Knouse, Visual Arts Department Chair
Education: Master’s in Fine Arts from Hunter College
Distinguishing Honors: Sarah Knouse is a sculptor, designer, and arts educator who specializes in the design and construction of mixed media sculptures, textile art, and other diverse 2-D and 3-D creative processes. Sarah has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally. She is also a recent recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship prize in Visual Arts. She previously taught at The Gateway School of New York, where she taught ceramics and kinetic sculpture.
Classes Taught: Wood and Metal Working 1, 2, & 3; Ceramics 1, 2, & 3; Mixed Media Sculpture; Sculpture Foundations
Teaching Philosophy: I firmly believe that each student should have the opportunity to contribute to a work of art that feels bigger than him or herself.
Hidden Talent: I am a practicing sculptor who exhibits both nationally and internationally, in addition to delivering public artist lectures. My sculpture studio is located in downtown Lake Worth.