Visual Arts

I was never initially into creating art and struggled to find the inspiration, and therefore ended up in the class because it was required for graduation. However, after the first day, I completely fell in love with it! Each and every day I look forward to my drawing class, and I've become a more rounded person because of it." Sasha '16

University Prep artists engage in a wide variety of processes and media to create increasingly conceptual and complex visual work as they progress through various courses. Visual Art teachers value development of skills, visual problem solving, and experimentation. The emphasis of UPrep’s studio program is connecting the artistic experience to movements in social justice, identity development, and individual creative voice.

Student Distinctions:

  • Film-making award winners at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)
  • Upper School Photography – numerous first and second place awards at the Washington State High School Photography Competition
  • Upper School Journalism – three-time Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association
  • Yearbook – best cover in 2011 and 2015 for Washington State from the Walsworth Yearbooks of Distinction competition


  • Visual Arts teacher Dana Bettinger has recently presented at numerous regional and national conferences and serves as the school’s ULab coordinator.
  • Visual Arts teacher Ty Talbot is an ART21 Educator, has presented at numerous national conferences, and regularly displays his artwork in the Seattle area.
  • Visual Arts teacher Ray Yang also works as a teaching artist with the Seattle Art Museum, facilitating teen workshops and special projects.